Fishing

New Zealand was basically a fishing stop. My Dad came over from Australia, we hired a camper van and drove around the South Island. Most of the fish we caught were brown trout, plus a few rainbows and one or two salmon.

There was nothing huge in there, nothing made it to the five pount mark, in fact I don't think any made it over four. The vast majority of the browns were quite small, down around the one pound mark, but a lot of fun to catch.

The fishing was a lot different compared to fishing in Western Australia. A lot more fish, but in completely unexpected areas. I used lure, my Dad used mainly fly and I outfished him almost three to one, draw whatever conclusions you wish from that.

Hopefully I'll be going back soon.


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Dad on the Rangitata near Peel Forest
7:26am 13th April 2012
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Dad fishing the Rangitata
8:25am 13th April 2012
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The magic salmon spot on the Rangitata
8:38am 13th April 2012
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My first brown from the Mataura
10:22am 14th April 2012
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Dad on the Mataura
12:28pm 14th April 2012
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Dad landing a fish on the Mataura
12:41pm 14th April 2012
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Releasing the fish
12:41pm 14th April 2012
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And getting back to fishing
1:09pm 14th April 2012
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A lovely (but fishless) spot on the Mataura
6:26am 15th April 2012
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I got a brown!
9:41am 15th April 2012
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The Mataura
12:11pm 15th April 2012
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Landing another
12:12pm 15th April 2012
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It takes him a while
12:12pm 15th April 2012
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In the net!
12:12pm 15th April 2012
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Success!
12:13pm 15th April 2012
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A nice fat brown
12:25pm 15th April 2012
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And another
12:33pm 15th April 2012
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One of my larger ones from the Matarua
12:56pm 15th April 2012
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Dad on the Matarua, after that ellusive one
1:41pm 15th April 2012
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Bringing them in
1:50pm 15th April 2012
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And another brown
6:40am 16th April 2012
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Scorpians worked well
7:46am 16th April 2012
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A brown in the net
1:10pm 16th April 2012
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Dad fighting one on the lower Matarua
1:25pm 16th April 2012
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And here it is
1:27pm 16th April 2012
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And again!
1:28pm 16th April 2012
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A nice, albeit small brown
2:13pm 16th April 2012
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Trying our luck at Lake Waituna
7:32am 17th April 2012
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Still trying
8:07am 17th April 2012
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It worked! Biggest fish of the trip
8:59am 17th April 2012
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Brown from Matarua River
1:40pm 17th April 2012
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Lovely colours
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But not very big
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Still very nice
2:17pm 17th April 2012
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I think they're getting smaller
5:46am 18th April 2012
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Fun to catch though
6:18am 18th April 2012
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Moving to the upper Matarua
7:35am 18th April 2012
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This is what New Zealand rivers are suppose to look like
8:00am 18th April 2012
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Its so clear
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Perfect for fishing, you could see the fish
8:00am 18th April 2012
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Fishing in the shade along the willows was magic
8:01am 18th April 2012
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A nice brown from the Matarua
8:38am 18th April 2012
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Looking downstream of the Matarua
9:20am 18th April 2012
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And now looking upstream
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My biggest brown from the Matarua
9:30am 18th April 2012
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Then I let it go
9:31am 18th April 2012
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And chased it through the shallows
9:32am 18th April 2012
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Dad meanwhile got one from a small lake
9:44am 18th April 2012
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Checking the weight
9:44am 18th April 2012
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A nice fish
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Lovely fish in fact
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My last brown from the Matarua
1:29pm 18th April 2012
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Dad fishing in Lake Wanaka
10:18am 19th April 2012
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Dad at the mouth of the Matukituki River on Lake Wanaka
12:25pm 19th April 2012
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I got a fish on the second last cast
2:20pm 19th April 2012
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A nice sized brown it was too
2:21pm 19th April 2012
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A close-up of its head
2:22pm 19th April 2012
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Lake Ohau - you could surf on it
12:25pm 20th April 2012
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Dad on Lake Ohau
12:28pm 20th April 2012
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Biggest rainbow of the trip from Lake Ohau
1:12pm 20th April 2012
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A fat rainbow from Lake Ohau
1:13pm 20th April 2012
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I'm pretty sure this isn't a rainbow, its a salmon
1:28pm 20th April 2012
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Another nice sized rainbow
1:59pm 20th April 2012
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And a nice little brown for the trifecta
2:14pm 20th April 2012
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Another small salmon we think
12:35pm 21st April 2012
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One of the skinniest and not-healthy fish I saw
1:40pm 21st April 2012
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I think this was the last brown of the trip, from Lake Opuha
9:42am 22nd April 2012
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