Matarua went milky

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brentff
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Matarua went milky

Post by brentff » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:44 pm

Kinda an odd experience today, getting my ass kicked at Fairlight, when all of a sudden the fish I’m fishing to stop feeding, and a minute later a big plug of dirty water shows up. Water went from gin clear to a milky blue in less then 5 minutes. Couldn’t find the culprit immediately but saw cleaner water the further down we went. Checked it again on the way back to Kingston and was still murky near Fairlight.

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Re: Matarua went milky

Post by Andy W » Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:55 pm

Possible, but without looking you will not know if it was in-stream or rain. Saw a couple of facebook posts about dirty water there yesterday, so your not the only to strike this.



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Re: Matarua went milky

Post by TIDDLER » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:47 pm

A POSSIBLE ANSWER ....

GOOGLE .... CAN LIME TURN WATER BLUE ?



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Re: Matarua went milky

Post by Steve » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:21 pm

Pollution Hot line - Southland regional Council? - river has a Conservation order on it so no one should be causing it to do that!



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Re: Matarua went milky

Post by Maniototoflyfisher » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:37 pm

We've had 2 afternoons with thunderstorms in the local area - hit or miss but one "shower" dropped nearly 2 inches in 20 minutes - did some damage and coloured the local river for a while - unlikely in your case as you would have heard the thunder and the river would have turned muddy brown rather than blue.



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Re: Matarua went milky

Post by fraser hocks » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:01 am

Quite likely a short sharp dump of rain up in Eyre ranges that caused that. An area called "bowels of the earth" I kid you not. Nothing to worry about.


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Re: Matarua went milky

Post by Jaapie » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:43 am

There was something in the news of late about a milk or cream spill into one of the local rivers by a West Coast milk factory.
The offender in this case was Westland Milk Products.
They spilled a bunch of stuff into the Hokitika River.

No I'm not kidding either -



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Re: Matarua went milky

Post by fraser hocks » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:14 pm

After seeing how intensive the dairy farming is around Hokatika is im not surprised. Riparian zone is a dirty word around there.

Yea I saw about that Kevin. Another instance of selling the environment off to make a few dollars for an overseas company :cry:


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Re: Matarua went milky

Post by flyfish » Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:32 pm

Wasn't these was it... this is IN the Mataura between Athol and Garston sadly... not milk, but pure piss and shit!

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Re: Matarua went milky

Post by Jaapie » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:45 am

Now there's a picture to promote South Island fishing for newcomers to the sport......

Hope that picture was reported mate.



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