Waimakariri rivermouth.

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  • #6585
    yellowfin
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    I know from reading posts on here that a lot of you fish the mouth(as I do), but wondering if any of you regulars have seen or caught a Ray/Skate there? The reason I ask is that in all the years I have fished there I have never seen or heard of one until very recently, when I was told that somebody spooked one nearly stepping on it! Also I have seen 3 anglers in the last 2 mnths spooled by something I figure is rather large that has towed them out to the surf then taken there gear with them, periodically ‘going to ground’ along the way, definately a fish of some description judging from the action of the rods. 2 anglers were Salmon fishing & 1 surfcasting, & although the Salmon anglers swear they lost the fish of a lifetime, I have never known a Salmon to stop dead in its tracks for extended periods until enough pressure/leverage could be gained to get the thing off the bottom & moving again.

    Keen to hear your thoughts.

    #10510
    yellowfin
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    Not sure if this is coomon knowledge, but you can often get them to move if you tighten the line up and pluck it like a guitar. Can’t remember the number of times I got nailed by a ray fishing off the Raglan wharf when I was a kid.

    #10511
    yellowfin
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    Thanks for the advice, will remember that if ever I suspect I have a big 1 on the other end, cheers.

    #10512
    yellowfin
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    yes sounds like a skate to me have got them there on some occasions along with other very very large kaiwhai and other species although never been spolled bythem

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