BE­GIN­NER'S GUIDE TO...CATCHING JOHN DORY

While not renowned for its fight­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, in the view of many the John dory is a ta­ble fish with­out par­al­lel. The per­fect, plump, white fil­lets can be cooked crispy skin on or off and ac­com­pa­nied by no more than a but­tery chardon­nay. Catching them

New Zealand Fishing World - - Top Tips -

MI­CRO-JIGS AND SMALL SOFT­BAITS

Fish­ing from a rod holder on a gen­tly rock­ing boat will im­part the best ac­tion. Fish the jig in the lower third of the wa­ter col­umn. It pays to stay fur­ther away from the reef in or­der to avoid snags. Do not strike, just let the rod load up and wind slowly to the sur­face.

FREE GAFF OR NET

Plenty of New Zealand’s more fa­mous fish­ing wharfs, like Houhora, Rus­sell and Man­gonui, see good num­bers of John dory at night time. Use a flood light to bring bait up to sur­face and watch for John­nies snoop­ing in the shad­ows, par­tic­u­larly where the cur­rent ed­dies. If you are fast enough, a well placed gaff shot will yield din­ner.

LIVE-BAIT ON A LEDGER RIG

John dory sim­ply love to eat a small live­bait. Use a heav­ily weighted ledger rig to stop the bait swim­ming around too much and fish the rig out of a rod holder close to the bot­tom. The best coun­try is reefy foul in 10 to 30 me­tres of wa­ter. Do not strike the bite, just slowly wind to the sur­face with a net handy.

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