West Coast - November 2012

The 'white gold' rush is on!

Last updated 15:40 02/11/2012
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November often sees peak catches of ‘white gold’ on the Coast.

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Early November often sees some of the best whitebait runs on the Coast as the water warms up.

Early morning is often a good time as the high tide pushes into river mouths. The rock wall on the lower Grey River has provided some good catches for scoop netters in recent weeks and is a handy option for those living in Greymouth. The Hokitika River's shallow braids provide numerous locations for setting up whitebait nets. The entrance at Okarito Lagoon continues to provide steady catches of 'bait for those keen on scoop-netting in the surf.

Sea-run trout are in prime condition at the moment. Often the best angling is just as the tide starts to run out, causing the 'bait to get pushed close to the bank, where the trout can feed on them more efficiently. For that reason it is often worth retrieving your fly or lure close to the bank.

Often it is worth fishing in the wash where the river's flow meets the surf on the outgoing tide, too, as larger sea-runs and kahawai love feeding in this confused water. The sea-runs will feed more aggressively after a little rain, and at such times spin fishing really comes into its own. By late November the odd sea-run salmon will also be turning up at the larger river mouths on the Coast.

Lake Mapourika has been fishing well for browns averaging 2kg. Lure fishing around stream mouths with a large black Woolly Bugger with a lumo strip or bead is effective.

The odd good sized sea-run trout has been making its way into Lakes Moeraki and Paringa. Brunner continues to fish well, especially around the Orangipuku mouth, where trout chase lake-locked whitebait into the shallows at night. Nearby, some browns up to 3kg have been taken in Lake Poerua by anglers fishing at night with lures. This small lake is also suited to sight fishing during the day. As Poerua has a healthy population of freshwater crayfish, it often produces large and tasty trout.

On the sea fishing front, November is a peak time for elephant fish and rig. Good numbers of kahawai and school sharks are also around.

West Coast by Peter Langlands
Ph 0274 501 916

  • Email langlands@xtra.co.nz

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