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HI guys hope yourll all doing well and fishing is great, now i need help, where can i get these freshwater crayfish from im in auckland in the north shore?
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what do you want to do with them
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LMAO felixx, you a sick puppy! hehe
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hi guys thanks for the reply, i want to put one or two in a water garden im building at home its quiet big and the pet shop has them for $30 bucks each so i thought id get them myself
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another thing are you allowed to catch them?
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don't tell me that a fella cant go get a couple of crawlies now...
hell this bloody 2 systems in one country is ridiculous
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LMAO felixx, you a sick puppy! hehe
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they taste good too i get them out south
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Hi when i was a kid we went to ness valley hunting for goats and i found them in the creek. No hunting there now. Not sure if you are allowed to take them.
If i fished like i lied i`d be good
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ive got millions of them in a creek that runs through my house but sadly i live in wellington.. LOL
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damn wish thats creek was in auckland..there is know restrictions in taking them?if you can buy it at the pet shop
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The only place I know you can't take them is lake taupo - I think thats the only area though
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Im sure no one will mind you taking a couple for your garden though...
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Originally posted by howzit_kzn howzit_kzn wrote:

HI guys hope yourll all doing well and fishing is great, now i need help, where can i get these freshwater crayfish from im in auckland in the north shore?

Mate, I've got the perfect place for you!

The creek that runs down through the bottom of Parkhill Road in Birkenhead has a fair few as well as mature inanga (Galaxiidae) aka native trout. I used to live in Berne Place and the creek ran through our property. 

The upper reaches seemed to have a higher population of lobster as there were more pools. There is no public access to the creek from Berne Place, but you can take the track that is about half way down Parkhill Rd on the left hand side and head off to the left when you get to the bridge over the creek. You'll come to a 'Y' junction (big pine tree to your left) somewhere along the line. Turn left and head up the creek.

There's a nice big pool (20 - 30mins walk if that) that had plenty. Use a small hook with a small piece of bacon or steak and you should be in. Used to eat them and they tasted beautiful!

There are some pretty big eels in that creek too.

We used to catch them day and night. Go at night and you may come across the glow worms.

What's the cheapest type of meat? Dear balls. They're under a buck.
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Originally posted by Finatic Finatic wrote:

 
There's a nice big pool (20 - 30mins walk if that) that had plenty. Use a small hook with a small piece of bacon or steak and you should be in. Used to eat them and they tasted beautiful!
 
I hope that you are referring to the Koura there  Wink. I have heard that those 'native trout' are keen on a small bit of bacon also. 
 
I lived in Parkhill Rd for years and never knew the Koura were there. Bugger!!!
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Originally posted by Tagit Tagit wrote:

I hope that you are referring to the Koura there  Wink. I have heard that those 'native trout' are keen on a small bit of bacon also. 

Of course

Didn't see a lot of the native trout, mostly saw them close to home in the evenings/night. They were big as far as those things grow.
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Go buy one of those green trap style nets, if they are there then you will get them, best to get them at night to the seem a bit less shy. And take enough home for a feed too! they are tasty lil critters
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Originally posted by Finatic Finatic wrote:

Originally posted by howzit_kzn howzit_kzn wrote:

HI guys hope yourll all doing well and fishing is great, now i need help, where can i get these freshwater crayfish from im in auckland in the north shore?

Mate, I've got the perfect place for you!

The creek that runs down through the bottom of Parkhill Road in Birkenhead has a fair few as well as mature inanga (Galaxiidae) aka native trout. I used to live in Berne Place and the creek ran through our property. 

The upper reaches seemed to have a higher population of lobster as there were more pools. There is no public access to the creek from Berne Place, but you can take the track that is about half way down Parkhill Rd on the left hand side and head off to the left when you get to the bridge over the creek. You'll come to a 'Y' junction (big pine tree to your left) somewhere along the line. Turn left and head up the creek.

There's a nice big pool (20 - 30mins walk if that) that had plenty. Use a small hook with a small piece of bacon or steak and you should be in. Used to eat them and they tasted beautiful!

There are some pretty big eels in that creek too.

We used to catch them day and night. Go at night and you may come across the glow worms.

That's cool info Finatic !  Sounds like an awesome ecosystem right in the middle of jaffa land - let's hope it doesn't end up polluted or cleaned out by the punters though - that wld be a real shame 
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That sounds awesome Finatic, just up the road from me.  I've had a walk up a few of the local streams an there is quite a bit of life in them, they have done a great job cleaning them up and planting.

Not sure about whether you can legally take them (Koura) or how many, I know you used to be able too but now they are under the jurisdiction of DOC, waiting on them to call me back and will post what they say.  Might find that the native ones are protected or customary rights only but the imported red claw crays are fair game - I think they are bigger too, which helps if you're greedy like me!
 
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A bit late on the response but you can take them, 50 per day per person, no size limit restrictions but there may be some local legality from local governers like Taupo etc. 
 
Hopefully I get some time to go and pick some this weekend.  Thanks for the tip on catching them too Finatic, I was just going to make a boxed net and pick it up the next day, but more likely never see it again haha
 
More fun fishing for them, might take the kids from next door with me, keep them out of trouble for a few hours!
 
Any tips on cooking them?
 
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Hey there i caught afew crawlies/koura/freshwater crayfish in a local stream and was wondering if i could put them in warm water such a a tropical fish tank its not to warm also in aussie they have freshwater crayfish that look identical in tropical tanks any feedback on this would be great ...also if any1 nos were i could get blue ones in NZ as ive seen in videos thtd also be great thanks guys.
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