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Records

Individual: Most Fish in a Day

The Gentlemen

1st Place: David Jaquith

18th January 2004: Dave landed 21 fish on a local river, including an astonishing 19 brown trout on a 250 yard long run, which took us 6 hours to progress through! In the 5 days he was here, tallies were 11, 12, 3, 21 and 8, making a total of 55 trout landed...  See January Fishing Report for full story... see References for Dave's comments...

David Jaquith fights another nice brown trout on the section known hereafter as "Dave's Run" This section took us 6 hours to progress through, most of which time the guide remained seated, watching and waiting to land and release the fish. At times, I could see as many as 5 fish lined up along the run awaiting their turn!
2nd Place: Dale Meier

6 March 2004: Dale Meier, an 82yr old Michigan angler, raised the individual record for most fish landed in one day on Lake Brunner to 19. This also places him 2nd overall. See March Fishing Report for full story.....

3rd Equal: Fred Sutler

12 January 2004. Fred landed 17 trout on Lake Brunner. Heavy rain the previous few days saw the lake level rise about 4 feet, and water temps drop about 3 degrees to 20.7C. The day was heavily overcast, and often misty, with showers, air temp approx 16C. Fish were hitting streamers aggressively!  This was Fred's 3rd visit with us in 14 months, and today  followed on from the previous day's total of 9 fish in the net!  

3rd Equal: Buck Levy

February 2004 may have been a dreadful month for weather, but the fishing was improved by a drop in water temperatures. Buck Levy landed 10 fish in two hours on Lake Brunner on his first morning, followed up by a further 7 in the afternoon on the Arnold River, making a total of 17 landed for the day. 

Photo still to come

 

4th Equal: Ken Brunk

12th Feb 2003. Ken landed 15 brown trout on Lake Brunner. Overnight rain caused numerous cicada to hit the water and trout were feeding freely on them on all day. An olive deer-hair cicada imitation accounted for most of the fish landed. 

4th Equal: John Ritterbush

22 December 2003 - John landed 15 fish for the day. This beauty was one of the 49 fish landed in the three days John & wife Penny were at Lake Brunner with their two sons.

 

5th Equal: Jean Malla

Jean broke the previous record of 10 fish,  landing 11 fish on 13th December 2002

 

 
5th Equal: Kevin McMann

Kevin equaled Jean's record of 11 fish,  landing 11 fish on 29th January 2003

 

4th Equal: Ken Mackay

Ken equaled the record of 11 fish on 5th February 2003

 

The Ladies 

1st Place: Penny Ritterbush

22 December 2003 - Penny landed 12 fish for the day whilst out with husband John and their two boys. The total of 24 fish landed for the day puts them in first place in the "team" section for most fish landed..

 

2nd Place: Anne Colston Wentz

August 2001: Anne landed 10 fish on a drizzly day. all were caught on "Green Bully" streamers.  

3rd Place: Linda Kahn 

The "Queen of Streamer" landed landed 9 fish on the Arnold River on 11th Feb 2003. all in all, a great display of hard work, accurate casting, and interesting retrieval technique. Linda had trouble early on, striking too soon - she pioneered the art of looking away when a fish followed the streamer, striking only on feeling the take.

4th Place: Cheryl McGill

November 2003: Not sure exactly how many Cheryl landed - she had three by lunch time, and I lost count at 6. The fish went crazy about 1:30pm, until the wind kicked in at 3:30pm. She and husband Tim were landing them left, right and centre there for a couple of hours! 

Top Team - Most Fish in the Net in a Day

First Place

22 December 2003John & Penny Ritterbush landed 24 fish for the day, twelve apiece! John's tally of 15 on the previous day, plus 10 on the last day,  meant an astonishing total of 49 fish in the net for three days!

The weather was very pleasant, and the fish were both cooperative and in great condition. 

The +3kg fish John is holding was one of the best fish I've seen landed on Brunner in the 2003/2004 season. 

2nd Place

Ken Brunk & Aubrey Paverd

12 Feb 2003 - 23 fish in the net for the day. Ken landed 15, Aubrey landed 8 for the day. 20 fish were taken on the dry fly, three on a nymph. 

 

3rd Place

Dale Meier & Charley Adams 

6th March 2004: Dale and Charley had a big day out.... landing 21 fish between them for the day. Here they enjoy a shore lunch on the southern end of Lake Brunner. 

 

3rd Place

4th Feb 2004 - Hal Boylan & Stan Baldwin, below right, landed 19 fish on the best day of their return visit, and for the 6 days, tallies were 8, 12, 19, 5, 6 and 10 for a total of 60 fish. 

Photo still to come
4th Place

Feb 2003 - Hal Boylan, at right & Stan Baldwin, below right, landed 17 in a day which brought thunderstorms, icy showers, hail... The fishing started slow, with 4 in the net by lunch time - one on a nymph, 3 on streamers. A foray into the Orangipuku River, discoloured from the rain, improved results, with another 13 fish in rapid succession. 

Stan & Hal ended up with a tally of 57 fish for their 5.5 days of fishing. The majority were taken on the big Cicada dry fly, some on nymphs, and the last 16 on streamers.   

5th Place

Ken McMann and friend Jim landed 16 fish on 29th January 2003

6th Place: 

Mr Teiji Araki & Mr Masahiro Mizukama

The boys landed 12 fish on 13th Feb 2003.

 

 

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