11 June 2021 Fishingmag Newsletter

11 June 2021 Fishingmag Newsletter

Sockeye Salmon - Oncorhynchus nerka. This magnificent sea-run male sockeye salmon was caught and photographed in its native North America. Sockeye is one of the smallest of the seven species of Pacific salmon. They range in size from 24 (61cm) to 33 (83cm) inches in length and weigh between 5 (2.2kg) and 15 (6.8 kg) pounds (National Geographic). This is clearly a very big male fish. Image by Barbara Jackson from Pixabay

Sockeye Salmon – Oncorhynchus nerka – only landlocked stocks are found in New Zealand

We may have come very close to the second species of sea-run salmon in New Zealand with the sockeye.

There were two shipments of sockeye salmon ova from Canada to New Zealand. The first in 1899 travelled via Honolulu and Sydney but didn’t make it and spoiled en route. The second shipment of sockeye ova did arrive at Hakataramea two years later.

Unfortunately, the shipment arrived in bad condition because the packing was not suitable for long-distance carriage. Only 160,000 ova were good when unpacked, and there was a large percentage of deformed fish amongst those hatched out. In 1902 there was 5,000 sockeye fry liberated in tributaries of the Waitaki River, and a further 91,200 sockeye fry were liberated into Lake Ohau. This was the only successful importation of sockeye salmon to New Zealand. Read More… 

Chasing yellowtail kingfish on saltwater fly - Fishing the Collingwood Flats NZ.Yellowtail Kingfish on Saltwater Fly – Fishing the Collingwood Flats, Golden Bay, Nelson, New Zealand

The preferred tackle is an eight to ten weight saltwater flyrod that matches a suitable, strongly made, and corrosion-resistant fly reel. Either floating or intermediate sinking fly lines are used with a short 8-10kg tapered leader.
The ideal flies are Clouser minnows or biggish deceivers. Provided it isn’t too windy you can also try a popper fly which floats on the surface and when retrieved causes splashes that look to the kingfish like a fleeing baitfish. Watch for the bow wave of a fast-chasing kingfish.  Read More…
Cold Fish Smoker. This designed to produce smoked fish with a long storage life even without refrigeration.

Hot and Cold Fish Smoking Methods and How to Make a Cold Smoker by Stephen Coote

Producing smoked fish doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. Fish prepared this way can provide a delicious meal and immense satisfaction to the person who smoked it.

All sorts of fish can be smoked. Some people reckon species they don’t particularly enjoy eating fresh taste better smoked; kahawai and conger eel for instance. It’s a matter of taste.

Although smoking adds flavour, it probably originated as a preservation process. Meat and fish have been dried for centuries and it is not hard to imagine how an enterprising ancestor would have hung fish near a fire to hasten the drying.

Smoking can be done “cold” or “hot”. I regard hot smoking as a relatively quick process that cooks and flavours the fish.

Cold smoking takes longer but has the potential to preserve fish for a long time (even without refrigeration) if done properly. Bear in mind though, that smoking is probably approached in dozens of ways by different peoples and cultures.  Read More…

White Sharks Netted at Stewart Island by Dick Marquand

Great whites are now a protected species in New Zealand. 
Southern Seafoods manager, Mr Merv Moodie with two white sharks recently netted from the waters of Halfmoon Bay at Stewart Island. The larger shark was around 3.4 metres (11ft) in length, while the smaller shark measured only 2.8 metres (9ft). Despite its appearance and reputation, the white shark is the ultimate sea predator and is only doing what nature intended it to do. Photo by John Hawkins, Courtesy of the Southland Times.
The sightings from aircraft of what were believed to be white sharks in the eastern waters of Stewart Island prompted local commercial fishermen to set a 100-metre shark net in the waters of Halfmoon Bay. Read More…

Hi, welcome to this update.
There is a lot of gloom and doom at the moment surrounding the future of Canterbury’s once magnificent salmon fishery. In the last newsletter, I included a new article Poor Salmon Returns – Where have all the salmon gone? Kingfish Rising! I have added two links at the bottom of the article about the decline of the wild salmon fishery in the United States.
The Great White Shark has been fully protected in New Zealand waters since April 2007. I’m sure many will find this piece, added to our white shark page, interesting.
As sea temperatures rise, there are increasing numbers of kingfish showing up in Golden Bay, Nelson, and further south. As many will be aware these kingfish can be targeted over the Collingwood Flats, and other places, on saltwater fly fishing tackle. So, perhaps, every cloud has a silver lining.
The Twizel Canals are fishing well at this time of year if you can put up with the freezing conditions.
Snapper fishing has been good in the Marlborough Sounds over the summer.
There is still plenty of great fishing to be had in New Zealand though you may have to travel around the country to access it. 
Tight Lines, Allan Burgess
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