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Thread: Catching Rig around Welly

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    Catching Rig around Welly

    Any pointers on where to look for rig/smooth hound around Wellington at this time of the year? Am reading about them in fishing mag they like rough conditions and night time is best. Do they still come in during day time if its overcast? Do you use berley to attract them?
    Wainuiomata was mentioned for summer fishing, its only 45min from us and looks like a quiet spot but not sure if its a place where they hang out atm.

    Am an absolute beginner surfcaster with 0 experience so any help would be much appreciated .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boar Freak View Post
    Any pointers on where to look for rig/smooth hound around Wellington at this time of the year? Am reading about them in fishing mag they like rough conditions and night time is best. Do they still come in during day time if its overcast? Do you use berley to attract them?
    Wainuiomata was mentioned for summer fishing, its only 45min from us and looks like a quiet spot but not sure if its a place where they hang out atm.

    Am an absolute beginner surfcaster with 0 experience so any help would be much appreciated .

    Cheers
    BF
    Be sure to flick the bail arm over prior to casting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    Be sure to flick the bail arm over prior to casting
    Thanks useful as ever
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    Mostly Catch mine using Vietnamese Prawn tails , they somehow seem to out fish Paddle crab .
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    Hey BF,

    You"ll get them during the day, but better numbers around in the evening or morning (change of light). About .5m-1m swell is ideal at Wainui. The bigger beaches over the Wairarapa will generally productive.

    1 hook ledger rigs with a 3-5/0 hook and 4-6 oz sand grip sinker.

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    Paddle crab cut in half, remove legs and top shell and a 4/0 hook through the belly and back out the same side. Bind on with bait elastic.
    Craytail thumb sized piece, bind on with bait elastic.
    Prawns, ok bait, never done that well with it but as above prep for cray tail.
    Smaller rig do eat small fish baits from time to time, but you really want shellfish.

    Set your drag firm and stay close to your rod. Spotted smooth-hounds take your bait quite hard mostly, enough to pull a weakly set rod holder over.

    Cheers and tight lines.
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    try mussel and squid on your hook together with a bit of cotton wrapped around to keep it on the hook while casting.in my experience trying to catch anything else like gurnard usually results in in plenty of sharks .most sandy beaches with a shellfish bed should have them cruising through at some stage.kahles type hooks are good for hook-ups in the mouth and don't require you to set the hook just let them take the bait and run for a few seconds then just tighten the drag up or have the reel in free spool and put into gear to set hook.

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    Cliff has posted some good info. Ocean beach from lake ferry back towards Wainui or whangamoana and even West Coast have them. Mainly caught them on paddle crab but caught smaller ones on pillies.

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    Thanks for all the info guys, will get my rod setup than give it a go.
    Nothing is tough about having a 70 lb bow and looking like an uncoordinated praying mantis while trying to draw it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    Hey BF,

    You"ll get them during the day, but better numbers around in the evening or morning (change of light). About .5m-1m swell is ideal at Wainui. The bigger beaches over the Wairarapa will generally productive.

    1 hook ledger rigs with a 3-5/0 hook and 4-6 oz sand grip sinker.

    Bait
    Paddle crab cut in half, remove legs and top shell and a 4/0 hook through the belly and back out the same side. Bind on with bait elastic.
    Craytail thumb sized piece, bind on with bait elastic.
    Prawns, ok bait, never done that well with it but as above prep for cray tail.
    Smaller rig do eat small fish baits from time to time, but you really want shellfish.

    Set your drag firm and stay close to your rod. Spotted smooth-hounds take your bait quite hard mostly, enough to pull a weakly set rod holder over.

    Cheers and tight lines.
    Hey @Cliff ,

    thanks for the info. DO you see them in Lyall or Island Bay? Will be down that way one afternoon this week so I thought I might stay for the evening and soak the line for a few hours.

    Cheers BF
    Nothing is tough about having a 70 lb bow and looking like an uncoordinated praying mantis while trying to draw it back.

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    Sorry just caught this BF

    Lyall bay yes worth fishing, you may snare a Moke if using shellfish bait as a by catch.

    Island Bay= Marine Reserve

    Cheers,

 

 

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