The fish are jumping on Canterbury rivers

03:44, Apr 10 2013
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Anglers try their luck under the Rakaia River gorge bridge.
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A beautiful morning at the Rakaia River.
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The gorge bridge is a popular fishing spot.
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It is proving to be a bumper salmon season at the Rakaia River.
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Noel Agnew takes home his catch.
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Christchurch angler Noel Agnew at the Rakaia River in pursuit of salmon.
David Deakins salmon catch
WHAT A CATCH: Rob Allsop keeps a firm hold on the 16lb salmon caught by David Deakins at the Rakaia.
 Jacques Compain
GOTCHA: French angler Jacques Compain was thrilled with his 10kg catch on the Rakaia River this week.

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.

Christchurch angler Noel Agnew at the Rakaia River with his third salmon.
HOOKED: Christchurch angler Noel Agnew at the Rakaia River with his third salmon.

"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.

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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.

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