Lakes, dams best op­tions for an­glers

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS -

PROSPECTS for river fish­ing this week­end are not good due to the weather.

The ex­tent of the rain is re­flected in the Waikaia River ris­ing from 50 cumecs (cu­bic me­tres per sec­ond) to 330 cumecs at Piano Flat above the town­ship, the Mataura River at Gore go­ing from 80 cumecs to al­most 400 cumecs by noon yesterday, and the Oreti ris­ing swiftly from 40 cumecs to 260.

There are al­ter­na­tives, such as fish­ing lakes or dams, and the Clutha is usu­ally clear re­gard­less of height.

When I was at school I used to bike down to the river af­ter rain to see if it had risen. If it was up there was a dash back home for tackle and worms and there was al­ways the prospect of a good bag of fish.

Back to present­day fan­tasies. I fished the Waipahi Gold Medal last Satur­day. A bunch of op­ti­mistic an­glers met at Clin­ton at 7.30am. It was fine and warm, and spir­its were high al­though high winds and rain were fore­cast.

I drew sec­tion three near the top of the river — I had fished it be­fore and caught fish so was con­fi­dent.

That con­fi­dence was badly mis­placed. De­spite the weather be­ing mainly fine and warm with just the odd shower and some mayflies and sedges on the wa­ter, I did not see a fish or hook any­thing for the whole day.

Just be­fore lunch I met Matt Pet­ters­son who fished the beat above me, and he had a 2kg fish which kept me op­ti­mistic. The river coloured and cleared sev­eral times through­out the day as the odd shower passed but was fish­able all day.

Con­di­tions var­ied up and down the river with mayflies hatch­ing and fish ris­ing on the lower river in the af­ter­noon. Tony Calder was on the lower river, sec­tion 28, and made the most of his op­por­tu­ni­ties, catch­ing four trout weigh­ing in at 4.03kg to win the Gold Medal for the third year in a row which is a fairly im­pres­sive feat, es­pe­cially to those of us who did not catch a thing. His best fish was on a black rab­bit lure which is a good im­i­ta­tion of a koura. There are a lot of th­ese in the Waipahi and the trout love them, and they give trout that deep red flesh which makes good eat­ing.

The sil­ver medal went to Tim Gib­son who fished sec­tion 14 for three fish, weigh­ing in at 3.3kg. Mark Bar­ret was third on sec­tion eight with two fish weigh­ing 2.38kg. Steve McGuire had the heav­i­est fish at 1.55kg from beat five.

There were 16 fish weighed in with an av­er­age weight of just over 1kg.

PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON

Cen­tral Otago Mayor Tim Cado­gan (far right) wel­comes new cit­i­zens (from left) Sean Adams, Lor­raine Ben­nett­English, Martin Gled­hill, An­ton­ina Kraak­man, Maria Stan­ley and Lisi­ate Fuko­fuka at a cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony in Alexandra yesterday. Ab­sent: Vanessa Logan.

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