It’s fair to say that the weather in the past period has been terrible! The opportunity to get out hasn’t been there or has been very limited, particularly if you are a saltwater angler. Therefore, this report will be very freshwater biased.
Freshwater: As much as the weather has been terrible, you can generally find somewhere to hide that’s worth fishing at the moment. I managed to get a half-day on Lake Coleridge over Queen’s Birthday weekend. The weather was fantastic, with clear, calm, and cool conditions. In such calm conditions, often the fishing will be quite challenging, but by focusing our efforts around weed beds, drop-offs, stream mouths and shaded areas, we had a very successful morning flicking soft-baits. Daiwa Bait Junkie paddle tail baits fished on 1/12oz jig heads were deadly. While this was Lake Coleridge, these techniques can be used in any of our lakes, whether you are staying local or heading further afield.
If anything is going to fire up the canals, this cold snap will do it! You’ll need your winter woollies, but this should get the fish moving and make them snappy! It is time to fish eggs, but keep your soft-baits and metal spoons handy too. The salmon love these lures, and spawning trout can often be very aggressive, so if the eggs aren’t doing the job changing up can be just the ticket to get that bite! Just a reminder, the upper section of the Tekapo canal is now closed until September, but there are miles of canal still open to keep you more than busy.
Saltwater: With the weather the way it is, I don’t have much to report. Many customers through the store have taken the chance to prep for upcoming trips, using the downtime to their best advantage. Winter is awesome in the outer Marlborough Sounds for snapper, kingfish and puka; off the Banks Peninsula for puka and cod; Kaikoura for cod, puka and blue nose; and the West Coast for all things deep water! Watching the weather and being prepared to go is a real advantage, so use the time off the water wisely!
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 our Facebook page for more info on what we are up to in Canterbury.