Canterbury Fishing Report - November 4th, 2021

Canterbury Report

High country waters open this weekend

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Since last writing we have enjoyed a long weekend and a little bit of settled weather too!

This Weekend coming, November 6-7, for many is a weekend that is etched in the calendar forever! The high-country fishing opening weekend is stooped in tradition and highly anticipated every year. With the uncertainty around covid levels unfortunately Fish and Game have had to postpone the annual opening weekend fishing competition at Lake Coleridge, watch this space for any updates as to when we can hold this event.

Saltwater, with the weather finally playing ball for Labour Weekend there was plenty of action on the water and along the coast. The elephant fish appear to be creeping closer to Christchurch all the time, good reports from further south, around Timaru, but still lower numbers around Banks Peninsula. It’s just a matter of time now for the elephant fish to turn up closer to home, but rig have been a far more common catch in recent weeks. It seems the slow jig craze is really going well down here now, cod, puka, trumpeter and even kingfish have fallen to them lately. The same good weather that helped the surfcasters through the long weekend also assisted the boaties in getting out wide and targeting these tasty morsels. Shimano Doterras are working well in deeper water, and the Daiwa Kohga lures are the got to in shallower areas.

Freshwater, as mentioned above, the talk this week is about the high-country opening, but there has been plenty of action running up to this weekend too. Whitebait was steady over the long weekend, with many a good catch being reported. It will be a shame that this time next year our whitebait season will be over! The good weather has helped the trout fishing too, the bigger braided rivers have had a little bit of colour in them, but that has helped if targeting sea trout or kahawai around river mouths. The slightly warmer weather has seen more fishing actively feeding off the surface, which is also great to see. For those that enjoy our lowland fishery, the brown beetle evening hatches can’t be far away either, those mild summer evenings can provide a lot of fun. If you are venturing into the high country for opening weekend, good luck and stay safe out there.

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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