Friday 6th January 2017


Overcast start here in Turangi today. Cool and very crisp start to the day. As of 9:00am no wind. All rivers are fishable. 

Looks like there has been some great fishing on Lake Taupo over the last few weeks. General reports are mostly from jiggers. Appears to be plenty of smelt around this year and reports of some big smelt. Kind of what we have seen so far from the Lake then the river fish should be in great condition moving into the rivers this year. This year in comparison to last year the fish seem to be in great condition. In a fishery the size of Lake Taupo we are kind of at the mercy of the elements in terms of what we get from the fishery. There are lots of variables that go into the fish and food supply and to get a consistent catch rate v condition rate v size or length of fish is totally at the mercy of the elements.  However I wonder if the last three "drought" summers with "high" sunshine hours have had something to do with producing the great smelt that we have this year. 

Below is a little bit of delayed coverage from the Omori Fishing Competition held last weekend. A report thanks to Phil Shields.  Phil writes:

Hi Graham, Kathy, Jared, Andrew & John,
Happy New Year & best wishes for 2017. It certainly got off to a good start here in Omori / Kuratau with our annual fish competition.  Whilst the number of entrants at 112 was down on previous years, the fish numbers were up with 106 fish weighed in over 2 days (the condition of fish caught was very impressive with 18 fish having condition factors over 50!)
As is always the case, knowledge and experience helps and this was proved by local Turangi angler John Wall who managed to get all 4 of his children/whanau who entered onto some good fish whilst jigging in Toakaanu Bay. Hukarere Wall did very well and took home “Child Female – Heaviest Trout Winner”and also “Child – Best Condition Factor Winner” for her 1.38 kg, 54.87 c.f. rainbow.
Last years “Child Male – Heaviest Trout Winner” Ben Spring from Hamilton won the category again this year with a 3.43 kg (7.5 lbs ) rainbow jack from the Tongariro. Look out for Ben in the future – he is only 11, loves his hunting and fishing and has already shot 2 deer himself!
Leigh Whitehead from Taumarunui caught a lovely brown trout deep trolling off Kuratau and took home the “Adult Female – Heaviest Trout Winner” for her 3.46 kg (7.6 lbs ) fish.
Photo’s of these happy anglers are attached – the smiles on their faces say it all.  My sincerest thanks to Sporting Life for your on going and very generous support of this competition
Kind Regards

Phil Shields

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