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White baiting this Thursday and the river runs right behind my house. Looking forward to a good season. Any one else into it?
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too right Cookie
you want my address for the overflow?
I am haveing trouble getting a net at a good price
Whitebait is by far the best seafood I have ever tasted
yellowfin tuna (smoked) is second
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Barrie not to sure about that over flow you talk about.
Last year was one of the worst for a while. Start of the season the wife put the net in and caught about 7 pound, so we gave it away to our parents etc thinking we would catch some more latter. Mate that was it for the season, managed to get enough for a few fritters our selves and thats all.
News was you had a pretty good season over your side???.
Been keeping an eye on our river and about a month ago the river was loaded, wouldnt you know it. Still not much beats a day on the river and that first big feed of white bait.

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I didnt buy a net last year so the only bait I got was bought but man , thats better than none at all. I have never been after then in Auckland but my mouth is watering already.
7 lb   gesh I would be happy with that for the season. Dont suppose you will get this reply as you will be on the river as I type
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How many do you need for a "feed" and how do you cook them? I caught half a dozen yesterday on rod and line (worm tip on a size 14) and I am going back for more today.
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Chris, I heard the best way to cook them is to fillet them and pan fry in garlic butter; -)
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Just bought the first today. 250 grams for $20... should need about 1 eggs for that then heaven...man there is nothing better than whitebait fritters. Not even a promise

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hEY Cookie
hOWS YOUR SEASON GOING...SHOULD i SEND MY ADDRESS FOR YOUR OVERCATCH?
what stage of the tide do you normally fish?
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Gidday Barrie

Trust me mate there is no problems with over run at my house.

Season has started off fairly quite and we have the added bonus of having two rivers about 5 km apart around here.
Was with a couple of mates the other day and watched them pull in three pounds, but they were the only ones on the river doing it.
You want to be on the river at the very start of the making tides, so on our bigger river it is approx 4-5 hours before high and on the smaller river it is only 2-3 hours before high. We can generally get another hour of baiting in after the turn of high.

Sounds fairly simple but down here as with most keen white baiting areas you need to be on the river at least a good couple of hours before then to get the prime spots (or even earlier).
$20 bucks for 250gs is starting to get a bit rich, hope you had them all for yourself.
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too rite mate
as only a witebait fan understands
$20 is cheap for my fix
I havnt been able to get a net as of yet but I will get one over the next 2 weeks. Im away on a charter this weekend so may treat the guys with some $76 per kg here at the moment but I have only found one seller. They sell it for $15 for 150gms or $20 for 250...gonna have to buy a Kg...just cant resist. Starting to shake now
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Geez, Barrie, take a grip on yourself, man....

** busy wiping drool from keyboard ** now you are making me hungry with all these whitebait talk. I think I would grab myself a deep fried snapper for lunch, yummmmmm..........

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Hey Joseph

Mate it gets worse, after youve been at the river all day and you get home and hit the sack and close your eyes and all you can see is the little buggers swimming up stream, then you know you need help. Christ I dare not tell her indoors Im dreaming of whitebait she will have me committed.

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Cookie...These guys dont understand what true sport is do they. Just think...the way we get them is to spear them ...we use a long fine needle and a rubber band with a peice of bandaid wraped around it so as the needle dosnt damage the rubber then only head shots will do so we dont damage the fleshy body. The hardest part is in storing the catch so that we dont waste time by swimming back to shore after each shot, I use an old film container as the lid wont fall off easily therefore I dont waste what I have spared.
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Think we might have to shout a few rums before we start with some of these old yarns.  
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Nearly got me believing you there, Barrie, after what Chris Stabler posted. I remember watching a T.V. programme somewhere where the guy devised a long line for hooking whitebait, but his tongue was firmly stuck in his cheek.

Yeah, Cookie, if you had enough rum, you just might be able to make 250g of whitebait look like a kilo....LOL

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Joseph your on to it mate. I was around at the old mans place last night and we were chewing the fat about this and that when he brought out his fishing dairy for 1976. For the weeks of September � October their catch rate was on average 10 to 20 pounds per day and the best days were 70 and 90 pound of whitebait. With those sought of numbers maybe all the above techniques just might work. Best I seen was seven years ago a catch rate of 120 pound (an unbelievable sight). More impressive was their flounder catches but that�s going to take another visit and a couple of beers to digest those numbers.
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I know this is a whitebait thread, but Cookie did bring up flounder! I understand they are mainly caught here by spear and net (sounds a tad gladitorial to me) but does anyone fish for them with rod and line? I used to do pretty well for them in the Humber estuary back home and there are a couple of stretches of Clark's beach that look promising. Boiled shrimp worked well for bait back home, any thoughts of what might do it here?

Ta. Chris

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Chris..I know Im gonna get myself hung now but I dont know of many people that consider flounder as sport fish. Its considered a meal and not too many people target them for sport. Have you ever tried spareing them at night...a lot of different fun.
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Try flounder fishing with a wee spoon, I've also had success with tiny hooks and fresh mussel bait.  There was a thread about this on the old board, it got me out and trying it and it works - surprisingly!!!

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Barrie , Being of a "gladatorial " bent I am real keento hold a whitebait spearfishing comp. My SMALLEST SPEAR SHAFT IS 6MM ( no not long but diameter - 1.2m long!) May need to modify slightly here. Will need to place the shot inorder to not damage fillet. Can you organise weigh gantry etc??Will also need large ofal bin to store waste.(Whitebait guts)

Hows is the trailor going or not going as the case maybe. Must have been hard with the good weather lately.

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