- 31/08/2013 at 11:03 am #23639
Haha Oh where is the “like” button?09/09/2013 at 4:45 am #23648elmo22Participant
not much bait at why-mac on Saturday but lots of ky caught sore approx. 9 caught15/09/2013 at 7:57 am #23667
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.29/09/2013 at 6:41 am #23708elmo22Participant
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 yet29/09/2013 at 6:36 pm #23709
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 …04/10/2013 at 4:25 am #23732
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 ?? …..06/10/2013 at 8:20 am #23760
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 weekend06/10/2013 at 5:43 pm #23761
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 insane06/10/2013 at 11:24 pm #23762
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.08/10/2013 at 10:34 pm #23770shark slayerParticipant
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??08/10/2013 at 11:34 pm #23771
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?08/10/2013 at 11:40 pm #23772
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 ?09/10/2013 at 8:51 am #23775
Probably some restaurant in Auckland …………10/10/2013 at 6:47 am #23779
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.10/10/2013 at 10:43 pm #23782shark slayerParticipant
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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