Canterbury Fishing Report - December 3rd, 2021

Salmon hot topic of discussion

With the whitebait season ending on the 30th of November, it means many of us can comfortably switch our attention to other forms of fishing, like trout, kingfish, elephant fish or even salmon!!

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On the freshwater scene, salmon has become a hot topic of discussion around the store in the last couple of weeks. The opportunity to chase them has been patchy with more than our share of dirty water recently. However, when fishable catches of salmon have been reported in both the Rangitata and Rakaia rivers, with some of these fish tipping the scales over 20lb the salmon anglers are getting quite excited! December 1 sees the remaining waters of our high country open. December is often a very productive month in the hills with warmer weather leading to more hatches, hopefully less rainfall, and most waterways will be holding more water, so active trout! On top of that, most people’s holidays don’t start until later in the month, so get out while you can.

Regarding saltwater, kingfish are the most recent focus of attention. A bit like the salmon, the kingies have arrived! With multiple reports of kingfish being caught in the waters off Pegasus Bay over the past weeks, it’s time to make sure the boat is in tip top shape; the rods are ready, and your stick baits are well stocked up! One of the first to get among the action was Ballingers Hunting and Fishing customer Lucas Howe – pictured.

Remember, we don’t have much in the way of bottom structure along that part of the coast so targeting them around floating objects is the best and most exciting method to employ. Elephant fish are now in shore and appear to be in some numbers too. Customers are having good results with rod & reel, kontiki’s and the newer craze to hit Canterbury, drone fishing! With whitebait and other bait fish around the Waimakariri the kahawhai are starting to build too, these are a great sport and eating fish, they are fun for the whole family and can be easily targeted with light spinning gear. The boat fishing guys will likely swing some of their attention to kingies now but have had some awesome weather windows to get out of Lyttleton, Kaikoura, Akaroa, and the likes. The fish have been there too, with some very nice ‘puka being caught recently and with settled weather the divers have been getting stuck into the crayfish as well.

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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