Published On: Fri, Jan 19th, 2018

More Salmon Fishing Pictures from the 2017-2018 Season

More Salmon Fishing Pics from the 2017-18 Season

With Charles Smith

Erik Vanderzet and myself with a salmon each on the start of a great day fishing the clear edge on the Rakaia River, we caught our salmon in a matter of casts together. Salmon Fishing 2017-2018.

Erik Vanderzet and myself with a salmon each on the start of a great day fishing the clear edge on the Rakaia River, we caught our salmon in a matter of casts together. Salmon Fishing 2017-2018.

 
A nice salmon that couldn't resist the Amazing baits "Custom Rocket" 53g in the polished silver finish. In the last few years, I have put more emphasis on lure action in the surf instead of extreme distance, and it has worked in my favour but I always carry my heavy gear with me just in case. Salmon Fishing 2017-2018.

Above: A nice salmon that couldn’t resist the Amazing baits “Custom Rocket” 53g in the polished silver finish. In the last few years, I have put more emphasis on lure action in the surf instead of extreme distance, and it has worked in my favour but I always carry my heavy gear with me just in case.

 
Ben Reese with his first salmon of the season caught from the Rakaia surf.

Ben Reese with his first salmon of the season caught from the Rakaia surf.

 
Anglers lined up full of anticipation that any moment a salmon could take hold of there gear.

Anglers lined up full of anticipation that any moment a salmon could take hold of there gear.

 
Anglers lined up full of anticipation that any moment a salmon could take hold of there gear. A closer look. Salmon Fishing 2017-2018.

Anglers lined up full of anticipation that any moment a salmon could take hold of there gear. A closer look.

 
Dave Dekins from Hunting and Fishing, Tower Junction Christchurch, hooked-up in the surf. Salmon Fishing 2017-2018.

Dave Dekins from Hunting and Fishing, Tower Junction, Christchurch, hooked-up in the surf.

 
This is one of the best action photographs I have taken. Not very often will you capture a leaping salmon in mid-air. Salmon Fishing 2017-2018.

This is one of the best action photographs I have taken. Not very often will you capture a leaping salmon in mid-air.

 
This is one of the best action photographs I have taken. Not very often will you capture a leaping salmon in mid-air. Lets see that one up close too. Salmon Fishing 2017-2018.

This is one of the best action photographs I have taken. Not very often will you capture a leaping salmon in mid-air. Let’s see that one up close too.

 
Safe hands from Erik Vanderzet brings the salmon safely to shore. "Note Dave is still keeping the pressure on the salmon as its getting tailed up the bank. Often I see guys drop there rod tip as the salmon is grabbed and in doing so takes all pressure off the hook and at times will fall out and possibly get away". Salmon Fishing 2017-2018.

Safe hands from Erik Vanderzet brings the salmon safely to shore. “Note Dave is still keeping the pressure on the salmon as its getting tailed up the bank. Often I see guys drop there rod tip as the salmon is grabbed and in doing so takes all pressure off the hook and at times will fall out and possibly get away”.

 
Dave's salmon was in great condition, Its good to see the salmon in better condition this season. Salmon Fishing 2017-2018.

Dave’s salmon was in great condition, Its good to see the salmon in better condition this season. 

 
Dave's salmon was in great condition, Its good to see the salmon in better condition this season. Note the Kilwell Enticer 1200TW rods and Abu 7500 C3 baitcaster. Tried and tested salmon fishing gear. Salmon Fishing 2017-2018.

Dave’s salmon was in great condition, Its good to see the salmon in better condition this season. Note the Kilwell Enticer 1200TW rod and Abu 7500 C3 baitcaster. Excellent tried and tested salmon/surf fishing gear.

 
That's me with another limit bag. I hooked 4 salmon on that day, unfortunately, dropping 2 during the fight but still finished my day with a nice brace of salmon to enjoy with friends and family. Salmon Fishing 2017-2018.

That’s me with another limit bag. I hooked 4 salmon on that day, unfortunately, dropping 2 during the fight but still finished my day with a nice brace of salmon to enjoy with friends and family.

 
Just because the rivers are in flood doesn’t necessarily mean that the fishing is over until the river clears. Keep an eye on the sea swells, wind and tides and just maybe the opportunity will arise for some great salmon surf fishing. All photographs courtesy of Charles Smith.

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Canterbury Salmon


Anglers fishing for salmon during a fishing contest held in the tidal reaches of the Waimakariri River back in March 2012. Salmon are the premier sports fish in Canterbury. Catching them regularly requires experience and persistence.

Rakaia Salmon

Fishing for salmon in the surf at the mouth of Canterbury's Rakaia River during the annual salmon fishing competition. Salmon are caught in the surf as they gather off the river mouth before running the river.

Chinook Salmon Parr

This video captures juvenile chinook salmon which have developed from "fry" to become "parr" and are about 40-50mm long. They will remain and feed in the stream until they become "smolt" and large enough to migrate to the sea. The survivors will return to the same stream in 2-3 years time as fully grown adult salmon. Video by Kevin Belcher. Published 27 August 2018

This video captures a pair of Chinook Salmon Spawning in a Canterbury Stream. The jack chases off an intruder from the redd. The eggs laid by the hen can be clearly seen while the jack fertilizes them. The hen then uses her tail to cover the eggs with shingle. Video by Kevin Belcher. 10 May 2018