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    Posted: 15 Aug 2020 at 7:00pm
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ok so trick is how do i sneak into clarks beach from the south lol thinking tuakau
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Originally posted by The Tamure Kid The Tamure Kid wrote:


I suspect Tamaki Strait may hold decent numbers of gurnard in the winter in the same way the 10-15m flats off East Coast Bays do - as Shane and the kayak guys up that way have got on to. Similar habitat and bottom with crabs, crustaceans etc.


40 years ago we often caught gurnard in the panmure basin. 
A few weeks back we caught a small one off music point, they might be back in the estuary once more ??
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Targeting west coast carrots in the little FC430......


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Targeting carrots off the bays......

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Good little bunch of carrots there Jase. Your plans really do come together nicely😉
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Nice FW want to crack 50cm out there. I reckon there is a bulldog amongst them.
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Harvesting our east coast bays carrot patch.

The plan was a catch up carrot sesh with Pea in the little FC off the bays, it's a great time of year to try and track down a few of these succulent morsels. The snapper thin out and the carrots move in, over the years they have taken up residence off the bays over winter. When we first started catching them a few years ago we would get 2-3 to every one snap, now that we target them a lot more when the snapper have thinned right out it's pretty much a 100% catch rate. It's pretty cool to head out and target a certain fish and only catch that species and nothing else. With a high around just after 10.00 we launched around 9.00, the plan was to fish that last hour of the tide and into the slack. I do like fishing them on the slack but you get them right through the tides.

Arriving at our spot and with the wind not to strong we decided to start with a few drifts using softies and micro jigs, it can be a lot of fun catching them on the light gear. Pea was running a little micro jig and I was on a soft bait, part of the plan was to trial a few different techniques to see what works best when targeting them. I do prefer the good old bait and berley and really think you can't beat it. We caught a couple on our first couple of drifts then dropped a few over the next 2-3 drifts so the micro jig and softies worked well even though we had to work a little more for them - it is fun drifting and hooking up..

After a few more drifts and no takes we changed over to drifting with baits but as the tide slackened the wind picked up and it got a little to difficult to fish on the drift, it was time to drop the pick and berley and let the fish come to us. Although a lot of fisho's hate the mess of bait and berley I still think that old school fishing is one of the best ways to target fish if you are wanting to land good numbers. Don't get me wrong I do love a bit of softbaiting and micro/slow jigging but only when it is the time to do so. This time of year in the shallows or just off shore bait and berley comes into it's own.

Setting the berley we dropped our first baits, cubed pillie is one of my favorite ways to catch them - just the right size to fit in their mouths. It normally takes a good 10-15mins before you start to get any inquires, we normally get a few little nibbles with the odd hook up or miss then 30-40mins in they can really come on the bite as the berley kicks in. Our first few carrots were of small size but at least we started getting a few, but as stated above the bites came on more and more and soon we were getting bites within seconds of the bait hitting the bottom. I stuck with the strayline rig but Pea was starting to get hammed on the Ocean Assassin flasher rig which he likes to use when targeting gurnard.

Our east coast carrots are a little different to the west in the way of size, we can get some goodies but off the bays they probably average around 35-40cm. We kept the ones reaching over the 30cm and soon we had a few more hitting the bin around the 32cm. There were plenty there for the taking and after adding 5-6 to the ones we got on the drift we had a big front come through and drag us off our spot. It gets a little annoying especial when they are on the bite and after resetting a few times it went pretty quite for us, we managed a few more once we stayed put and better ones around the 42cm.

With the wind up and a good 10-12 carrots in the bin we called it a day - our carrot plan came together perfectly and it was a great catch up gurnard sesh with Pea.

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That's cool Perchase. 53cm is a solid gurnard. I've never caught one on a live bait but the bigger ones often have small fish such as juvenile flounder andstargazers in their gut. Maybe a small live bait is a good option!
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Gurnard are a bit of a mainstay down in Nelson inshore waters over winter, I tend to only get out for the odd half day mid week and have been doing ok on the drift, wth a ledger rig , home tied with orange flash and 3/0 red black magic recurves, in the rodholder, alongside one of kavemans orange curly tail kaburas , which seems to get the horses, while I softbait actually casting ahead with new penny grubs. It keeps me busy and they all do ok, in shallow the softbait seems to clean up. It's a fine pastime, maybe not action packed but nice to be on the water. Record so far sizewise was 53 cm in Okiwi bay anchored up on a live piper on the bottom obviously, about ten years ago, and at the time was almost too distraught by the demise of my precious livebait to appreciate my awesome gurnard., curious to know if anyone has caught any on livies? ( mine was a total fluke, I was after snapper of course)
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looks like there's plenty carrots coming in. They look in good nick too. Smudge any comp winners in your lot?
Why choose either diving or fishing when you can do both. Besides crayfish tail is very good bait!!
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About a dozen gurnard today, we mostly snapper fished but once we moved to a gurnard spot we got into them. Should have moved earlier. Snapper is 35cm
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South of Ponui, last 2 hours of outgoing this morning. Berley. Anchovies, pilchard and old ky baits.
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Originally posted by The Tamure Kid The Tamure Kid wrote:

Great report, sounds like a good day out with the young fellow. Tasty dinner, for sure.

Yeah he lives for fishing just like his dad and myself and both his grandfathers lol
He gets a little bored if fishing is slow as we all do but he keeps himself Entertained.. yesterday he was busy catching ky sometimes 2 at a time hahaha

He’s lucky to have keen fishermen on both sides Of the family
Who have boats So he gets no shortage of fishing
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Nice report sapper.  
Iv never really had alot of luck with the ol Gurnard over the years. Got a few once close in of Pakiri beach when returning from a slow day out at LB. Makes me wounder weather its worth setting up and heading over there again just for a change of scenery.
Has anybody else had much success in that area?
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Great report, sounds like a good day out with the young fellow. Tasty dinner, for sure.
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Nice catch👍...I also find that a single or 2 hook sliding rig has the best results 😉

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Well done Darryn!
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Shot out on the Kaipara this morning with my brother and 6yo Nephew
I’ve recently upgraded my sounder/chart plotter
And all my marks are saved in my phone
Geuss what I forgot my phone lol
(Yes my brother had his as a back up Communication device) if the vhf failed

Essentially we were flying blind to alot of my Usual spots as they are in the shellows and not marked on the charts so I picked a gut I remember doing well in with a mate a few years back Anchored on the edge of the gut in 3m (its 5m at deepest point and drops out of 1.5m
And deployed the Burly

We had 3 rigs set up my Nephew had a black magic tarakihi terminator (smuge’s suggestion)

And two Variations of the sinker above a droper rig method

I had a fixed sinker about 10cm above the trace
And my brother had a running sinker above his
My brother and myself were using light gear
He had is 6kg soft baiting set up
I had my trout jigging combo a 2-4kg set up with 3 kg braid and
And our rigs were tide with 4/0 mustard demons on 25lb Fluorocarbon really thin stuff

The Nephew Obviously being 6 was useing heavyer gear and the flasher tied with 40-60lb??

Anyway how did it go
Well the lighter more Sensitive gear was definitely an advantage
The flasher rig only managed one gernard all be it the biggest of the day a really nice fish... Plenty of ky to keep him busy though

Next best was my fixed sinker rig I got 2 good eaters I got alot less ky also which is always good

My brothers running sinker was the highlight grabbing 5 gernard

Best bait was ky with skin taken off just slivers of meat it’s actually Surprisingly tough

Filleted 2 before we remembered photo do only 6 and fillets showen lol
Also took 6 ky to smoke and top up bait supply

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