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,