I had the pleasure of guiding Alistair from New Plymouth today. He had been given a fly rod a few years back and had only just had the Chance to try it out. He had never picked up a fly rod before. He took to it like a duck to water and it wasn’t long before I had him hooked up into this beauty of a Hen. It pulled the scales to just over 4.5 pounds. We ended up landing four good fish like this for the day.
There was not a great amount of angling pressure on the Waitahanui and it was a fantastic day out there.
The “big Meeting”took place this week regarding the Taupo Fishery. Before it went ahead I had a chance to talk to DOC and so had a brief run down on what was going to happen. Doc are not concerned about the small fish being landed in numbers throughout the fishery and believe it will come right in the next few years. It is being put down to the lake not turning over a few years ago and the smelt being in poor condition after that. They believe the best and biggest runs will come through in the next few months.
What do I think!!
I think we have to listen to them for the next couple of years and see what happens. The quality of fish this year has been WELL up on last year. Yes they are small, but remember these fish were out in the lake last year and if the food source was slim then they would not have grown very much. They are now fat but short and they are short because of last year. The fish will hopefully be bigger next year and the condition will still be as good as this year. The runs have certainly become later and later. You can’t blame DOC for this but it is frustrating for all fisherman who in the past have had their best fishing in July and August. As much as I have freaked out this year on the size problem I understand that we can’t condemn the Taupo fishery and DOC because of two hard seasons, that would be silly. We need to wait and keep DOC informed of what is happening out there.