Salmon stocks spur fishing frenzy

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 07:42 01/02/2013
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MEGAN MILLER/ Fairfax NZ

CATCH OF THE DAY: Chris Black, of Christchurch, fishes the Ohau Canal.

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Read on, keen anglers - tales of fruitful fishing are echoing around the Mackenzie Basin.

Up to 100 people at a time have been spotted on the banks of the canal leading to the Ohau A power station, leaving with yarns of the ones that did not get away.

Twizel resident Craig Redington said he had a bite on his first cast, and catching the quota of two salmon did not take long.

"There are thousands of salmon about. There were about 100 here yesterday and I counted 79 the other night.

"The only problem is people are not picking up their rubbish."

Chris Black had been convinced by her husband to make the trip from Christchurch with him.

"I don't normally go fishing, but he talked me into it. I have caught a plate-size fish for breakfast."

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon chief executive Geoff Matthews said the fish had not escaped; they were the grown-up 17,000 salmon smolt which were released into the Ohau Canal in April 2011.

The smolt released would take about a year to reach about a kilogram each in weight, from their average release weight of 65 grams.

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