Whitebaiting 2013

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  • #23639
    yellowfin
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    Haha Oh where is the “like” button?

    #23648
    elmo22
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    not much bait at why-mac on Saturday but lots of ky caught sore approx. 9 caught

    #23667
    yellowfin
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    Plenty of bait going up the Waikouiti today. Some guy caught 4-5kgs just standing in the middle of the river. We missed the boat though but saw some creep up the mouth on the back tide. Could be a good sign with the up coming moon.

    #23708
    elmo22
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    hey fishforpot I hear that some one down at the avon river by kerrs reach have been catching heaps of whitebait 40-50lb and other good catches by what I have heard , Is that person YOU, have not seen you down at the mack yet :shock:

    #23709
    fishforpot
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    Anyone catching that much is obviously selling it ….

    I got my key to the gate on Saturday …will be down this week sometime .

    How’s the season stacking up ?

    Edited to add , had an impulse to eat fresh whitebait so shot down minutes after this post and nabbed just shy of 3lb before lunch …

    #23732
    fishforpot
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    Was just cruising past Richardson Trc heading East , just before Ferry Rd and stopped to see how some wanker was getting on whitebaiting ….
    Screw me blind if he didnt have 20lb in a bucket and another 15 or 20 in his scoop net …..the bait was coming thick and fast with the whole bottom of his net alive with fresh clean bait …

    He was telling me his best day last year was 96lb ..

    Is the bait running today at the Mac ? will it be tomorrow or early next week ?? …..

    #23760
    Miliwolf
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    Double that guys best catch and its approximately the amount a couple of dedicated guys I know caught all season in the Wairau last year. These guys get up at 4:30am, 7 days a week to make sure they get their spot…..

    I do not know why we get comparatively small runs in the Wairau, it has a enormous area of wetlands so should provide good spawning grounds. Maybe most of them make a beeline for the Lagoons and its maze of waterways avoiding all of the nets.

    Might have to go traveling next weekend :)

    #23761
    fishforpot
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    Youve gotta keep in mind that very very few are fishing the Heathcote and Avon , those two rivers have meant to be closed for fishing for the last 3 years due to pollution after the EQ’s ….. the bait stocks have exploded …..forget farming and lost breeding grounds , overfishing is what’s killing them off …..
    If we closed every second season it make a massive difference ….2 closed seasons and numbers would by insane

    #23762
    Miliwolf
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    Extremely disturbing if the rivers are closed due to contamination, and if he is catching so much he would be selling it… Sounds like MPI needs to get involved.

    #23770
    shark slayer
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    totaly agree with ffp..its overfishing that ruins the stocks,i dont bait much anymore and if i do its secluded spots..nothing worse than being next to old grumpy guys standing in a line up winging about all sorts of bullshit theories on why the bait is thin..and sitting there thinking,its because youve taken most of them you dickhead.there needs to be a 5 lb max limit put on them wich i think is still generous,hundreds of people lining up and taking as much as they want,what ya think was gonna happen??

    #23771
    yellowfin
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    All very well putting a limit on how much you catch but how many baiters take scales to the river? What about making them harder to catch? ie reducing the size of screen set up’s.Also I know on some rivers those dirty dragnetters get an awful lot. I think they should be banned also. One man for every net I say. But yeah.. make them harder to catch therefor more get through to their respective breeding grounds. Thoughts?

    #23772
    fishforpot
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    Give them the same status as Paua ….meaning you CANNOT sell it …

    Yesterday I heard of a guy fishing the Avon catching 500lb already this season , selling it in one hit for $12500 …
    The buyer onsold it for 15 grand 5 minutes later ……who is buying it and who is unwittingly eating it ?

    #23775
    yellowfin
    Participant

    Probably some restaurant in Auckland …………

    #23779
    Miliwolf
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    Parts of Australia have a daily weight limit (Tassy has 2kg a day), so if they can enforce and measure it then I see no reason why we can’t.

    If anyones interested, I think these are the tassy whitebaiting rules.

    http://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/fishery-manag … egulations

    #23782
    shark slayer
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    absolutely mili..it would be the fishermans obligation to have scales just like its our obligation to measure fish,crays,and paua.i think its long overdue.

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