Canterbury Fishing Report - January 28th, 2022

Canterbury Report       

Good news on the salmon front

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Well, it seems I let the team down by completely missing the last report, sorry if any of you were waiting on some gems from me!! I trust that everyone had a great festive season, which hopefully involved some fishing, but I fear most, if not all are back to the grind now!

Freshwater: The big highlight for many of us in recent weeks has been the salmon season. As a salmon addict myself, it has been 10 years or more since I have seen fish in these numbers and condition! At the moment the rivers are running low and clear, which leads to more mouth fishing or early morning and late evening up-river sessions. The classic ‘zed spinner’ in silver has been the winner, but always remember to carry varying weights to suit the differing depths and flows you may encounter throughout each trip. The Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers has been the early performers, but we all wait with great interest to see what turns up in the Waimakariri, Hurunui and Waiau Rivers as we head into February and March.

The holiday season sees a lot of anglers head out of the city, and the McKenzie district is a popular place to visit for baching, camping and fishing. The canals have performed well, but the Waitaki Lakes are always a healthy place to visit for some fishing, and if you time it right to be there after the main new year holidays have left, the fishing around the lake margins can be awesome. Sight fishing with dry flies or nymphs is often productive, but if you prefer blind fishing, twitching a softbait along the weed beds can be deadly.

Saltwater: As mentioned prior to Christmas, the kingies were great, and that has continued. With some really settled weather, the opportunity was there, and the locals made the most of it! Fishing stick baits and surface poppers was still the go to, and certainly the most exciting way to approach them! Finding floating structures is the key, and then approaching them as quietly as possible gives you the best chance at luring these guys out from their cover.

As I mentioned in the freshwater segment, plenty of keen saltwater anglers leave the city too, and head to the Marlborough Sounds, Kaikoura and the likes for their holiday. It has been very pleasing to see the same settled weather we saw down here, up and down the country, and this led to the chance for many boats to get wider and deeper and target puka and bluenose. Mostly on conventional bottom fishing gear, but by the looks of what’s missing off the shop walls and by a couple of photos I have seen, slow jig and slow pitch jigging has performed well also. Keeping an eye on what’s happening further north with warm water, we should see albacore tuna off Kaikoura this season too!

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
https://www.facebook.com/ballingershf.co.nz
www.huntingandfishing.co.nz

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