Back in February I spent a week in New Zealand and split my time between both salt and freshwater. Whilst everyone is familiar with the trout in NZ, not many people know that there is also a fantastic shallow water flats fishery there. We were in a place called Golden Bay, which sits at the top end of the South Island. Each summer as the water warms, huge stingrays cruise the flats (think car hood sized, not the little texas ones). Following the sting rays come yellow tailed kingfish looking to eat what ever the rays stir up. Normally a deepwater species, kingfish are a member of the jack family and fight just like the rest of them. All fishing is on foot and in water from knee to chest deep. The sting rays can be seen from far away as they are jet black and then its just a question of running through the water to get close enough to cast at one to see if there are kings following. They will hit streamers and top water and fight like demons! The weather was a mixed bag and really affected the trout fishing – will post the trout pics when I get them. Enjoy! Fishing was organized through the excellent aussieflyfisher.com
The following is from Capt Scott Null:
I’ll be going back to Louisiana for the winter bull reds in 2018. I have secured a really nice house on Grand Isle with two separate living quarters. It is located right on the beach with a large deck above the dunes. I have the second and third floors. We’ll have it to ourselves as they won’t rent the first floor while I’m there.
Met up with the team at 0600 at the parking lot. There were a grand total of 16 of us ready for this adventure spread out in 7 vehicles.
We headed down the beach at 0640 and was at mile marker 20 at exactly sunrise.
Howard Finley is wanting to head down to PINS next weekend (October 6-9, 2017)and is looking for people to travel down the beach with him.
You can get in touch with him at (3O4) 61O(dash)4227
I was using a handheld camera, and eventually ran out of battery.
Skip D. talked to our famous Billy S. today and the trip.
With the winds and direction they are coming from, for safety, and comfort’s sake, the trip to PINS is cancelled for this year.
Those conditions could cause a repeat of 2015 trip..
Cabela’s is proud to host the League City Tying Team, made up of members from the Texas FlyFishers, Fly Fishers International, and other local anglers. Come join the group at the table and learn about methods, techniques, and tools, as it relates to tying fish for our local Texas waters. Talk around the table almost always gets into fishing, so feel free to ask questions.
The theme for September 24th is “Redfish flies.”
We will have room for a dozen or so tyers, with room for others to join in.
Start time is 2:00pm and we plan to tie until about 4:00pm held at
Let “Puck” know if you would like to join in. A good headcount ahead of time will make sure we have enough “stuff” available.
Christmas Bay Continue reading