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    Posted: 03 Nov 2011 at 8:24pm
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Hey bit of a newbie here getting back into coarse fishing. Spent the day at my local lake in Warkworth arrassing the perch with my spinner with to no avail. When I was packing up my gear beside the lake I saw what were either HUUGE rudd or goldfish in a school crusing past. Was a bit baffled as they were dark bronze/brown looking with large scales and had big eyes on them. I've caught plenty of small rudd before (not from in here) so I know what they look like, but I didnt think feral goldfish schooled or hung aroung the surface. They must have been a good 3lbs whatever they were. Anyone fished here in the past much?
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More likely  Rudd also goldfish will soon revert back their natural bright olive colours which are very different to Rudd so almost certainly them. 
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Cheers man. Dam, they were big. Hopefully its nice and cold this weekend so the swimmers bugger off and I can have a solid crack at them.
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I have seen them in some venues where they would be 3lb especially where they get a free feed from the families who feed the ducks.
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Grass Carp maybe theres a few in there,that place is so deep with these long frond type weed covering the bottom making it a challenge to fish.
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Deep alright. The American army in the region dumped all there vehicles and ammunition etc on the bottom when they bailed after the 2nd world war so yeah theres couple of snags in there. The old fulla that used to man the place told me there was rudd, tench perch and carp in there. I took the carp bit with plenty of skepticism, but maybe there is a few grassies in there.
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Theres Carp in there like the Old guy said and some big Tench the best time to fish it is during summer at night time when you can get the fish to feed of one of the clay shelfs close to the bank.
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I don't know what they were but one day I saw about 3 fish about 1-2kg size sitting on the bottem in about 4m of water. I thort they were trout at the time, but then put it down to tench. I also saw one rise up to the surface one day about 1kg before ducking back down. The only other fish I have seen in there is what I think are Rudd, from the surface they look like a stiped bronze and dark brown/grey colour. Caught a few on the fly rod one day just little ones on a black wolly bugger. I have also done some free diving there, it is a very spooky place that goes down in shelves, The first of which is about 3m, second about 6, third about 9 and at that point it looked to go down from there, god knows how far but I chicken ****ted out at that stage!!! I think in the deep point its about 25 metres, heaps of rumers going around sayign 50-80m but thats bull cruds IMO. Know some guys that actually tanked it one day and they said that you get to a certain point and then the vis shuts down completly, then silt, then soft mud, then thicker and thicker untill god knows what. Oh, and heaps of eels. 
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Originally posted by Tomatron Tomatron wrote:

The only other fish I have seen in there is what I think are Rudd, from the surface they look like a stiped bronze and dark brown/grey colour. Caught a few on the fly rod one day just little ones on a black wolly bugger.
Those will be the little perch - theres no shortage of them. Come to think of it, in all the hours I've spent scanning the surface while I've been fishing and swimming I've NEVER seen a surface breach of any sort, makes me wont if the rudd are in fact non existant. The main picnic/swimming area right in front is where I've caught tench before and very close in. Just make sure you stick to corn etc or the eels will have a field day. Hmmm a night fish doesnt sound like a bad idea for next time, I have a feeling its guarded by security thought
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A couple of years ago, I fought my way through the overgrowth down the far end, and peering into the water there were two big carp that would have been close to double figures basking in the shallows close to a reed bed. They had no colouration and largish scales, so could have been Grass Carp, although they looked deeper and stockier than Grass Carp. However, looking into water at an angle can be deceptive, so I couldnt say. Never did get back there to fish.
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Hi all...  I grew up in WW.. I mostly fish saltwater...  but I did fish the cementworks once as a boy... almost 30 years back... (shyt time flies )     I caught tench..  
I took my son down for a look last weekend as we have moved back to the area recently.

The water looked pretty bad...  cant remember it like that all those years back...  there was a white foamy froth around the edge of the lake...  looked like algea as well...  

So... I guess, my questions are...  

Has anybody fished it this last year? and is it worth the effort?
What species are there??  any perch?  rudd?

If anybody has any general info I would be greatful...  

Cheers J
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I'd +1 the opinion that the large scaled fish will be carp.

The Tench are likely to get to a good size though, used to see plenty of big buggers cruising the Waitangi River up from Haruru Falls.

Quote there was a white foamy froth around the edge of the lake...

Wouldn't be concerned about that, this time of year most likely to be from pollen.  Lake Taupo shoreline foams up bad when the pollen is coming off the pines like smoke but it's harmless.
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Quite a cool old photo I found just gives you some idea of the depth of the place ,what lurks in those deep channels who knows.

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Jeez, that is deep. I won't be going to reach the bottom anytime soon.
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