The tidal areas of the South Island lowland rivers on both the East Coast and West Coasts are popular for their sea run/estuarine trout fishing. Its an emphasize on our fishing calender, and each spring my kid Louie and I prepare a number of journeys to particularly target these fish.
Sea run trout are really mobile and relocation in between the salt and freshwater looking for food, particularly throughout the months of Sept-Dec when white bait enter our river systems in great deals. They likewise feed upon smelt, yellow eyed mullet, native bullies, lampreys, juvenile go to pieces, crabs and other little shellfishes such as prawns.
We came to the river about 3 hours prior to the tide was at it’s most affordable. An older couple who were dragging a web through the shallows for white bait informed us things had actually been really sluggish white baiting, however theyd seen a couple of fish charging around the shallows assembling little schools of bait and this got our hearts racing!
Each Spring the white baiter’s established their stands, arrange their set internet, scoop internet and other stuff needed to attempt their luck capturing white bait over the coming months. White baiting is not simply fishing its a way of living for numerous and is a workout in perseverance, satisfaction, difficult ship and resourcefulness! For the early Maori this was an extremely crucial food source and catches were dried and saved away for when other food’s remained in brief supply.