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Yep the lucanus work on gurnard, even when they are just sitting in the rod holder 
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Went to an awesome shimano evening at Burnscoes marine on Wednesday night and was shown how to use the new Lucanus & Bottom Ship Jigs properly by a couple of young fishos that went to japan to get to get the technique right & "yes" I was doing it wrong as I have had not much success with them, so I learnt a lot apparently the japs catch Gurnard well on them to, so you know where im going in the weekend. They had some real great discounts on the night to, so lucky Scott Warrender wasn't their or the shop would have been bought out  LOL 
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I got one that would have been close to 2 metres long one day surfcasting at the Gap had to google it to find out what it was.
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The bigger one I pulled up yesterday would have to of been around 2 metres long, it was a solid fish, wish I got photo of it.
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How big was it wekafins? I've never seen one over a metre and a half.



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Yip seven gill.... the concentrate by K island this time of year.... weve got some big ones off the west coast, but the biggest ive seen was at the top of coromandel..

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It's funny how you'll only come across a certain species on a certain day, like today with the seven gills, and another day we caught multiple spiny dogs but have never caught them any other time. You never know whats gonna happen when you go out fishing which is what keeps me coming back for more, theres some impressive stuff living in the water.
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nice pic of the 7 gill. never seen one in the harbour before. Bu the same token i have hauled up snapper heads,so maybe i have --sort of.
Good Gurnard catch. I had thought they had gone and hadnt gone out- what have i missed.
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Yes that's a seven gill shark they are pretty docile but go a little bit nuts when they get to the boat. They are a reasonably common catch in the harbour, sometimes going a year or more without one yet once we had heaps just in one day.


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I think those sharks will eat anything. I caught one on a live bait down by the
South channel entrance a couple of years back.
The last few trips including Saturday up the Papakura channel we have caught legal Snapper  280mm that we have thrown back.
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We were also getting heaps of small snapper like bites and the sure enough we foul hooked a couple of them, all too small to bite a hook. Havent had them since summer...
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Thanks Dominus, looks like it was a sevengill, it was pretty hard case pulling the ray out of it's throat, do they come into the harbour to hunt rays?
Good stuff Club Matt, they must have been on holiday last week. They certainly are in good condition though Thumbs Up
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                               {The Bulls are running with the Heifers again}
Yep!! Apart from a late start, I managed to get out on Saturday at about an hour before the top of the tide and within the first drop, produced some explosive Gurnard hits. They weren't mucking around & 8 in the bin before the top of the tide wasn't bad going for me. Biggest weighed up at 1.030 kg and half around the.900 mark. I must say the were all in fat condition and all were roed up well. Picked up some nice Sea Trout too, on the turn of the tide, but it snotted up a bit with the weather, so I pulled the pick early and came in.
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We catch those sharks regularly inside and outside the bar. Caught one on Saturday up the Papakura channel.Sevengill shark I think.Realy docile. 
Good bin of Gurnard there. We only got 6 gurnard on Saturday that we kept and 3 went back to small.
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http://www.fishingmag.co.nz/sevengill-sharks.htm
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Despite the forecast telling me there was going to be gusts upto 50 knots, thunder, lightning & rain, I thought i'd try my luck anyway and just aswell because it was mint out there, hardly any wind and one short light shower was all we had to put up with. Took my brother out for a fish, went straight to my usual spot in the waiuku channel and consistently caught fish from around 11.30 till about 2.30 with a small quiet patch when the tide was slack, 15 gurnard kept and about 4 under 35cm released, we were still catching fish when we decided to call it a day.
Also a question for you knowledgeable guys out there, who can tell me what kind of shark this is...? Never caught one before and managed 2 of them today! The first one in the pic was over a metre long and had a black cord hanging out it's mouth so I grabbed it with the pliers and pulled and whatta ya' know, a little stingray, wasn't expecting that! Let this fella go and 30 mins later it's mumma turned up, atleast twice the size and twice the girth of the smaller one, unfortunately once I got it to the boat it twisted it's tail around the mainline and broke free so I didn't get a picture, was the same kind of shark as earlier though, grey and covered in black spots. They seemed like quite docile fish, both just felt like a big weight on the end of the line and didn't put up much of a fight at all, especially the bigger one.

Cirrus - on average these gurnard had noticeably larger amounts of roe in them, a big change from what I have seen lately, so that would match up with a late spawn...?




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went out on the Manukau yesterday, got into some good gurnard down by the airport.  average weight for us .900   nice and fat .Big tide didn't help, but salted tuna was the winner 
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certainly find it interesting observing the migration patterns of fish and how they come and go. Adds another dimension to fishing .
I have noticed by end of July they were fully roed up and then thinned out. Assumed they then spawned in the spring out in the open water off the coast. But who knows. Not sure if this pattern happens in other areas.
Maybe they come inshore to feed up on plentiful food before spawn.
Perhaps the opposite of Snapper who mostly seem to come inshore after spawn to fatten up before heading off shore for winter
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Very strange indeed. Is winter their usual spawning time? We must almost be at the end of winter time by now... This is my first year of consistently fishing the harbour so I don't really have any patterns from previous years to compare to. The fish seem to have been in pretty good condition on average but just lacking roe?
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Thats strange Coxie. Maybe a very late spawn.Cant see why though. My last fish was about 3 weeks back and the around half of the biggest had not a trace of row. Doubt they had spawned as they were very fat,excellent condition.
All previous years by end July all Gurnard had ripe roe.Then they went off. Never saw one without roe or milt.
But not this year. So what does that Mean. Probably means i dont know very much about gurnard.
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2 of the 3 did have roe but only small amounts... and the biggest one had none at all. Also not even one kahawai today which is a first...
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