The fish are jumping on Canterbury rivers
Anglers are hooked on a bumper salmon season on Canterbury rivers.
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Fish & Game officer Steve Terry said the Rangitata River especially was having one of its best seasons on record, and the Rakaia and Waimakariri rivers were producing good catches after inland flooding after Christmas.
"The peak of the season hasn't arrived, so everyone's quite excited about it," he said.
Christchurch angler Noel Agnew landed his third salmon of the season at the Rakaia on Saturday. At 7 kilograms, it was easily the largest of the three.
"There's plenty of fish in [the Rakaia]. You see a lot of but you don't always catch one," he said.
Agnew caught 13 salmon last season but said the river took more than two weeks to clear after the flooding.
He had no complaints about his strike rate.
"Any day you get a salmon is a good day," he said.