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lodge1

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This venue is one that few outside NZ would know.The day was hot with temperatures in the high 20s.blue skys and the lightest of breazes.The river is 20--25 meters wide and had a slow flow.As I peged out there were plenty of fish rising and moving in the sides.18 anglers turned out which is about normal.Match started at 9/30 and I had an eel straight away.2nd put in at 6meters and I snaged some dead weed on the bottom.3rd and 4th were the same.In front of me was an old weed bed out of sight but causing havoc and I peged out!A look up and down the river and confirmed that most were having a good day with mainly rudd and catfish {bull head].I did catch a couple of small koi around 2lb one was foul hooked through the dorsal fin ,it felt more like a 10lb fish.At weigh in I had 11lb5oz but it was not going to help my points for the summer series.The weights did not match the early indications but all caught fair weights.
1st Alan johansen 26lb
2nd Angus Sutherland19lb5oz
3rd Mike Buckley 17lb3oz
4th Dennis Brewin 17lb
 

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hi
its great to see this report from New Zealand must be the first
as i dont think any of us have fished the venue please would it be possible to give a brief description on venue,method,baits ect
it will be interesting to see any differences,methods ect.
also WELCOME to the mad MDs just keep the reports coming


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Many of the fish here are the same as UK.Rudd,tench,perch,eels[80lb]goldfish,koi and bullhead catfish.I have a few poles but tend to use the maver iron arm as it can hold the larger koi.Much of the gear is imported from uk.Bait is much the same as yours but we have to make our own.Breed our own maggots,dig our own worms and make our own secret groundbaits.The rivers can be 50/60 meters across but most are20/25meters.They tend to be muddy coloured and often have a slow flow.Most uk styles of fishing work and we can follow the new ideas from the net and imported mags;If you come this way bring your gear as for $68 you get a licence that allows you to fish for Salmon/trout or coarse in most of NZ.It is illegal to charge for fishing in NZ!!
 

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Lodge,
Great to get a report from the other side of the world.
Nice to know that not everyone is freezing or getting flooded out.[:D]
quote:Many of the fish here are the same as UK
eels[80lb]!!!!!!!!!![:0] I dont think so,i have enough trouble with "bootlaces" Don't fancy wrestling a conger on the bankside.[:D]
What rigs do you use for them??????????




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Sea gear,stainless traces.I will say that we dont land the big ones,in fact no one fishes for them.Had some anglers out from UK after them but the biggest they got was 12lb.Dead baits or half a chicken works.
 

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quote:Dead baits or half a chicken works.


Norm, hey Norm we've found a use for your Chicken

What size hook lodge?

[:D]

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hiya barry, welcome to the site, like has been said, its great to get a report from afar.
quote:The day was hot with temperatures in the high 20s.blue skys and the lightest of breazes.
what time is the next bus. [:D]


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hooks are 4/0.You have to realise that these snakes have serious teeth at this size.A local farmer had a sick sheep that fell half in a pond and died,2 days later the half in the water was a skeleton.I have a picture I willscan and post on site
 

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As the others have said Lodge1 it's good to see a report from NZ, makes interesting reading keep em coming.

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Hey Lodge 1 - your'e probably laying in the sun somewhere but where's this pic. of this half-eaten sheep????


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Paul your worrying me asking for pictures of sheep.
Just leave it!
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I dont have a picture of the sheep {and it was the back end that got eaten]but I do have one of an eel involved.I have yet to add pictures to this site so I will have to work out how to do it.
 

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If you cant forget the past,try not to get caught(again)

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The back end got eaten - that's the best bit (oops)

It gets lonely on those cold Winter League matches.


Miss you Dirkie!


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what will happen if we get paul r & missing phil together on a fishin where there is sheep

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Thought you might like to see a boot lace NZ style.I wouldnt handle the big ones like this but the small ones like the one in the picture are ok.
 

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You say that's a small one?

Looks more like a conger eel than a freshwater eel - image them in the River Avon URGH!!

I'd heard tales of large eels living in pools in NZ but never had seen any pic's of the beasts UNTIL NOW!

Think I'll stick to catching little perch and gudgeon this week.


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quote:Think I'll stick to catching little perch and gudgeon this week.

You'll be lucky Paul [;)][;)]

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oh my god lodge!!!

thats mad! the damn things bigger than most wreck caught congers.... how comethey grow so large? that one's heavier than Malc [:p] and u say its a baby [:0]

i recon you could have a great business venture in jellied eels there chap.....



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The NZ short fin eel is supposed to be the largest freshwater eel.You can see that eating whole ducks is no problem.They clean the waterways like vultures clean up carrion.
 
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