- 10/04/2006 at 12:56 am #6401
There were only 24 salmon caught during this year’s Rakaia Salmon Fishing Contest. That is very poor when you consider that there were some 730 anglers fishing over the three days. I know many people believe that the contestants are taking still more20/04/2006 at 7:10 am #7449
Hi22/04/2006 at 3:12 am #7450
While on the subject of this past 2005/2006 salmon season Peter Ritchie who lives at the mouth of the Rangitata River reports the following: Peter caught four salmon for the season. He reports that it took him about 400 man hours per salmon landed. At something like 3 to 5 hours per day it took Peter 67 days to land his first salmon for the season.
Peter believes that the total number of salmon taken in the Rangitata for the season was 47 on the south side and 52 on the north side of the mouth. The salmon taken weighed between 3.8 and 9.1 kgs. When you consider that25/04/2006 at 4:19 am #7451
An interesting article by Gavin James of NIWA, Christchurch, looks at a study of the stomach contents of over 800 chinook salmon taken as by-catch at sea off the Canterbury coast over a period of several years.
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