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How to Catch Whitebait – An Easy Beginner’s Guide with Allan Burgess – Video

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How to Catch Whitebait for Fun and a Feed In this article, we explain a bit about whitebaiting and offer a few tips to help the beginner get started.Learn about how to catch whitebait.Biology First of all, whitebait consists primarily of the young
'Home How to Catch Whitebait for Fun and a Feed In this article, we explain a bit about whitebaiting and offer a few tips to help the beginner get started.Learn about how to catch whitebait.Whitebaiters at the mouth of the Hokitika River, West Coast, of New Zealand’s South Island.Biology First of all, whitebait consists primarily of the young of three species: inanga, koaro and banded kokopu.The inanga is by far the most commonly caught of these.However, the young of several other species are sometimes found in the whitebaiters net.This includes: giant kokopu, short-jawed kokopu, and the bigger and more fish-like smelt or silvery.Not just whitebait in the net.Here the net has also caught a small flounder, two smelt, a bully and a grab!All these species are collectively regarded as whitebait.Sometimes white-baiters also catch in their nets: yellow-eyed mullet, trout, eels, and small kahawai.These bigger fish should be released unharmed, though the yellow-eyed mullet make good bait if you are going surfcasting.In fact, many white-baiters fishing near river mouths frequently put a bait out with a rod.Perhaps they want to catch something else to break the monotony of having to eat whitebait all the time!Whitebaiters regularly catch other items in their nets.Most of these are unwanted sticks and weeds brought down the river following rain.Anyway, all whitebait species spend part of their life cycle in the sea and part in freshwater.The whitebait’s eggs hatch in freshwater during late Autumn and are carried down the rivers and out to sea, where they live and grow over winter.In spring, now recognisable as the whitebait we catch, they head back up the rivers to mature in swamps and bush covered streams.These mature adults migrate to the lower reaches of rivers and estuaries to spawn.Their eggs remain in these areas until they hatch and are washed out to sea, so completing the cycle.Different Species of Whitebait More info from the Department of Conservation about the different species that make up the white-baiters catch:  Whitebait – Migratory Galaxiids Here are DoC brochures on whitebaiting.Department of Conservation Information for Whitebaiters (all of New Zealand except South Island West Coast). Department of Conservation Information for Whitebaiters (West Coast of the South Island).   Catching a feed In the video: Adult whitebait swimming in a shoal up the lower Waimakariri River.Adults lay eggs on river and creekside vegetation at the high water mark.The eggs hatch on the next spring tide and the larvae are washed out to sea.The juvenile whitebait considered a delicacy in New Zealand, spend the winter at sea and return to the rivers during the spring.Whitebaiters are an ingenious lot.Their nets are often partially home-made.Many have produced a whole range of gadgets and devices to help land a feed.Most of which you won’t find in a store or catalogue.These include trolleys to tote their nets and go-bys, specially adapted trailers for the same purpose, customised box and pole nets and many home-made strainers for separating bait from unwanted rubbish.Drag netting at the Waimakariri River mouth.This method of white-baiting is popular at this river mouth because of the shallow sandy bottom.Checking the drag-net.At times you collect more leaves and sticks than whitebait.But that is all part of the fun!Whitebait will still run the river even when the river is in full flood and the water dirty brown!Drag-net, Waimakariri River.Whitebaiters drag netting for bait at the mouth of Canterbury’s Waimakariri River.The video above: Drag Netting for whitebait at the mouth of the Waimakariri River, near Christchurch, New Zealand.About making and using a whitebait dragnet . More about whitebaiting here: Drag netting in the surf at the Waimakariri River mouth is enjoyable and productive with one of these homemade nets.Whitebait costs about NZ$100 per kilo in shops so catching this delicacy yourself saves money and is great fun!Net frame is made from PVC pipe.Drag Nets Which type of net to use depends mostly on where you are going to fish.Dragnets are easy to use.They are pulled around by their owners through the shallow surf.This method is best suited to river mouths where the sea comes in over a shallow sandy beach such as at the mouth of Canterbury’s Waimakariri River.Their drag-nets have floats at the top to ensure they remain the right way up.If the surf was too rough, or the drop-off too sudden, a drag-net would flip over.It would also be too dangerous.If there are many people white-baiting near the lower reaches of a river the drag netters get first shot at the bait as it moves up.The method is also quite labour intensive and requires a strong back.It can be a very productive method.It possibly also has the advantage in that no matter how many whitebaiters are in the river, there is always room for another out in the surf.In this photograph taken from my boat at the mouth of the Waimakariri River, you can see a set of go-bys (screens) in action as they guide the whitebait towards the waiting box net.Whitebaiting with a box net and go-bys  (or screens) at the mouth of Canterbury’s Waimakariri River.Checking the box net at the mouth of Canterbury’s Waimakariri River.Box Nets Box nets, or set-nets as they are also known, are very popular.The main reasons being that they are highly productive and, most importantly, they are a passive whitebaiting method.Although it requires some strength to empty the net, it has a big advantage that, once set up, you can sit down and read a book or listen to the radio while the net does all the work.A trap in the box net prevents the bait from swimming back out.Don’t forget that the regulations clearly state it is an offence not to remain within 10 metres of your net.Well, there are some drawbacks with box nets.If fishing the river’s tidal zone, you have to move the net backwards or forwards to prevent it from either being stranded high and dry or washed away by the tide.Whitebait freshly taken from the river is translucent.The go-bys (or screens) and net also require a bit of work to set up and cart around.This is particularly so if you want to fish a river mouth where access is restricted to four-wheel-drives or a long walk.The set net and go-bys are also the most expensive to buy.Looking at the regulations, the mouth of the net must not be greater than 4.5 metres and the total length of go-bys and net must not exceed 6 metres.You are not permitted to use this total of 6 metres length if doing so would result in your gear exceeding more than one-third of the channel width.You are also not allowed to get together with a mate on the opposite side of the channel and have the combined width of your gear, together with his, exceed more than a third of the channel width.To set up a box net you need a river bank that is stable and preferably has good sloping access.A steep bank makes fishing a box net impossible, or at the very least, forces you to do away with the go-bys (screens). Set nets and go-bys are a real hassle to cart around.A full-size box net won’t fit in the boot of your car.Therefore you’ll need a roof rack or a trailer just to get it from home to the river.There are a few folding models available that have helped to alleviate this problem a little.The author with his trusty pole net at the mouth of the Waimakariri River.The waders are essential for staying warm and dry.A pole net is the least expensive option when first starting out whitebaiting.It is the most flexible option and can be used in both in the river and surf.Whitebait pole net.Hokitika River mouth.Pole Nets Pole nets are by far the easiest to carry around and use.If you are a total beginner at whitebaiting a pole net is probably the best place to start.With a pole net, you can fish almost anywhere from the crashing surf to quiet tranquil streams and rivers.Not all of the long handle is used.Some of it acts as a counterbalance to the net.Pole nets are made with aluminium frames and poles so they are lightweight for their size.With the pole net, the pole is in two sections which are bolted together and then bolted to the net frame.This whole arrangement can be bolted together, or taken apart in seconds.The net together with a pair of six-foot sections of pipe is much easier to transport.Pole nets are available in a range of sizes up to the legal maximum allowed mouth of 4.5 metres.This is bigger than it sounds.A full-size pole net can be a bit difficult to manoeuvre although it must increase your chances when fishing blind into milky water.The pole net I use has a mouth of 3 metres and seems to work well enough especially in the surf where I like to use it.I have a larger one that I am going to use this season.A whitebait pole net is easily the most versatile.It can be used in any situation making it a great place to start if just getting into whitebaiting.Here a whitebaiter waits for a shoal of bait to come into view.I have had some good catches with my pole net along this section at McIntosh’s Rocks, on the Waimakariri River.You need a long pole to reach the water from the bank but it is worth the effort.Whitebait scoop netting at the mouth of the Rakaia River, Canterbury.Note everyone is wearing a lifejacket.This is the riskiest style of whitebaiting.Never turn your back on the sea.Every so often a much bigger wave rolls in that can easily catch you unaware!Whitebait Cleaning Screen or Wriggle Board Video More about whitebait cleaning screens on this page.Scoop Nets There are some specialist pole nets available that, believe it or not, are used to fish the crashing surf on shingle beaches such as at the mouth of the Rakaia River.These nets have short poles and small mouths to allow them to catch the waves.The net is rigid like a miniature box net on the end of a short pole.The method is obviously somewhat dangerous and I don’t recommend you try it if just starting out as a whitebaiter.For those who do a life-jacket is a sound investment.Most white-baiting is a hit and miss affair.Nets are dipped into milky water and fished blind.With the pole net, it is possible, when the water is clear, to actually see the bait coming and scoop them up.This works well in sedate rivers.White sight-boards are placed on the riverbed.When the bait is spotted moving over the board the net is lowered into the water ahead of the shoal to scoop them up.Mostly, however, the water is seldom clear enough for this.A chop on the water or strong glare also makes it difficult, though Polaroid sunglasses are a big help for seeing the bait.The pole net can be used while standing in the same spot and fished blind, or you can walk downstream as the tide is coming in.This keeps the sock flowing out the back as the bait swim upstream.You can also use your pole net in the surf by just moving it quietly along in the direction of the waves.On the West Coast, the mouths of the main rivers are very popular during the whitebait season.Whitebaiters walk a beat sometimes up to 100 metres long.They start upstream and work their way down with their pole net at a steady pace.They then lift their nets from the water and walk back upstream to the rejoin the queue.This gives everyone the same opportunity to fill their bucket.These sort of customs appear strange to white-baiters from other parts of New Zealand.Particularly if there are dozens of white-baiters just standing in the queue and not white-baiting at all, as they wait their turn!Turnbull River, South Westland, whitebaiter’s caravan.There is something iconically Kiwi in this scene taken just inside the river mouth lagoon.Photo: Allan Burgess.Waders A decent pair of neoprene waders is a must for white-baiting.The season begins while there are still frosts on the ground and heavy snow on the Southern Alps.The water is very cold.For this reason, whitebaiters are the biggest buyers of fishing waders in New Zealand.You need chest high waders for whitebaiting because you have to wade out with a margin for preventing water from coming over the top of your waders and down your legs.Ideally, you should have your waders custom fitted.If the shop doesn’t offer a custom fitting service go somewhere else.There is nothing worse than waders that don’t fit properly.Remember that too big is just as bad as too small a fitting.Such waders will wear quickly and be uncomfortable to wear.Essential items in the whitebaiters kit are a bucket and strainer.These range from sophisticated home-made stainless steel models on a stand to the less expensive as.Most whitebaiters have their bucket half full of water so that their bait can swim around.The water also acts as a weight to prevent the bucket from blowing over in the wind.Looking After Your Catch A bucket and strainer are essential tools for the whitebaiter.Many white-baiters allow their catch to swim around in a bucket of water.This is fine if you are only going to be a few hours.If you intend staying at the river for much longer it is a bad idea to keep them this way as they soon die.The best idea is to drain them well with a kitchen colander.And keep them in a bucket with a lid over it, and store them in a cool place.Whatever you do don’t place them in a plastic bag for the day or they will heat up and be cooked by nightfall.Whitebaiting Brochures: The Whitebaiters Guide to Whitebaiting on the West Coast . Cooking The best whitebait fritters contain nothing but whitebait.Just butter in the pan to stop them sticking.Maybe if you have had a bad day you can thin the mixture with the addition of an egg.But I think the addition of flour means you’re headed downhill.There is nothing as good as a feed of whitebait you caught yourself.Give it a try.Above: a short video showing set netting at the mouth of Canterbury’s Waimakariri River.Here is a good recipe for whitebait fritters . Above: a short video showing a pole net in use at the mouth of Canterbury’s Waimakariri River. \t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t.fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe {\t\t\t width: 100% !important;\t\t\t}\t\t \t\t . The post How to Catch Whitebait – An Easy Beginner’s Guide with Allan Burgess – Video appeared first on Fishingmag.co.nz .'

Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi – Southern Bluefin Tuna

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Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi by Allan Burgess Southern Bluefin Tuna The body of the southern bluefin tuna is almost round in cross-section.The first dorsal fin folds down into a groove on the back affording the fish an almost perfect
'Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi by Allan Burgess Murray Whyte with a Southern Bluefin Tuna he caught fishing off Fiordland, New Zealand.Southern Bluefin Tuna The body of the southern bluefin tuna is almost round in cross-section.The first dorsal fin folds down into a groove on the back affording the fish an almost perfect bullet-like shape free of protrusions that would hinder forward swimming speed.There is a caudal keel stabiliser at the base of the tail.There is also small finlets present between the second dorsal fin and the tail, and also between the anal fin and the tail.The pectoral fins are relatively short for a tuna.The body is covered with small scales.The body colour is blue to black on the back and silver to white on the flanks and underside.Fish fresh from the water are a dark metallic blue.The finlets in the upper and lower surfaces near the rear of the body are yellow edged with black.The caudal keel is yellow on smaller fish and much darker on larger fish.Southern bluefin tuna The southern bluefin tuna is now classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened species.Overfishing by commercial interests has greatly reduced their numbers to the extent that they are nowhere near as abundant as they were back in the 1970s.This species can grow to a maximum length of 2.5m and weigh over 400kg.The southern bluefin is a large, fast-swimming migratory tuna found in southern oceans between 10 degrees South and 50 degrees South during the autumn and winter.Its preferred temperature range is 10 to 22 deg C.The best New Zealand fishing grounds for bluefin tuna are off the West Coast of the South Island.During the summer months, schools are occasionally seen on the surface.These migratory schools usually contain fish of a similar size as they pursue squid, anchovies, sauries and pilchards.The Solander Fishing Company , which operates in New Zealand, takes about 300 tonnes of southern bluefin tuna annually.The fish is carefully caught by long line on the East and West Coast of New Zealand.The commercial season runs from March to September.A bluefin tuna caught by Steve Smith off Fiordland, in New Zealand’s deep south.This is the fish species that every offshore angler would love to catch.Photo: Lex Coutts.Click on image to enlarge.Like other migratory tunas, the southern bluefin is able to maintain a body temperature up to 10 degrees C higher than the surrounding water temperature making it possible for them to make sudden extremely quick bursts of speed in pursuit of prey.Big southern bluefin tuna have been taken off the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island while drift fishing fillet baits in a burley trail.This method has proven successful as bluefin follow hoki trawl nets to the surface.Fishing Methods Bluefin tuna are taken by anglers trolling Hexheads, Konaheads and Rapalas in offshore waters out from Westport and Greymouth.Strikes are more likely on tuna when lures are trolled on monofilament leaders instead of wire.It also pays to keep the boat moving forward when a lure is struck as this often results in multiple strikes on other lures at the same time.In general deep water ocean trolling for bluefin tuna is a somewhat “hit and miss” affair.The waters off the South Island’s West Coast are often rough, and there is almost always a considerable swell running.Look for surface activity signalled by the presence of mollymawk and shearwaters.Expect bluefin to make a powerful surface run when first hooked that may take out several hundred meters of line.As the fish begins to tire it will most likely go deep and slug it out well beneath the boat circling in an anti-clockwise direction.On lighter lines, this battle can easily drag on for many hours.The flesh of the southern bluefin tuna is excellent eating and is much prized in Japan particularly fish caught late in the season when the flesh has its highest fat content.There is an article here about the possibility of farming southern bluefin tuna.Bluefin Tuna Caught at the Entrance to Nancy Sound, Fiordland, on a Rapala Lure Christchurch angler Paul Stewart with his big bluefin tuna taken at the entrance to Nancy Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand.Christchurch angler Paul Stewart was fishing from a friend’s boat when he caught this monster bluefin at the entrance to Nancy Sound on Fiordland’s rugged coast back in 1995.Rapala CD Magnum: Top 18cm Dorado, 14cm Blue Mackerel and 9cm Red Head.At first Paul thought he had caught a yellowfin tuna.He had caught yellowfin before out off Tonga and was sure that the fish was this species of tuna.It would be rare indeed to take a yellowfin this far south.As the crew had not long left Milford at the start of a six-day trip the fish could not be kept whole.It was estimated to weigh at least 100 lb.The big tuna had been gutted for the photo and Paul could only just lift it.The fish was taken on the line dividing the dirty brown water coming out of the Sound and the blue water beyond.It crashed the blue Rapala CD18 and put up a great fight before being boated.Paul relates that the only way to tell if the fish was a bluefin or a yellowfin would have been to keep a liver sample for later identification.According to Paul, it made excellent eating.Congratulations Paul – what is a magnificent fish!Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi  – with Gary Wilson Description Exquisitely coloured blue-black above with silvery white belly.First dorsal fin grey with a yellowish tinge, with 2nd dorsal a reddy brown and anal fin silver.All other finlets are bright yellow with tinges of black.By Far and away the largest of the tuna species present in South Island waters.The average size for this tuna species is 40cm to 1.5m and average weight 20 – 50kg although large specimens can reach lengths of over 2 meters and top a massive 180kg in weight.General The southern bluefin is a very large and powerful migratory tuna capable of swimming vast distances during the course of a year.This species has a broad distribution in the southern hemisphere and can be found in waters off the coasts of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand although – like most of our tuna its migration patterns and growth rates are poorly understood.We know that the stocks present in New Zealand waters breed in the waters south of Java in the Indian ocean and the juveniles migrate along the west and southern coasts of Australia and then on around Tasmania and into the Tasman sea.By the time they arrive on New Zealand’s shores they have reached adulthood.Along the way, they have also been susceptible to heavy commercial pressure from both Japanese and Australian sources.From here it is believed that the bluefin retraces their steps again making their way back to the tropics to breed.Here in New Zealand, the bluefin is relativity common in South Island waters with it being present off both coasts for at least several months of the year.Primetime to locate these tuna in West Coast waters is between the months of February and May.Whilst anglers searching for the less available East Coast stocks have to target the brief period between April and July, this is when a small run of fish make their way up the East Coast to around Kaikoura . This run appears to be fairly small and each year only a few fish are extracted from it.One year on the East Coast just four fish were taken – all of which were caught commercially.Testimony to the existence of this run is the mounted bluefin on the wall of the Cheviot garage.This fish was taken, as most are, on a long line, quite some years ago.Chasing bluefin in the south of the country is an altogether different proposition.Here greater numbers of fish over the last few seasons has allowed the recreational angler the chance to tangle with one of these exquisite gamefish with a more than reasonable chance of success. ln fact over the last couple of years the norm has been for the average days fishing to produce not one but several shots of landing a fish and a good day could quite easily see 2 or 3 fish boated, which by anyone’s standards has to be great fishing, especially considering that only a short few years ago these fish were nearly non-existent off our coasts.Chasing bluefin in the south of the country is an altogether different proposition.Here greater numbers of fish over the last few seasons has allowed the recreational angler the chance to tangle with one of these exquisite gamefish with a more than reasonable chance of success. ln fact over the last couple of years the norm has been for the average days fishing to produce not one but several shots of landing a fish and a good day could quite easily see 2 or 3 fish boated, which by anyone’s standards has to be great fishing, especially considering that only a short few years ago these fish were nearly non-existent off our coasts.The primary area for targeting bluefin in the deep south is in the wild and rugged waters off the Fiordland coast here the angler has the choice of chartering one of the local operators, or if they are really keen, trailering their own rig into either Milford or Doubtful Sounds, and motoring the 20 or so km out to the heads each morning before setting their gear.The drawback with the latter system is two-fold.First, the weather which traditionally is extremely wet and wild and can lay the angler up in port for days at a time.The second problem is the need to be almost totally self-sufficient in every area.Food, fuel and tackle are not readily available so virtually everything required for the trip has to be brought in with you.It can be quite a logistical challenge getting fuel for a week’s fishing into such a remote area but the results are defiantly worth while.To tangle with one of these massive fish with our own gear has to be one of the ultimates in South Island angling.Tackle for Southern Bluefin Tuna Soft plastic squid lure bodies are ideal for bluefin tuna.They run straight causing fewer problems than bibbed minnows.A lumo stick can also be placed inside the squid body.Here as in other parts of the world the primary method for the capture of these fish is by trolling.Although at times they will respond to both live baiting and chumming, most of the angling for bluefin in Fiordland is done by dragging hex heads, soft-bodied squid lures, Rapalas and other small to medium sized trolling lures around, out in the open ocean outside the mouths of the sounds.Lures with proven track records are Rapala CD 18s – blue and silver and mackerel colours, Yo-Zuri soft-bodied squids – brown and natural (see below). As well as Pukula Pushers in a large selection of colours.These are usually mated to a strong reliable rod and reel combos with Shimano and Penn being the front-runners here and the reels are generally spooled to capacity with line classes in the heavier end of the range with 15, 24 and 37kg being the most popular.I like the Shimano TLD-2 Speed . The fight of a bluefin, like all tunas, is characterised by long hard scorching surface runs and plenty of deep, tough, and draining circling, and is guaranteed to keep the angler busy for at least an hour or more.Just a word of warning here a good reliable drag is a must when tangling with these fish but the angler must be careful not to apply to much pressure as most tuna have fairly soft mouths and too much pressure applied throughout a prolonged fight could quite simply rip the hooks out resulting in the loss of a good fish.So as a rule of thumb go a little easier on the drag when fishing the heavier line classes.The eating qualities of southern bluefin tuna are well known.These are the fish that the Japanese pay megabucks for in the Asian fish markets and that is the primary reason that they were nearly fished into extinction in local waters a few years ago.Thankfully the last few years have seen an increase in their numbers off our coasts due mainly to a decrease in international fishing pressure but this recovery is again under threat as the Japanese again threaten to destroy the bluefin’s fragile come back by exceeding the international quotas specifically laid down to allow the bluefin breeding stocks to recover by again sending up to an extra 50 boats into southern waters some years to yet again over fish this species.Hopefully, international pressure and common sense will prevent this from happening before the mighty southern bluefin tuna is once again fished to the brink of extinction.These 25cm Yo-Zuri squid lures have been a favourite lure for southern bluefin tuna and broadbill swordfish in New Zealand waters.Everything you need to make-up these very natural looking squid lures for bluefin tuna.Note the Cyalume light stick which is placed inside the lure so that it glows in the dark.The eyes are also luminous and glow after being charged with a torch or camera flash, as does the luminous hair and green coloured beads.The whole lure is designed first and foremost to be super strong so as to be able to survive a long drawn-out fight with a huge bluefin tuna.The hooks should not have a gap larger than the diameter of the lure body.These natural coloured Yo-Zuri squid lures look like a real squid when trolled behind a boat.Cheviot Bluefin Tuna – By Allan Burgess This 63.5kg (140lb) bluefin tuna was taken off Oaro south of Kaikoura some years ago on a deep set long-line.Passing through Cheviot over the Christmas holiday break (some years back), I couldn’t help notice the huge, mounted, bluefin tuna, that was hanging on the wall in the service station, on the main road.It has been there for quite some time, it is the first time I had taken a close look.The big bluefin weighed in at 63.5kg (140lb) when it was caught back in May 1972.It was taken on a long-line that had been baited with barracouta . The line had been set for groper by John Macpherson four miles off Oaro, on the Kaikoura coast . John was surprised at hooking the bluefin, as the line had been set in 60 fathoms (110metres) of water and tuna are generally caught up near the surface.The importance of this catch to recreational anglers in the south is that it shows that these awesome fish are, at times, not far offshore.A well-organized fishing trip off this coast and the use of the right methods may even see a few landed and records broken! \t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t.fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe {\t\t\t width: 100% !important;\t\t\t}\t\t \t\t . The post Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi – Southern Bluefin Tuna appeared first on Fishingmag.co.nz .'

Tillins Cobra Lures – Tillins Deadly Cobras by Dick Marquand

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Tillins’ Cobra is a favourite New Zealand trout lure especially for trolling on lakes Tillins have manufactured Cobras in Tasmania, Australia, since the 1950s.
'Tillins’ Cobra is a favourite New Zealand trout lure especially for trolling on lakes Tillins have manufactured Cobras in Tasmania, Australia, since the 1950s.Tillin’s make three different types of trout lure” the Cobra (5cm), the King Cobra (6cm), and the slightly larger Cobra (8cm). The later larger lure is mostly fished as a trolling lure behind a boat.The big 8cm Cobra is also used by anglers up-river as a salmon lure.Salmon have even been taken on pink Cobras!Tillins Cobra Lures Brochure pdf.Please note we at fishingmag.co.nz do not sell Tillins Cobra Lures.Please contact a tackle store to find a stockist.The Cobra is made from high impact plastic.The aqua foil wings, which give the lure that very enticing stop-start swimming action, are clear plastic.My favourite colours are the Traffic Light (no.63) and the Gold and Black spots (no.5). Though many anglers, of course, have their own ideas.The bronze coloured number 9 has also been used to good effect on Opening Day in the Kaiapoi River, near Christchurch.The Tillins Cobras are the only aqua foil lures of their kind that are made complete with eyes.Many anglers believe that eyes are a very important feature on any fishing lure because the eyes help to trigger a strike from a hungry predatory trout!Another tactic sometimes employed both by spin anglers and when trolling Cobras is to replace the hook with a brightly coloured fly!When lake trolling for trout I strongly recommend you use a single hook.Here is a short video about aqua foil trout lures including the Tillin’s Cobra.Tillins’ Deadly Cobras by Dick Marquand When Editor Allan Burgess contacted me recently regarding the possibility of field testing Tillins’ Cobra and King Cobra lures for Southern Fishing and Boating, I jumped at the opportunity.I am a big fan of Cobra lures, having used them successfully on a variety of freshwater and marine fish for a period of over twenty years.My introduction to Tillins deadly range of lures came in 1970 at Lake Tarawera where outstanding catches of rainbow trout were being made on the five and eight centimetre green and yellow Cobras in the No. 92 model.When used on deep trolling gear, these ranked well ahead of all the other lures that I had tested.I found similar success when trolling Cobras on Lake Wakatipu during the mid-1970s.I fished these lures on light spinning gear and when rigged a metre or so behind a keeled lead weight and trolled over known aquatic weed beds, success was guaranteed.My experiments showed yellow and white No. 102 model to be particularly deadly on Lake Wakatipu’s brownies.The good news spread quickly, and it was not long before this model became a favourite lure of the recreational anglers and the fishing guides on this lake.Fishing the silver flexi-hose No. 97 model Cobra on light spinning gear in some of South Westland’s tidal estuaries has on many occasions provided me with excellent sport.When the tide is low, I concentrate my efforts on the sea-run brownies and as the tide advances, I turn my attention towards kahawai.As readers will no doubt be aware, kahawai are masters at throwing lures during their explosive gill shaking leaps.I solve this problem by threading the line through the belly of the Cobra and tying it directly to a single hook.This leaves the lure able to run freely up the line when the kahawai jumps.This modification to the usual method of rigging results in far fewer lost fish.Over the years, I have also experienced exciting sport using Tillins’ Cobra lures in Fiordland’s’ coastal waters.Most of this fishing is undertaken from a boat, using a light spinning outfit and casting the lures inshore to where rocks protrude from a sandy seabed.The action produced by a Cobra being retrieved in a bouncing manner along the bottom proves too much for most fish and has resulted in a variety of species including tarakihi , blue cod , gurnard , scarlet wrasse , spotties , jock stewarts , barracouta , opal fish, witch and on one occasion, a small warehou.Again, I prefer the eight-centimetre silver flexi-hose No. 97 model, however, I am not prepared to say that other colours and patterns would not work as successfully.During the past decade or so, other Tasmanian based companies have cashed in on the success of the unique Tillins’ Cobra lure by manufacturing copies.The firm that immediately comes to mind is Wigston’s Lures, whose Tasmanian Devils have flooded onto the New Zealand market in recent years.Other lure manufacturers such as Johnson’s Super Lures and Lofty’s Lures have also recently entered the scene with Cobra type look-a-likes.While preparing this article, I contacted Mr Allan Best, an owner of Tillins Pty Ltd, the Tasmanian manufacturers of the Cobra, in order to get some history on these fascinating lures.I received the following reply from Allan. “The facts outlined in your fax are correct.Tillins I believe was established sometime in the 1950s by the late Ted Tillin, and we purchased the business from Mrs Tillin in 1970 after the death of Ted Tillin.I had known Ted for several years prior as we sold his products in the retail outlet I was involved in at the time.I cannot say whether Ted designed the Cobra originally.I believe several claim that honour; all I can say is Tillins were the only ones to produce Cobras commercially in those days, and have been doing so now for 35 to 40 years.Later, and it would have been about 1980-81, Wigstons, a client of ours then and still is today, who have an electrical retail store in New Norfolk with a sporting goods section, began to manufacture the Tasmanian Devil . Interestingly”, this increased the demand for “our own” lures as the Cobra type lure became even more widely known.Our factory is situated on the banks of the Tamar River thirty kilometres north of Launceston and we are fortunate to have our own jetty at the back door of the factory.When I took over in 1970, Ted Tillin had a sole distribution agreement in New Zealand with R.I.Bain and Co. which we maintained until John Vaughan and Co. purchased this firm.This agreement still stands today with John Vaughan and Co. as we have found it a pleasure to be involved with both companies, with John Vaughan and Co. once again receiving an award for being the best supplier in New Zealand.Click to see the Tillins Cobra range at Vaughan Sports Allan finished by proudly saying that Tillins’ Cobras and King Cobras were very labour-intensive, being produced from high-quality raw materials.Each Tillins’ Cobra and King Cobra is made from plastic that has been moulded around an internal weighted core.The dished shape of the lure and its clear plastic side fins are what gives the lure a tantalising action inducing fish to strike.A brass wire passes through the body of the lure with a swivel on the front and a single or treble hook at the rear.This can be easily removed if the angler prefers to fish the Cobra or King Cobra on a running line.It is the pair of sparkling red or green faceted “jewel eyes” on the head of the Tillins Cobras that identifies the original Cobras and King Cobras from other copies.From experience, I have found that “jewel eyes” significantly increase the strike rate of a lure by many predatory marine fish as well as by trout and salmon.I agree wholeheartedly with the manufacturers that “the eyes have it!” Tillins’ lures include three different size Cobras and one King Cobra.The four centimetre, five centimetre and eight-centimetre Cobras come in a wide variety of colours and patterns.Each fishing area in New Zealand seems to acquire its favourite colours amongst the angling fraternity.I have generally found trout to prefer the green, yellow and red colours with the brighter fluorescent colours being particularly suited to discoloured waters.The patterns on the Cobras are either scaled, dotted, spotted, striped or ribbed with spines.The two larger Cobras are ideal for casting and trolling while the four-centimetre lure is best suited for casting on light gear into small rivers, streams and creeks.Tillins’ deep running King Cobra has a six-centimetre body that displays wider plastic side fins.As with the Cobras, it comes in a wide variety of patterns and colours which are readily accepted by both fish and anglers.This Lake Dunstan brownie took a single-hooked 8cm Cobra in the number 5 pattern.The Cobras have two distinct types of action which are dependent upon the speed that the lures are being drawn through the water.At a slow speed, the lure gains a wobble as it moves from side to side.As the lure speed is increased, it will be seen to spin or revolve completely around.From experience, I have found that both these actions will induce trout and other fish species to strike the lure and ultimately be hooked.In the case of the King Cobra, the lure can be adjusted to the desired action by bending the clear ‘plastic side fins.When trolled or retrieved at a faster speed, the revolving motion can cause the problem of line twist.This can be avoided by placing a keeled lead trolling weight about a metre or so in front of the lure.Such a set up also allows the angler to get the Cobra to run deeper, a distinct advantage when fishing from a moving boat.When the lure is operating correctly, a rhythmic pulse is obvious; it can be felt and it can be seen by watching the action of the rod tip.A lack of visible action generally means that the Cobra or King Cobra has been fouled with weed and such an indication saves anglers wasting productive fishing time.When Pat Williams of John Vaughan and Co.Ltd asked me what colours I preferred to test, I told him that yellows, greens and reds appeared to be the most successful colours for Lake Dunstan.Next morning, I eagerly opened the parcel delivered by the Ansett Courier.I found it to contain a number of eight-centimetre Cobras, some marked No. 5, which have a gold upper surface with black dots and a red spine stripe, and others marked No. 98, which have a gold flexi-hose top and belly.Both displayed red “jewel eyes” and were a good choice to test on Lake Dunstan.Also included in the parcel were some King Cobras marked No. 63 which displayed a foil red head, yellow midsection, green tail, a black ribbed spine on the upper surface and sparkling emerald green “jewel eyes.” This is another commonly seen and proven successful lure on Lake Dunstan, having the nickname “traffic lights.” I was pleased that all of the lures were equipped with single hooks rather than snag prone trebles.I felt that Pat had made an excellent choice and I looked forward to field testing these Cobras.When I telephoned  Geoff McDonald and asked him if he would assist me to test fish Tillins’ King Cobra lures on Lake Dunstan, I did not need to ask a second time.Geoff is a master angler and a professional fishing guide who has been using Cobra lures since he started his Queenstown based guiding service Fishing Safaris back in 1977.I too was keen to try these lures, however, I must admit that I felt a little sceptical.I had plenty of faith in the performance of the lures and their ability to catch fish.What concerned me was the timing of the test fishing.Only a couple of days previously, Lake Dunstan had reached its operating level of 194.5 metres above sea level.The final topping up had been undertaken over a period of several weeks and during this time both brown trout and rainbow trout had been gorging themselves on an abundance of terrestrial invertebrates to such an extent that they were proving very difficult to catch.I felt that my concern about our chances of success was very well founded.A vehicle towing a small boat was heading away from the launching ramp at the head of the Clutha Arm just as we arrived. “Any luck?” I asked. “No, not a thing,” was the reply. “Did you see a sign of any fish?” I asked. “No, the lake’s dead today,” replied the disappointed angler, “we have decided to pack it in.” “Well, what do you reckon Geoff?” I asked. “I feel quietly confident,” he replied.The fishing conditions looked ideal, the sky was overcast and a light northerly breeze rippled the surface.My aluminium dinghy was launched without incident and the small Mercury outboard burst into life on the second pull. “Which model Cobra are you wanting to test today?” asked Geoff. “These King Cobras Geoff,” I replied as I passed him a red, gold and green foil King Cobra in the No. 63 model. “This is a traffic light,” said Geoff. “They work really well on Lake Wakatipu.” “What do you reckon about the single hooks Geoff?” I asked. “I only fish with single hooked lures Dick,” he replied, “as I reckon they have better penetration and are less likely to be thrown during the fight.” “We will be fishing amongst snags and sunken bushes like you would not believe Geoff,” I said. “I am sure that treble hooks would considerably increase our chances of losing lures.” Once out from the shore, we set about assembling our fishing gear.Geoff was using his old favourite, a Butterworth Scorpion spinning rod and a Shakespeare 2701 fixed spool reel loaded with a 2.7kg mono.My gear consisted of a graphite Penn Power Stick PSG-4760 and a 14-year-old Penn Spinfisher 714Z loaded with 2kg Maxima Ultragreen mono.Our plan of attack was to troll the King Cobras along the edge of the old Clutha River channel to the inflow, where we could drift and cast for trout. “What I like about these lures is that you know when they are working,” said Geoff. “If they pick up rubbish on the hook, you can generally tell by the lack of lure action.” “What speed do you generally troll them, Geoff?” I asked. “I prefer to troll them at a slow speed as this gives them a wobbling action,” he replied. “If you troll them too fast, they tend to revolve.I guess it boils down to personal preferences as either way I am sure that they are deadly on the fish.” The red, gold and green King Cobra with its sparkling emerald green eyes indeed looked very tantalising as I slowly let it run back behind the boat.It was an invitation for a strike from a hungry trout I thought.The big problem was that the trout certainly would not be hungry, they would be stuffed to the gills with the abundant food supply.Still, the day was perfect and it felt good to have a rod in my hands.As I felt the familiar strike of a trout, a small brownie exploded from the surface of the lake about 40 metres behind us.After a brief scrap, I eased a plump 1.25kg trout alongside and within reach of the landing net Geoff was holding.While I was unhooking my fish, Geoff cast his lure over an area of flooded farmland hoping to tempt a strike from a foraging brownie.However, this was not to be, so the “traffic lights” went back out behind the dinghy and we trolled a short distance to the Clutha River inflow.I stopped the outboard motor so that we could drift fish and as the lures were retrieved Geoff hooked up.A small rainbow of less than a kilo was brought alongside the dinghy, netted and released. “One all, “said Geoff as he cast into the slack water that lay inside the main current. “There’s got to be a fish in here,” he added.I agreed with Geoff, the area certainly looked “fishy.” The King Cobras cast well and we slowly drifted back over the areas of submerged bush lupin that seemed intent on reaching for our lures.Geoff allowed his lure to sink before slowly retrieving it between the lupins.I was not so brave; as soon as my lure hit the water, I retrieved it at a faster speed to lessen the threat of snagging.We did not have long for a taste of the action.As my lure wobbled into view, a rainbow trout streaked in from behind the submerged lupins, there was a silver flash and the King Cobra was gone.The light action spinning rod curved down with the Spinfisher screaming as line was torn from the spool at an alarming rate.A big rainbow exploded from the surface in a sheet of spray before taking more line.As the dinghy slowly drifted over the flooded bushes, I realised that I had little hope of landing this trout.Again it exploded from the calm surface of the lake. “It is a good one Geoff,” I called out in an obviously excited state. “Did you see how deep its body is?” “Just stay attached to the bloody thing,” he replied, “we are drifting out into deeper water.” “Perhaps the Gods will smile upon me after all,” I said to myself.I felt some relief when I saw the last clump of lupin bushes pass just under the boat.I was able to turn the big fish back towards the boat but it spooked and again ran, taking line.I applied all the pressure I dared on the light line and slowly brought the rainbow back.The next few runs lacked the power displayed earlier in the fight and when I saw the trout turn completely over in the blue water beneath the boat, I knew that it too was feeling the constant strain of the fight.The final leap clear of the water would have been a photographer’s delight had someone had a camera handy.As I eased the big rainbow alongside, Geoff reached out and did the honours with the landing net.The 2.7kg hen fish was in her prime with a condition factor of 58.5.In the corner of her mouth was the red, gold and green King Cobra that had been her downfall.Despite another hour of drifting and casting “traffic lights,“ all remained quiet so we elected to slowly troll along the western shoreline of the arm.Geoff hooked up first on another nice rainbow hen that weighed 2.05kg, then I landed a smaller but excellent condition brownie.The next brownie, a respectable fish of about 2.4kg, regained its freedom after a high flying leap that threw the hook.A few minutes later, Geoff reconnected with a beautifully speckled jack brownie that weighed close to 2.5kg.A cool breeze had sprung up so we finished the afternoon drifting and casting “traffic lights“ over a shallow flooded paddock, without success.The afternoon had proven to be very hard fishing, however, we had fared well compared with other anglers.We had landed six trout in all, three brownies and three rainbows, all on deadly red, gold and green King Cobras in the No. 63 model.The enticing action of these small lures when trolled and cast had proven to be too tempting for the Lake Dunstan trout, despite the prolific abundance of natural food.As Geoff had explained, the single hooks had penetrated and held onto six of the seven trout we had hooked.No lures had been lost despite fishing amongst the flooded lupins.These “traffic lights” had definitely earned a place in my tackle box.Two days later, I had the opportunity to try the 8cm Cobras that Pat Williams had sent me.For this exercise, I enlisted the help of two keen Cromwell anglers, Merv Butler and Peter Lemin.Again the testing ground was to be the upper Clutha Arm of Lake Dunstan.On this particular day, the sky was overcast and a light northwesterly wind rippled the surface.Conditions appeared to be ideal for fishing, however, a drop in barometric pressure promised a change in the weather.Again I was very aware that generally, Lake Dunstan had been fishing hard, probably because of the abundance of trout food.Both my assistants chose to use their trout spinning gear.Merv had brought along his well used solid fibreglass rod and Mitchell 411 fixed spool reel loaded with 3.6kg mono, while Peter produced a Silstar 20066SP rod and a Fjord S252 spooled with brand new Maxima Ultragreen 2.7kg mono.Merv decided to use the No. 5 model Cobra while Peter picked the No. 98.Just to remind readers, each of these two models are almost identical with their gold flexi-hose bodies, red jewel eyes, red flasher tags and single hooks.The only difference between the two is that the No. 5 has two rows of small black spots each side of a narrow red stripe which extends along the curved upper surface of the lure.In all honesty, I expected both the No. 5 and No. 98 models to work with equal efficiency on Lake Dunstan’s trout population.These lures had some surprises in store for me.On this occasion, we decided to spend a short time trolling along the western shoreline, then focus our attention on the Clutha River inflow for a drift and cast session.I was keen to put these Cobras through much of the same pattern of tests that I had subjected the King Cobra “traffic lights” to.We determined the correct trolling speed by watching the action of the lures beside the boat and once this had been achieved, the Cobras were let out to run about 50 to 60 metres behind the boat.The cool northwesterly appeared to be increasing in force and so I headed the boat downwind, keep- ing about three or four metres of water beneath us.By watching the action on the rod tips, I came to the conclusion that these larger Cobras did not have such a violent wobbling action as the King Cobras.Merv had the first taste of success with a strike on the red striped Cobra and after a brief fight, he eased a well-conditioned brownie hen of about 1.3kg to within reach of my landing net.As I lifted the struggling fish into the boat, it flicked free several worms from its mouth.We had no more strikes; the activity from fish was non-existent not only for us but also for the five other boats trolling in our vicinity.When we reached the Clutha River inflow, the Mercury outboard was shut down and I joined the boys casting Cobras on the drift, again without the hint of a strike or a follow.The big Cobras cast well and looked great as they were drawn through the water, but the trout were having no part of them.Persistence appeared pointless and so we elected to troll back down the western shoreline of the arm to an area that we had fished very successfully some months previously.The norwester had died out and a short period of calm preceded a strong bitterly cold southerly.Generally, southerly days do not tend to fish so well on Lake Dunstan and I must admit to not being hopeful of a fish-filled day.However, when we reached the familiar fishing ground, I started to feel more confident.Identical lead trolling keels were placed about a metre in front of each Cobra in order to get them to run a little deeper and we recommenced trolling.Almost immediately, Merv hooked up on a small rainbow which was subsequently released.A short time later, a second rainbow took the red striped lure.It was three nil to the red striped Cobra and Peter had yet to score.Merv, being the sport he is, exchanged lures with Peter and had a try with the plain gold Cobra.The next trout was Peter’s, a nice Dunstan brownie of about 1.7kg.Was it a coincidence that all four trout caught so far had taken the red striped Cobra?I think not, for some reason, the trout were obviously targeting them in preference to the plain gold model.Perhaps we should have persisted with this experiment, but in the interests of tight lines, we decided to troll two of the successful lures.As a consequence, our catch rate went up.The next strike produced a plump 2.0kg rainbow hen which gave Merv’s well used Mitchell 411 a frightening workout.It was the best fish of the day and welcome addition to our icebox.In all, the red striped gold Cobras accounted for ten rainbow trout and brown trout during the late morning and early afternoon.A further two trout managed to throw the lures while leaping from the surface of the lake.I am sure that had the barometer been on the rise and conditions a little better, this would have reflected more favourably on our catch rate.When I asked Peter for his opinion on the red striped Cobras, he made the comment that all we could say for certain was the successful lure pattern had worked well for us on this particular day, however, conditions on other days may well determine the plain gold No. 98 Cobra to be the lure preferred by the trout.I tend to agree with him.It is however interesting to note that at Cromwell Sports Link, the red striped No. 5 model is amongst the most popular of the 8cm Cobras purchased by anglers.This is obviously for a good reason.I would have to recommend this Cobra to anglers planning to troll lures on Lake Dunstan.I am proud of my long association with Tillins’ fishing tackle.For me, their Cobra and King Cobra lures have stood the test of time.Without a doubt, they have proven to be no-nonsense lures with the ability to produce trout, even under the most difficult of conditions.One thing that I am really looking forward to over the next few years is trying other patterns, colours and models of Cobra and King Cobra lures in the developing Lake Dunstan trout fishery . It should be great fun and provide a lot of exciting sport.A special thanks to Geoff, Merv and Peter for their assistance, and to John Vaughan and Co.Ltd for making available these deadly Tillins Cobra lures. \t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t.fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe {\t\t\t width: 100% !important;\t\t\t}\t\t \t\t . The post Tillins Cobra Lures – Tillins Deadly Cobras by Dick Marquand appeared first on Fishingmag.co.nz .'

Whales trump white-water in excitement stakes.

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Just when he thought he had seen it all, two-time Olympic and extreme white-water kayaker Mike Dawson had his mind well and truly blown. The plan was just to squeeze in one last kayak for the day. Circumnavigate an interesting looking iceberg and
'Just when he thought he had seen it all, two-time Olympic and extreme white-water kayaker Mike Dawson had his mind well and truly blown. The plan was just to squeeze in one last kayak for the day. Circumnavigate an interesting looking iceberg and head back to the mother ship aka One Ocean’s Akademik Iloffe. The Antarctic air was freezing, but still. Brash ice knocked against our kayaks as we pushed though the choppy dark black water. “There’s a whale,” one of the group said, although I didn’t pay much attention as the horizon in Antarctica is full of them. You get a bit blasé seeing them away in the distance so often. I had one goal in mind – get around the iceberg, and make sure my two young kayaking buddies made it safely home.   “Woah, whales. This is crazy.” There was something about the way Alex spoke that caught our attention. His eyes were wide as a humpback whale cruised quietly under his kayak, the flash of a white fin running the length of his boat. “I thought it was a rock.” Next minute as we watched, the whale rose up out of the water in front of his boat and sunk back down. Our kayaks rocked in the swell. We sat speechless. Suddenly we were surrounded by more whales than there were people as at least eight humpback whales circled around us. It looked like about seven young ‘uns and their mum. As an extreme kayaker at home in the some of the world’s roughest white-water rivers, I’m used to just having a thin, albeit toughened, piece of plastic between me and the elements. However, the close proximity of so many 20 tonne whales made me stop and think. You could feel their presence, you could hear loud grunty breathing; you could see them aware that we were there in the water with them. For such a massive creature, they are so powerful. The opportunity to be so close to something that is so big, so raw and so much a part of Antarctica, and to do it from a kayak where you are just something so small, next to something so big was an incredible experience. The whale encounter was the perfect end to a day that started with watching dawn break from a shallow ‘grave’ on the ice. A lucky break in the weather had allowed us to camp overnight on the ice. The experience took me right back to my exploring roots. We kayaked to Portal Point, then climbed up the hill in our dry suits and all our stuff – just like expeditions I’m used to. We had to dig shallow holes – our guide called them ‘graves’ – in the snow building up one side to be a wind break. By the time we had finished putting in the thermal mats and bivvy bags, it was dark and time to jump into our “snow beds” – which everyone preferred to call them. Unbelievably just then, the wind dropped, the clouds parted and revealed a spectacular light show of stars. It was just surreal. I was in the Antarctic as mentor to a group of young Kiwis selected by the Antarctic Heritage Trust for this year’s Inspiring Explorers’ Expedition. This is the fourth expedition the Trust has led, and this one involved kayaking along the Antarctic Peninsula. It turned out to be an easy job because everyone was so eager to get out on the water and see what was on offer. Watching everyone grow over the two weeks, and stretch themselves as they realised what they were capable of was very rewarding. I found out shortly after we returned that I must have extolled the virtues of camping in the great outdoors more enthusiastically than I realised. One of the group’s members Caragh Doherty, who is the head Physical Education teacher at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, told me the first thing she did when she returned from the Antarctic expedition was to go out and buy a tent. “We are going to go and look for DOC campsites and go and explore Mother Nature around New Zealand,” she said. “My partner, my two kids and I have camped before but always with borrowed kit and then we’ve gone to the popular places. Now we’re going to head out simply and without the mod cons and have an adventure.” Don’t you just love it?'

Twizel Canals Fishing Tips – Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo Canals – Maps & Video

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Twizel Canals Fishing Tips – Plus 35lb rainbow video Here are some Twizel Canals Fishing Tips to get you started.There is 58 km of hydro canals in the Mackenzie Country between Tekapo and the small South Canterbury town of Twizel.
'Home Twizel Canals Fishing Tips – Plus 35lb rainbow video Here are some Twizel Canals Fishing Tips to get you started.There is 58 km of hydro canals in the Mackenzie Country between Tekapo and the small South Canterbury town of Twizel.The canals have become a tremendously popular freshwater fishing destination over the past few years.There are regular angling visitors travelling to fish the canals from as far away as the North Island and Australia.There are several obvious reasons for this angling boom!There are very big trout and salmon in the canals some of which weigh over forty pounds!There are also very good numbers of large rainbow trout weighing between 15 and 20 odd pounds with plenty of fish weighing around the 30-pound mark also.Tom Racz with a handsome rainbow jack trout weighing over 12 lbs taken in the Ohau A Canal, Mackenzie Country.Releasing a big rainbow trout caught in the Ohau A canal.Photo: Allan Burgess Secondly, these big fish are relatively easy to catch; especially if you can put the time in.All that is needed is a bit of knowledge to set you on the right path to success.After weighing and taking some quick photographs this big rainbow is released back into the Ohau Canal.A mate of mine used to travel down to the Twizel Canals 20 years ago.I remember him inviting me to go with him on several occasions but I declined.He would make the long journey there and back in a single day because the fishing was that good he deemed it worth the effort.Personally, I thought he was nuts!I had no trouble catching trout and salmon in Canterbury.I considered the round trip of over eight hours to be crazy.Many of the big fish are taken at the Ohau A wall.The fish are difficult to land and many are lost.Facebook and cell phones have greatly contributed to the Twizel Canals fishing bonanza.Information about big fish being caught now spreads at lightning speed.Where once a photograph of a big fish might have appeared in a fishing magazine weeks after being caught; nowadays that same photograph is flashed around the internet to thousands of people before the fish has even stopped twitching.In those days to catch a really big trout required knowledge and experience.You had to find out for yourself where the fish were.Trial and error were needed to find, hook and land a trophy size trout.If you were lucky a mate might put you and a few close friends in the picture but generally, you were on your own.Here are some Twizel Canals Fishing Tips to get you fishing more productively.Salmon taken in the Tekapo Canal on a Tasmanian Devil lure.Note the worn down tail.A sure sign the fish is an escapee!Photograph courtesy of Logan Ahlfeld. 1.Flow matters!Canal fishing improves considerably when there is a bit of current.For the water to flow the gates need to be open to allow water to enter the canals from the storage lakes.Flow is also created when water is being drawn from the canals down the penstocks to the turbines, to generate electricity.The more flow the better.When there is flow larger predatory trout move to take advantage of food items like insects and small fish being carried to them.They lie in wait for food to come to them much like river fish do.Productive fishing can be had at the upstream end of the canals where water is tumbling in from the supply lakes.Underwater image of 31 lb rainbow jack trout in spawning colours released back into the Ohau A Canal. 2.Spawning Time!Browns, rainbows, and salmon move upstream to spawn in New Zealand during the colder months of the year.Generally, salmon spawn first, followed by browns which move into lake tributaries from April onwards.Rainbows run up rivers from the lakes to spawn from May through August with rains the catalyst for the movement.However, trout and salmon in the Mackenzie Country Canals are landlocked; or should that be canal-locked.During winter rainbow trout in spawning colours run upstream as far as they can go.This movement is perhaps triggered in canal-locked populations by the opening of the intake gates, and outflow from the power generation dams.One thing we do know is that a constant stream of big rainbow trout in spawning colours can be caught at the intakes of the Ohau, Pukaki, and Tekapo Canals from May onwards.If the generators are operating big rainbows and at least some browns will be in the white-water directly below the inlet gates.Perhaps the best, certainly the most popular place to catch them is the at the Ohau A inlet which lets in water from Lake Ohau.A bright silver salmon from the Tekapo Canal.Fish this size are great eating.Photograph courtesy of Logan Ahlfeld. 3.Escapes!There are many thousands of salmon contained in nets at the four fish farms.Mt Cook Alpine Salmon is upon the Tekapo Canal.The other three farms are near Twizel; Mt Cook Alpine Salmon on the Ohau A Canal, High Country Salmon on the Wairepo Arm of Lake Ruataniwha, and Benmore Salmon floating on the Ohau B/C Canal.Every so often there are escapes from these salmon farms.Towards the end of 2011, there was a release of 36,000 salmon smolt from Mt Cook Salmon’s hatchery.There have also been escapes from the other fish farms.In 2013 there were enormous numbers of escaped salmon weighing around four pounds being caught around the fish farm on Ohau A.I remember one-afternoon hooking and releasing something like 17 salmon.There all had the tell-tale worn tail fins of salmon that had been reared in the holding pens.These are excellent eating fish.News of such escapes travels like wildfire over the internet.One day I climbed up a low hill overlooking the rafts on Ohau A to take some pictures.Incredibly I counted 450 rods from that one spot.There were many campervans and cars lining both sides of the canal adjacent to the fish farm.Sadly, there were people taking way more fish than the two they were permitted to take.I suspect many were also fishing without a license!Certainly, there are aspects to fishing the canals that bring out the worst in some people.A very good angler I spoke with recently said he was mostly a fly fisherman.He reckoned the blokes where he worked regarded his trips to catch and release big trout at the canals meant he had, “gone over to the dark side.” When there has been a recent escape fishing near the fish farms can be very productive.Rainbow trout taken in Ohau C Canal in almost still water conditions.Photograph courtesy of Paul Spicer. 4.No Flow When there is no, or very little, water movement in the canals you are essentially fishing a big, long, featureless lake.The best fishing method to employ, if you are not inclined to fish a shrimp bait, as many do, is to dead-drift a soft-bait.When the water is very slow moving, or still, a very light jig head 1/16th or even 1/32 of an ounce is used to simulate a small fish drifting naturally down from above.This method has proven very effective.Only a few turns are made on the reel just to keep in touch with the lure.It is not retrieved at all as one would a spinner.Above: A four-pound salmon is reeled in at the confluence of the Ohau A and Pukaki Canals.Salmon this size are very good eating and are being constantly replaced in the canals by Fish and Game releases and the occasional escape. 5.Try some other areas of the Canals I have it on very good authority that many of the best fish are not caught at the fish farms or the lake inlets.The Ohau C Canal, in particular, has a reputation for producing some huge fish.The article by Rasmus Gabrielsson, from the Cawthron Institute, shows that there are big fish right throughout the canals.The canal fishery is most certainly not sustained just by fish pellets alone.I invite you to read the article:  Study Shows the Twizel Canals Fishery More Self-Sustaining than First Thought . Looking across the Stilling Basin – often called the Fish Bowl – at the southern end of the Tekapo Canal.The entrance to the canal is at the top left of the picture. 6.Tackle Standard tackle for the canals is a 7-foot rod designed for 6-8 lb line.Preferably graphite and designed for casting soft-baits rather than spinners.Such a rod will be stiff in the butt yet fine at the tip.The rod is teamed with a suitable eggbeater reel spooled with 150 meters of braid.Unless you have a very small reel you will have to partly load the spool first with sufficient backing line to ensure your braid fills the spool to within 2 mm of the edge of the spool otherwise casting distance will suffer.Many anglers make the mistake of fishing with a heavier 6-8 kg rod better suited to salmon fishing in Canterbury.If you are dead-drifting nymphs from a dam wall with a light sinker into the “washing machine” it isn’t going to matter.But if you want to cast 1/16 ounce jig heads you will cast much further and feel way more hits on the lure with a rod designed for the purpose.The rod that works best for me is a Berkley Dropshot Series BDS701M.It is a 4 kg rod so is about as heavy as you would want to go for softbaiting the canals.I have this rod matched with a Shimano Aerocast 4010.This outfit is also huge fun when kahawai fishing.Many fish the canals on even lighter gear which is particularly effective when casting light jigs.You will be able to feel bumps on the lure with a 1-3 kg rod that you’ll miss on a heavier outfit.You can read more about the best rods and reels for fishing softbaits in the canals here at The Complete Angler’s Softbaiting 101 . I’m often asked which soft-baits I use for fishing the canals.I prefer certain colours because I have been successful with them in the past.I’ve also found that you can be casting away with a particular colour sometimes without success.Then as soon as you change to something else you often get a hit straight away.It pays to carry a selection.I have been successful on this colour plenty of times.They are Dragon V Lures.The top two are Bandits, and the bottom two are Lunatics.These have a bit of everything including bronze, red and green with black spots.I also use as much weight as I can to get the lure down near the bottom, given the flow rate.I also like to paint the lead heads with gold nail polish.Here are a couple of nymphs that have proven top fish takers on the Ohau A Wall.They are the Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph and the  Wiggle Legs Bluebottle Pheasant Tail Nymph . Fishing the Bowl on the Tekapo Canal.You will also get greater casting distance if you fish finer diameter braid.I have been using Sufix 832 Advanced Superline.Sufix 832 at 20 lb breaking strain is equivalent in diameter to 6 lb monofilament at 0.23 mm.Sufix 832 at 10 lb breaking strain is equivalent to 4 lb mono at 0.20mm.If you go right down to Sufix 832 at 6 lb test it is the same diameter as 2 lb test monofilament at just 0.14 mm in diameter.The lightest 6 lb test stuff is super fine and great for casting light lures but at $40.00 per 150-meter spool, you won’t be able to use it for much else.Note the difference between Sufix 832 with 20 lb or 10 lb breaking strain is just 0.03 of a mm.The 20 lb stuff is fine enough and will also be good for salmon and kahawai fishing.It’s up to you.I like to add two-rod lengths of 15 lb mono as a shock leader joining the two lines with an FG knot.Here is a link to a good Youtube video showing how to tie this knot.It works wonderfully well.You can barely feel the knot pass through your rod guides.Quickest Way to Tie the FG Knot (The Strongest Braid to Leader Fishing Knot). A fluorocarbon leader is better but more expensive than mono.Fluorocarbon will sink faster and be less visible to fish.Again it is up to you which you prefer but the fish don’t seem to know the difference.Map showing the Tekapo Canal at the Lake Pukaki end.Note the small lake called the Stilling Basin – often called the Fish Bowl by anglers.A lot of salmon are caught here.Best fishing is when the canal is flowing.Map courtesy of Digital Globe and Google Maps.Finally, when fishing the likes of the Ohau A wall with nymphs or streamers your safest bet is to use very small three-way swivels and make up your dropper rig with uni-knots for your backbone and droppers.I lost count of the numbers of good fish people would loose as a result of trying to tie dropper knots in light fluorocarbon only to have the line break at the knot.Remember these fish can be very big and are frequently foul hooked.Any weakness in your gear will quickly be found out!Map of Twizel Township, Pukaki and Ohau Canals.Map courtesy of Digital Globe, Cnes/Spot Image, and Google Maps. \t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t.fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe {\t\t\t width: 100% !important;\t\t\t}\t\t \t\t . 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Persistence Pays When it Comes to Fly Fishing Small Streams

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Persistence Pays When it Comes to Fly Fishing by Piscator Last season I learnt a valuable lesson about persistence which has since paid off in increased numbers of fish caught or hooked.A friend took me to a spring-fed stream not far from
'Persistence Pays When it Comes to Fly Fishing by Piscator A rainbow trout.One of the rewards of persistence.Last season I learnt a valuable lesson about persistence which has since paid off in increased numbers of fish caught or hooked.A friend took me to a spring-fed stream not far from Christchurch which, he assured me, was loaded with fish.It turned out to be willow-choked water with thick beds of weeds on a clean gravel bed.Even from the main road bridge, we spotted half a dozen fish ranging from 6 oz to perhaps 2 lb.The most effective approach was to wade up the spring bed casting to visible fish.We both tied on size 16 Pheasant Tail nymphs and slid down the bank to enter the water through the watercress lining the edge.That was when I discovered why G… was wearing chest waders as I sank to the crutch in the silty margin.After repositioning ourselves to the clean gravel in the middle of the stream, we continued on our merry way, scattering panic-stricken trout before us.This was of little import as we were in a willow tunnel, making casting well-nigh impossible.Upstream was a bend where the willows opened a little.G… indicated I should start by casting to the nearest of three fish that I estimated at about a pound each.All were actively feeding on something sub-surface so I was quietly confident of success if I could only put the nymph in the right place.When I had put the nymph over him a few times with no results he finally stopped moving and just lay there. “He’s bloody spooked,” I said. “Try him with something else” urged G…” Sceptically, I tied on a small Hare’s Ear nymph and cast it to the trout which had not moved, and did not move, to three close passes with the H.E.N. “Bloody waste of time” I muttered to G… who responded by asking if he could have a go.I was itching to get on as more fish were clearly visible ahead, but thought I had better humour him, as, after all, he did not have to reveal his secret spot to me.I could hardly believe it, when three casts later, the fish took G…’s Pheasant Tail nymph.When extracted from a weed-bed before release, the fish turned out to be closer to 2 lb than the 1 lb I had estimated.The pattern for the day was set.I will not bore you with the details, suffice it to say that the final tally was G… 5 fish, yours truly, 1 fish!I must be a low learner or something.Anyway, once I got over the humiliation (not that we are competitive mind) I thought back to a long weekend that I shared with two other friends in the South Canterbury area.The river we had chosen to fish was so popular we were never out of sight of other anglers both up and downstream.In the end, we elected to look at another nearby stream which we had not fished before, but found the lower reaches so willow-infested that fishing with a fly rod was out of the question.We decided to look for open water upstream.Pushing through willow and scrub, I saw a fish rise in a dark pool and stopped to attempt to cover it, not being able to resist the challenge of close quarter fishing.It was not long before I spooked it and continued upstream, by now separated from my two mates.As I struggled on with no sign of an opening in the dense growth, I began to doubt if they had come this far, perhaps they had turned back.Feeling foolish I started yelling my friends’ names to no avail and decided to turn back.Eventually, I came across C…, but of S… there was no sign.The last time I had seen S… he had been on the opposite bank, working his way upstream.He could easily have turned back without our being aware of it.We decided to return to the car and if S… was not there, to look for some more open water downstream.This we did, returning to the car some two hours later, after enjoying some small success.S… was waiting for us with a nice 5 lb brown that he had killed . . . and an attitude problem.In fact, nothing C… or I said could remove the smile from his face as he related how the willows suddenly thinned out and the marvellous sport he had enjoyed releasing seven other fish, before deciding to look for us.Needless to say, he was hard to live with for the rest of the day!Yet again, persistence had paid off.Following these two incidents, I went alone to fish a spring creek feeder which runs into Lake Ellesmere . The day was perfect, cloudless blue sky, a light upstream breeze, and the stream crystal clear.As I tackled up by the car a good fish rose steadily in the nearest run.It showed no hesitation in taking the small unweighted nymph I offered it.After releasing a well-conditioned 3 lb fish I walked some distance downstream before commencing to fish back up, quickly catching and releasing a second fish – the day was going well.Up ahead I heard a fish rise, and moving up saw it feeding below where the ubiquitous willows completely blocked the stream.The fish was ranging far and wide and sometimes breaking the surface as it fed.It looked a complete sitter as I cast the Hare’s Ear nymph to it with high expectations.Immediately, it moved over to investigate as the nymph plopped gently in, but then turned away.Ignoring the next presentation totally, the fish continued feeding.What could it be taking?I thought.Looking at the smooth water surface revealed nothing despite the trout still rising occasionally.In a flash of inspiration, I deduced willow grub and enthusiastically tied on an artificial, which was less than enthusiastically received by a disdainful fish. “Think again mate” I muttered.Persistence is the answer!At this stage, I put down the rod and ate a muesli bar while observing the fish, and thinking a caddis emerger may be the recipe for success.I tied on a lightly weighted pattern and put it before the fish.Three times the fish moved to take but turned away at the last moment.Clearly, something was wrong.Suddenly I saw a sandy coloured caddis fly flutter out from under the willows blocking the stream.It had not drifted more than eight inches before the fish nailed it, and at last, I had the answer.My fly box was sadly lacking, as all I could conjure up to imitate this delicate insect was a large deer-hair model which was tied for boisterous back-country rivers.I had no other choice so on it went.The reaction of the fish was amusing to watch as it drifted back about three metres, its eyeball on the fly.I could almost see it thinking, “Wrong size, wrong colour” – until right opposite me it made up its mind and took.I was so keyed-up by now that I struck much too early and lightly pricked it.Expletive!The brownie shook its head and slowly cruised back upstream where it resumed feeding in a less abandoned manner.Leaving my rod, I went for a ten-minute stroll to calm down and rest my quarry.When I returned, I tied the caddis emerger back on, and cast it up.As the fish moved to it, I raised the rod tip.This action was all that was needed to produce a solid take.At only about 2.5 lb the fish was smaller than I had thought, yet the details of its capture remain etched on my memory.It was a further lesson in the value of persistence.Tying the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph \t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t.fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe {\t\t\t width: 100% !important;\t\t\t}\t\t \t\t . 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Brown Beetle Costelytra zealandica – The Rise and Fall of Brown Beetle

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Brown Beetle Costelytra zealandica – The Rise and Fall of Brown Beetle – Night Fishing Near Christchurch by Paul Corliss It is a black river.A night river.A thick winding slug that I came to love.
'Brown Beetle Costelytra zealandica – The Rise and Fall of Brown Beetle – Night Fishing Near Christchurch by Paul Corliss Brown Beetle – Costelytra zealandica It is a black river.A night river.A thick winding slug that I came to love.It is a small North Canterbury spring-fed water and in its depths swirled the object of my visit, the hidden shadows of trout.These type of rivers are abundant in most regions in the South Island and the principles applied in this visit are applicable to them as they are here.It was just after 9 a.m., a sweet and quiet time, between when the dusk has gone and ink black of the night has yet to shroud the lingering light.Softly slotted between the noisy daytime hours with the busy rush of insect and animal and the quieter more reflective hours of the night.A time when all things seemed to take momentary stock of themselves when I checked my knots and my supply of brown beetle imitations, thick clumps of brown deer hair with a small sharp hackle on hooks of size 14 or 12.Even size 10 is not too big.In the daylight hours and with the sun on it, the river’ s character was reversed.It became a sparkling river, fresh and clear with none of the sombre feel of the dark time.Constantly flickering with tiny points of reflected light, it had delightful runs that in the height of summer became too thin to hold good trout but they provided clear views of where they were likely to feed come the night.The brown beetle Costelytra zealandica take flight late November and December, their abundance is dependent on the vagaries of the earlier winter and spring conditions.The bane of pastoral farmers and proud homeowners of close-shaved lawns (rarely anglers’ homes), this member of the scarab beetles starts the first of its four stages underground as clusters of white oval eggs.They progress to a larval stage that lasts nine months and feeds on the roots of a variety of plants, grass included.In September / October they burrow deeper into the surrounding soil before pupating.It is when these pupae hatch in November that we see them commence their dusk swarms as they fly off to feed on the leaves of trees and shrubs, among them the willow being a favourite.The heat had left the air by now but shimmered faint warmth from the grass in which I now crouched, knees hurting just enough to remind me of my lack of movement in the last 15 minutes.The high shadowed cloud reflected starkly in the oiled surface.Like a flow of sluggish mercury, impeded only by watercress islands, the night water was unbroken by a beetle’s fall or a surface sip.The streamers and tresses of weed muted whatever flow there was in the tail of the pool.It was as if everything around me held its breath, waiting.Yet there had been an imperceptible change.Nothing seemed to have changed yet somehow at the very same time, unnoticed, everything had changed.Some unseen switch had quietly flicked.The grasses at my feet rustled and trembled.A new noise was in the air, a faint and muffled whirring.Careering from the dark they came, seemingly directionless, the bumbling brown beetles.Thank God for their bumbling, without it I would sit cold, stiff and inactive during this special time.Wings ablur after launching skyward from grass-blade tips the beetles flew awkwardly toward water-side willows to feed.And as they flew they faltered.Bouncing off scrub or blown aimlessly into the flow, the pull of the surface tension like tar, there to scutter helplessly and to awaken the urges that would soon produce a quickening in mine.Then suddenly, there it was, barely noticeable but unmistakable.A soft kiss on the underside of the surface film, betrayed by faint shimmers of reflected light on cobweb-thin ripples, delicately spreading.A sure rise.Then another and quickly another.The tracery of the rise-rings spread and mingled across the water, became more confident and boisterous as the clumsy flight of beetles increased.I decided on a regular riser, a trout that had finned softly in quiet shallow water where the brush of a broom bough swept a steady stream of food to the holder of the prime lie.A short 9-foot leader with 5-pound tippet flicked out, no time for too much delicacy here, fish short and creep close.The deer-hair dry hit the water with a satisfying intentional plop and rode high close into the bank.At least I assumed it was, all I could pick out was the slightest reflection of dying light off the coils of fly line laid upon the water.A vague sixth sense and the surge of water as the trout bulged upward were enough to cock the wrist and raise the rod tip.A solid tug came to nothing as the fly flew high to disappear into a clump of raupo , there to stay.A certain feverishness strikes about now, especially as the season for the beetle is drawing late and the duration of the flight gets shorter and shorter.As it starts to peter out completely the trout response can be all over nearly as soon as it began simply enough time to shoot an urgent cast into the black and the last spreading circle is drifting to nothing before the fly has alighted.The trout showed briefly, tantalizingly!A fresh-tied dry was soon back in play, the trout still rose noisily though less frequently now, and I struggled to keep my eagerness in check.It seemed a heavy trout and I needed that strength to bow my rod.The fourth drift brought a heavy boil and a solid take.It never hesitated for a second.A surging reel-whirling run straight upstream left the fly-line snagged and twisted among blackberry and around mud encased boots.It showed briefly, tantalisingly.A thick back arched clear, seemed to pause as it rolled on the surface.A brown of four to five pound, immense for this stretch, slid through the thick dark water.My rod bent low and the fish, now sparking with full power, shattered the connection without pausing in its flight, fleeting and final.A suddenness that seemed to signal the real night.I stumbled upstream to a long deep pool that a daylight visit had shown to me a sulking brown under the far bank.These daytime recces are invaluable to give you the lie of the land, the snags and the casting room.In a small bay on the downstream side of a peninsula of watercress, the irregular supping of the trout could be heard, not avid but still on the feed.Two or three casts pricked into the watercress before I had the right length of line gauged and then I drifted the deer-hair along the bank.A small eddy tugged the dry slightly cross-current.A touch of drag, intentional or otherwise, is not necessarily a bad thing.It can induce the take as the surface disturbance not only attracts the interest of the trout but resembles the vain surface struggle of the real beetle.The brown must have followed the fly some distance for, as I started to lift the rod to start my next cast, the tip came to a sudden stop.The surface boiled with reflected light as the fish rolled in the take.No need to strike, it had the fly and was not letting go.Alternately stripping and reeling line I had him onto the reel and under control quickly.These trout perform better in daylight, at night they are duller and less frantic.The night gives them fewer clues as to the cause of their predicament and confusion often reigns until they are sliding softly into the net.In knee-deep mud and water, I had the net quickly beneath him.A deep four-pound fish with crimson night-sparkle from the torchlight.I had promised myself this one for the smoker and the bright salmon-orange flesh confirmed the choice.Brown Trout caught on a brown beetle imitation.Photograph, Paul Corliss.The weed-cloaked bed of the river teems with freshwater shrimp (Paratya curvirostris) which feed on bottom detritus and material that accumulates on the leaves of aquatic plants, they then provide abundant food for the foraging browns, though this particular fish was bulging with over a hundred and brown beetle and 60 or 70 horn-cased caddis . While the dusk and early night produce the best rise there is no need to ignore the dawn drop.As the early light crests the horizon the beetles often drop from their high perch and again become victims to awaiting trout, poised to reap the seasonal bounty.During the daylight hours, a selective trout will often respond to a drifting brown beetle imitation, particularly if you go easy on the floatant and allow it to ride in or just under the surface film.A drowned beetle awakens recent urges and trout will accept the offer after ignoring delicately presented nymphs and tiny emerger pattems.There were no more rises as far as I could hear.From the thickets of macrocarpa across the river came the hoot of a stirring morepork, the rustle of possum and a dying chorus of roosting starlings from the pines.That time of night when all decent things go to where they belong. \t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t.fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe {\t\t\t width: 100% !important;\t\t\t}\t\t \t\t . 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Pike Rive mine re-entered

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The Pike River Mine has been re-entered, the Pike River Recovery Agency has confirmed.Three people opened the doors, checked the drift condition, and came back.It’s the first step in a $36m plan to explore the 2.3km-long entry tunnel in the search
'The Pike River Mine has been re-entered, the Pike River Recovery Agency has confirmed.The entrance to the Pike River coal mine. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images) Three people opened the doors, checked the drift condition, and came back.It’s the first step in a $36m plan to explore the 2.3km-long entry tunnel in the search clues as what caused the mine to explode.The plan to re-enter the access tunnel was called off earlier in the month after high levels of oxygen were detected, making entering potentially unsafe.The Pike River Mine disaster was a coal mining accident that began on 19 November 2010 in the Pike River Mine, 46 kilometres northeast of Greymouth.A methane explosion occurred in the mine.At the time of the explosion 31 miners were in the mine.Two miners managed to walk from the mine.Following a second explosion on 24 November the 29 remaining men were believed by police to be dead.The mine hasn’t be re-entered since. . The post Pike Rive mine re-entered appeared first on Kiwi Kids News .'

Pike River Re-entry

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Source: New Zealand Government More than eight years after 29 men went to work at the Pike River Coal Mine and never came home, the promise to re-enter the mine drift has been honoured. In the presence of families, experts from Te Kāhui Whakamana
'Source: New Zealand Government More than eight years after 29 men went to work at the Pike River Coal Mine and never came home, the promise to re-enter the mine drift has been honoured. In the presence of families, experts from Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa-Pike River Recovery Agency completed breaching the 30m seal and successfully re-entered the Pike River mine drift. Previously scheduled for 3 May, the milestone had been delayed following a false oxygen reading from a failed sampling tube. “New Zealand is not a country where 29 people can die at work without real accountability. That is not who we are. And that is why today we have fulfilled our promise. Today we have returned,” Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little said. “The tragedy that took these men’s lives was the consequence of corporate and regulatory failure. “Fulfilling the promise to do everything possible to safely re-enter is an act of justice for families who have waited for far too long. “It is because of the families’ tireless efforts that future mining tragedies might be prevented. “There is still much to do. We must find out what happened at Pike River. However long that takes, the recovery project will be done professionally. “Most importantly, it will be done safely. Safety is the families’ and the Government’s bottom line. This was demonstrated when we delayed re-entry earlier this month. “Today’s milestone belongs to the families and to the memory of their men. It also belongs to all New Zealanders, who know that going home to your loved ones is the least you should expect after a day’s work,” Andrew Little said. Video and photographs of the re-entry have been released by the Stand With Pike Families Reference Group at www.tinyurl.com/190521pike Background The 2.3km drift tunnel has been sealed 30m from the portal entrance since November 2016, with double airlock doors behind a wall of about 800mm of concrete.  Today Agency Chief Operating Officer and Site Senior Executive Dinghy Pattinson led Mine Deputy Kirk Neilson and Geotechnical Engineer Chris Lee through the doors to have a brief look inside.  After the initial re-entry, re-entry and recovery will be carried out by three Agency teams.  The first team of up to six miners including mine officials would enter the mine drift (access tunnel), assessing the state of the drift in relation to ventilation, geotech and any other hazards that may exist that will need to be fixed. They will also have a preliminary scan for any forensic evidence, before going back out of the portal to report their findings to mine officials and police.  Any work to fix the drift to make it safe will then take place, before a second “forensically-focused“ mining team enters to carefully examine and remove any evidential material.  All exhibits will be handed to the police for processing as soon as this team leaves the mine and debriefs police on site.  A third team will then enter, advancing the mining services, including gas monitoring, communications lines and ventilation bags which provide fresh air.  The teams will advance as far as the ventilation allows in a repetitive process, until the drift is recovered.  The last 300 metres from the roof fall at the end of the drift may need to be examined in breathing apparatus, depending on the mine atmosphere at that point. One of the first tasks is to re-establish the 170m barrier then establish access for vehicles including loaders, mobile roof bolting rigs that can re-support the roof and sides of the drift. A driftrunner will transport workers further into the mine drift as the work progresses. Between the 30 metre seal and the previous seal at 170 metres, there are a few different structures designed to manage the constant flow of water, including two weirs, gabion baskets, a “grizzly” which screens large rocks, and concrete blocks.   Further up the drift, past the Pit Bottom in Stone area (inbye of), a temporary seal will be established, to allow a thorough investigation of the Pit Bottom in Stone area.  A forensic inspection past that area through to the roof fall will be undertaken as conditions permit, and may need to be undertaken using breathing apparatus. When the drift is recovered and all forensics work completed, the site will be remediated before being handed back to the Department of Conservation.  The Agency will seal the drift and boreholes not required for ongoing monitoring, and the mine will revert to its inert methane atmosphere. Mine officials: Dinghy Pattinson, Chief Operating Officer and Site Senior Executive Dinghy has more than four decades of underground mining experience on the West Coast and in the Waikato. After 37 years in underground coal mining, he has worked most recently in underground metalliferous mining at Oceanagold. In addition to his strong mining background, Dinghy has been actively involved with the NZ Mines Rescue Service for the past 35 years, with roles including Brigadesman, Huntly Station Manager and Board Member. He has numerous mining qualifications, including Site Senior Executive and First Class Mine Managers certificates, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Coal Mine Strata Control from the University of New South Wales. As Chief Operating Officer, Dinghy manages the operational elements of the Pike River re-entry work programme and has responsibility for ensuring activities at the mine comply with statutory health and safety requirements. Kirk Neilson, Mine Deputy Kirk was the last miner to leave New Zealand’s last operational underground mine at Spring Creek in 2017, before joining the Pike River team. A coal mine deputy with 29 years underground coal mining experience in the Grey coal field, Kirk gained his deputy’s certificate of competency in 1998 and has been employed in this position since 2002.  Last year he also passed his Underviewer’s certificate of competency, while working for the Pike River Recovery Agency. Kirk is an extraction and development supervisor with experience in gassy conditions, heavy ground and dealing with the management of spontaneous combustion events. He is very focused on safety and is one of the mining team representatives on the Agency’s Health and Safety Committee. Chris Lee, Geotechnical Engineer Chris is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with 17 years underground mining and tunnelling experience. He gained a post-graduate engineering geology degree from Canterbury University in 2002 and underground strata control qualifications at the University of New South Wales in 2006. He started work for Solid Energy in 2002 and had exposure to many underground mining operations including Terrace, Strongman 2 and Spring Creek Mine. Chris has extensive experience in the development, implementation and management of geotechnical programs in technically challenging underground mining environments with particular reference to the management of underground strata control hazards in West Coast conditions. MIL OSI'