Q: I’m trying to catch a gurnard for my LRF species list. Can you recommend any suitable lures?
STEVE WILLIAMS, PORTSMOUTH, HANTS
AK & DS say: Assuming you know where there are gurnards present, catching them on a lure shouldn’t be too much of a problem. We have always found them to be aggressive fish.
The tub gurnard is our most common species on the South Coast and we tend to pick them up over sand on worm imitations, but I feel they’re actively feeding on fish fry a lot of the time. Consequently, metals work well. Try to keep the jig working the bottom metre of water and make many short pauses on the bottom.
I would prefer assist hooks rather than a treble. A 2-3in paddletail skipped along the sand on a jighead should work well too. Movement is key with this species.