Miserable weather but great turnout for Grunter Hunter

Carey Walter and Smudge organised the event forCSFC and he got a great mid field placing, but not with this little fish!

Carey Walter and Smudge organised the event forCSFC and he got a great mid field placing, but not with this little fish!

We had a great turnout for the Grunter Hunter and despite the terrible forecast and miserable start to the day, everything turned out just fine. The promised wind never turned up making for a very pleasant day from midmorning on.
While most people reported small catches we had moderate success with 19 gurnard going into the chilly bin. While we caught some smaller but legal fish that were released, 19 was enough to feed the three households represented on our boat so it was a good day. Not good enough to get us on the leader board though. We caught some very nice fish but with 10th place coming in at 1.05kg we didn’t have a show. The heaviest fish was a worthy 1.38kg, caught very close to where we were fishing. That crew only caught 5 fish all day but as the weather has cooled off since then more gurnard have moved into the harbour.

It has become more common for spiny dogfish to feature in catches over the last few years. I’m unsure why but with fishing going from strength to strength in the harbour over the last few years, there’s bound to be a few less desirable catches in the mix.
Our next event is the Ice Breaker on July 3 to 5, where you can fish anywhere in the country.
We usually only fish one of the three days but often feature in the gurnard and kahawai stakes. Last year we even got 3rd heaviest snapper from the harbour, I guess the old saying about fishing your feet first has some merit after all.

Take care and get out on those calm days,
Smudge.

Jessie Gleeson and Jake Lamb giving it their best shot, agreat effort and good to see some young guys making the most ofwhat this great community has to offer.

Jessie Gleeson and Jake Lamb giving it their best shot, agreat effort and good to see some young guys making the most ofwhat this great community has to offer.

There was more than one fisherman wishing it was a kahawaievent instead of a gurnard hunt!

There was more than one fisherman wishing it was a kahawaievent instead of a gurnard hunt!

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