Tuesday 24 January 2023

Throw some sand in

I've been taking my son Arthur out with me to look for trout on the river a few times this year.

This morning we went to a spot where I'd seen a trout yesterday.

We watched the water for a while, then Arthur started exploring the steep bank down to the water.

After climbing down to the water's edge, he threw a clump of sand into the water while making his way back up.

"That's probably not going to help attract a trout. Wait! Don't move!"

A trout had immediately appeared where the sand had landed.

I'd never thought of trying it before, but it makes sense that trout would investigate where a bank has slipped into the water from the continual erosion. There's bound to be worms or insects coming in with the sand and dirt.

The trout then came over to look at my cicacda imitation that I'd lowered into the water and leisurely took it into his mouth. I was unable to set the hook, so he swam away after some brief splashing.

I plan on adding throw-a-clump-of-sand-into-the-water-before-leaving to my methods of finding trout. Arthur convinced me to buy some plastic worm imitations a while ago too, so that should be a perfect match.

Saturday 31 December 2022

A good start to the day

I lost a lure around high tide after snagging it on a submerged log near the Spring Creek township, and was able to retrieve it without entering the water the next day around low tide. 

Over 11km inland from the mouth, the Wairau River is still affected by the tides.

I picked up a couple of empty bottles and a can that someone had left by the river. On my way to the recycling drop-off point, I decided to have a fish in the Wairau around the Tuamarina bridge. Been a while since I'd fished there.

Ended up landing a nice trout in some mixed currents almost under the bridge. Enjoyed by the family for dinner.