Canterbury Fishing Report - May 5th, 2022

Kaikoura SBT a great catch

With the duck season opening on Saturday, the real focus of the past two weeks has been the run into that, but there has been some great fishing to be had too!


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The big story of the past two weeks happened on Wednesday May 4, with a couple of young lads that used to work with us in the store here getting out of Kaikoura and landed what is to be believed the first recreationally caught southern blue fin tuna out of Kaikoura! Weighing in at 88kg, it wasn’t a wee tacker either! Details are still coming in at this stage of exactly how it played out but sounds like an epic adventure and even more epic catch! The boys were targeting tuna and had a double hook-up at the time trolling Nomad DTX lures. Well done Ben and Jake! Terribly distracting when you are supposed to be writing a fishing report and selling duck gear!!

Closer to home, the early part of the week had some beautiful, settled weather for getting off Banks Peninsula, and many customers took advantage of this. ‘Puka seemed to be the main target, but trumpeter, rays bream, blue cod and gurnard were taken as well. Shimano Ocea Easy Pebble jigs were deadly on the ‘puka and are certainly a slightly different but fun way to target the puka off our coast.


The salmon season is now complete, so the freshwater angler switches focus to the lakes and canals for the winter months. The canals haven’t disappointed either and really seem to be heating up!

The trout will be starting to move now, but it sounds like the salmon have been about in good numbers too. Typically, it’s best to focus nearer the cages for good salmon catches in the canals and both soft-baits and metal spoons work very well. Remember to pack your warm gear now, and if you are prepared to brave the cold, fishing at night can bring some fantastic catches! Now that we are into May, please take a look at your regulations, whilst there are many lakes and rivers still open or will have a winter season coming soon, a lot have now closed too. There is plenty of opportunity to fish the winter and the action can be great.

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

75 Clarence St, Addington, Christchurch 8023

P: +64 3 343 0212   

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