Otago - April 2012
Good result for harbour salmon competitionGRANT ASHTON
Good result for harbour salmon competition
The cooler April weather will start to bring the salmon fishing in the Otago Harbour to a close, although there is usually the odd one or two still caught this month.
The Otago Harbour Salmon Fishing Competition ended well with 43 fish weighed this year and an average weight of over 4.5kg, even though the weather left a lot to be desired. Congratulations to Sarah Hutton of Dunedin for her winning fish of 6.36kg.
The blue cod fishing should be strong this month, with the cooler but more settled weather bringing them on the bite. The deeper waters will still be harbouring some good groper and bluenose, making the longer trips well worthwhile.
The change of seasons will start to bring the lake trout closer to the mouths of the rivers, and some good congregations of fish can make for some great sport on those crisp autumn mornings. A small smelt pattern can be deadly on these fish, especially when used in conjunction with a clear line like the Rio Aqualux or the clear-tipped Airflos. These days can also bring on some great afternoon spinner falls, which can start in the afternoon and continue well into the night.
When the water is clean and still, as it can be during these days, dropping your tippet weight and increasing its length can turn a good day into a great day. Spin fishermen should also drop the size of lures and, if possible, line weights too. Smaller Veltic-style or Rapala lures would be my choice, especially in some of our shallower rivers and creeks, or the clear deltas of the lakes.
Boat fishing can be very lucrative if done correctly, and many anglers do well over the long Easter Weekend; a slow cruise just off the river mouths or any similar drop-off should bring good reward. This could also be a good time to try jigging for trout, as over the next weeks the numbers will build in these confined areas, providing great return for effort.
Otago by Grant Ashton, Allan Millars Hunting & Fishing
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