Home' Fish and Game : September 2016 Contents Hawke’s Bay Region
HE HAWKE’S BAY REGION HAS A NUMBER
of rivers suitable for spin fishing, which is a
great way to introduce kids and new anglers
into the sport of freshwater fishing.
The region’s regulations allow you to spin fish
in all rivers and lakes so you don’t have to worry
about where you can and can’t legally spin fish.
Larger river systems such as the Mohaka,
Ngaruroro, Tukituki and Tutaekuri are all within
easy reach of the major centres and offer ideal
opportunities for spin fishers. The lower reaches
of some of these major rivers offer nice wide areas
with deeper pools where a cast can be made across
the river and allowed to swing downstream before
being retrieved up the side of the bank where the
angler is standing. Follow the lure as it swings
downstream and keep your rod tip low to the water.
Generally, most spinning lures are designed
to imitate small bait fish. Veltec or Mepp-
style spinners, with their spinning blade, work
particularly well in rivers as the current helps the
blade spin both in the main current and as it is
retrieved. Adding short pulls and pauses during
the retrieve can induce a trout to take. Black and
gold coloured Toby lures will also catch fish as
will the more expensive Rapala-type lures shaped
like small fish.
Where possible exchange the treble hooks
for single hooks to avoid unnecessary damage
to trout, especially when you are not planning
to keep many trout or are catching smaller fish.
Alternatively, for a different experience, you can
add a small bubble float to
your line and attach a small
nymph on a trace below it.
Spinning is a much easier
method to learn than fly-
fishing and the basics can
easily be learnt in under
an hour. Many young
anglers start off with a basic
spinning set which can be
purchased for under $100.
Second hand spinning gear
can also be readily picked
up at garage sales or online
Ideally rods should be
between 1.8 and 2.4m long and in the 2-4kg range
capable of casting lures from 7-10 grams. Some
complete sets now come rigged with braided line
but plain monofilament line is fine for beginners
wanting to give spinning a try without spending a
lot. Braided line should have a breaking strain of
3-6lbs while nylon shouldn’t exceed 6lb to make
As well as learning to cast, the aspiring spin
fishing angler also needs to learn how to identify
good spots to try their luck. Look for undercut
banks, faster water at the head of a pool or areas
where the flow changes. It is best to start near
the head of a pool – make a couple of casts before
taking a step downstream and repeating until you
reach the end of the pool.
Spinning is also popular in some of the region’s
lakes such as Lake Tutira or the Twin Lakes at
Kuripapango. Casting out into the lake and over
weedy drop-offs and retrieving lures can be very
effective. Tasmanian Devil lures also work well
in lakes but remember to let them sink before
retrieving them so that your lure is near the
bottom where the trout are likely to be.
Similarly, if fishing deep pools on a river, try
using heavier lures or retrieve your lure at a much
slower rate to allow it to sink to the bottom where
the trout will be. Ideally, you want your lure to
represent an injured or dying bait fish as it swims
erratically in the current.
HAWKE’S BAY2016 SUPPLEMENT
TOMMI JOYCE WITH A NICE 4LB BROWN CAUGHT
SPINNING ON THE NGARURORO RIVER IN EARLY JUNE
SPIN FISHING IN THE HAWKE’S BAY
JUSTPRIORTOGOINGTOPRINT, FISH AND
Game and the other co-applicants were
advised the Minister for the Environment had
made the decision to send the Water Conservation
Order application for the Ngaruroro and Clive
rivers to a Special Tribunal for consideration. This
AFTER THE ALGAL BLOOMS AND HIGH SUMMER
water temperatures which resulted in a number of
dead eels and trout over summer at Lake Tutira, Fish & Game
is keen to see how the lake’s trout fishery has fared.
Staff will be out and about over winter checking fishing
licences and interviewing anglers fishing the lake to better
understand the current status of the fishery.
A 12-month angling survey will commence in August 2016,
the last one being in 2008-09. In January this year, the 50-
year lease Fish & Game had on land at the northern end of
the lake expired, and we were unable to renew it.
The trustees and families of the B7 and B19 land blocks
are currently prohibiting public access through their land to
this part of the lake until further notice.
WATER CONSERVATION ORDER
is a very important and exciting step in the future
protection of these two waterways. No further
details were available at the time about the timing
of the process, where it would be held, or the
make-up of the Special Tribunal panel. Watch this
space for more information as it comes to hand.
TOMMI JOYCE PLAYING A NICE
BROWN ON THE NGARURORO RIVER
FISH & GAME IS TRYING TO PROTECT THE OUTSTANDING
FISHING AND WILDERNESS OF THE NGARURORO RIVER
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