Nelson/Marlborough - November 2012
Snapper and trout show promiseTONY ORMAN
With the Wairau being an olive colour at the start of the new trout season, spin fishermen did well.
A friend took two nice trout of 1.5 and 2.2kg on a Tasmanian Devil by the Ferry Bridge.
Fish & Game staff recently released 400 tagged hatchery-reared rainbows in the Branch-Leatham system upstream of Lake Argyll. A similar and very successful release took place three years ago.
The lower reaches of the Aorere, Takaka, Motueka and Wairau Rivers should fish well for sea-run and estuarine trout feeding on whitebait. Use smaller spinners on light spinning tackle or fly patterns like the Grey Ghost in size 8. By using light spinning tackle and pinching split-shot above the fly lure, a fly can be cast effectively on spinning gear.
Kahawai have been indifferent at the Diversion and Wairau Bar. Occasionally on a falling tide kahawai have been caught, but the next few days may be blank. Whitebait have similarly been erratic, with scoop nets down in the breakers being tolerably productive.
Leading up to spawning, snapper have been moving into the Tasman and Golden Bays, along with the Sounds. Some good-sized fish have been taken here and there, including odd reports of reasonable snapper around 2kg being caught in the middle reaches of Kenepuru Sound on soft-baits at the drop-offs, as well as on natural baits. One angler scored well using prawns from the local supermarket! Bigger snapper are moving into Tasman Bay for spawning.
On the east coast, Wade Lindstrom of Clarence Charters says when given settled water, expect good fishing in November and December for groper and cod, with trumpeter being a possible bonus.
I heard an unsubstantiated report of salmon being taken off Kaikoura's coast. Last year salmon runs in the Wairau saw a number of fishers bag a salmon or two. Let's hope this year equals or betters that. Look for salmon anywhere from mid-January onwards.
Scallops in Tasman Bay are in good condition, but limited in numbers. The lower numbers in Golden and Tasman Bays have put the pressure on the Queen Charlotte beds, with commercial harvesters wanting to make up for reduced tonnages.
Nelson-Marlborough by Tony Orman
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