Canterbury Fishing Report - 01/12/22

Topwater lures the best way to target kingfish

Canterbury spring weather has continued with more floods in our braided rivers over the past two weeks and a mixed bag of weather all around. Hopefully, with the first day of summer here, we will see some more settled conditions!

Saltwater: The word is out; kingfish have been caught in the bay! This is great news and certainly gets the Canterbury boat anglers frothing! Top water tends to be the most productive technique to target these guys and, by far, the most exciting! Look for any debris on the surface and cast at or beyond it, retrieving as close to it as you can. Making the first cast count is the key!

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The Banks Peninsula has continued to produce good results for the divers who are making the most of the excellent visibility. Conditions along the coast remain good, and the fishing is rewarding. December is the key month for high numbers of elephant fish in close, so make the most of any opportunities on offer.

Ballingers Hunting and Fishing staff members Hunter and Haley with dinner guests!

Freshwater: Now that we are into December, all our freshwater waterways are open for fishing. The high-country lakes continue to fish well, not necessarily big numbers of fish, but the quality certainly seems to be there. The warmer days will bring on the manuka or green beetle hatches around the lake margins. This can be some of the most exciting dry fly experiences, with action often being fast and furious.

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In what is a repeat from my last report, the first of the sea run salmon should be in our bigger rivers by now; we just need river conditions to improve so we can get a shot at them. These early fish tend to run the river and concentrate in the lower reaches, where shiny or brightly coloured spoons are often the best way to target them. And don’t forget to hang on; the early ones tend to be the scrappers! Lake Ellesmere feeder streams continue to produce some beaut trout. The most success comes after dark, and there appear to be some real lunkers about. 

We have a very active team of keen anglers in our Fishing Department, so please fire any questions our way, and we will point you in the right direction to keep you on the fish. Please check out our Facebook page for more info on what we are up to in Canterbury.

Simon McMillan
Christchurch Hunting and Fishing New Zealand
75 Clarence Street, Addington, Christchurch
03 3430212



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