03/06/2007 at 11:41 am #6463
Hi just wondering whats the best way to catch these , im trying to source a small trap net for these tiny buggers. My parents tell me of how they use to catch them as kids on the coast and use to boil them up.Would a bait catcher do or do you need to use the hard whitebait material type stuff and make up some sort of pot. Regards Dave:)04/06/2007 at 7:58 pm #8176
I know this doesn’t answer your question but it reminds me of something that happened in my distant past.
At the time05/06/2007 at 9:16 pm #8182
i do recall a few years back also in alexandra in a few of the28/08/2007 at 4:28 pm #8507
these are elusive these day’s. We used to get them by the bucket load down in the taeri plains years back,pollution/farming runoff has devastated alot of their habitat’s and now only a few area’s contain the specie’s in any number.
ive struck them in small number’s in the nelson back wood’s,size’s are small though and just lifting rock’s in the creek’s worked for us,although catchin them as they scuttle away is alway’s a laugh,a small hand net in hindsight would have been a good idea.
Also used to bob fresh meat on string into rock pools,they latch on and you yank em up guickly.28/08/2007 at 9:22 pm #8519
Look for a river without any trout in the headwaters. They should be fairly common. I know of a local river which has thousands of the little fellows living in it.08/09/2007 at 5:03 pm #8768
i actuAlly got one 2day caught in half a bottle i snagged while fishing in the kaiapoi aaron got some pics may post later20/04/2008 at 10:06 am #10578daveParticipant
look what i found in a trout this weekend, i cant believe the fish was still hungry after eating it.21/04/2008 at 3:37 am #10579MiliwolfParticipant
I caught a trout which had a 20cm long small native fish in its stomach.16/09/2008 at 11:30 pm #10988fishsnatcherParticipant
In any streams/rivers with no trout in them you can often spot yabbies/fresh water crayfish all i used to do was get a stick that was Y-shaped and lightly hold them down then pick ’em up.
But you can usualy get yabby nets at any fishing store though not at your local k-mart16/09/2008 at 11:33 pm #10989fishsnatcherParticipant
yabby nets are just a wire frame box with netting covering it and to funnels at each end of the box with bait inside.13/12/2010 at 5:31 am #16551
I realise this is an old post but its some thing I actually can offer advice on and its a cheap and easy method, when i was a kid (and not so little kid )all we used to use in creeks and stream was a old brown cloth sack (what potatos used to come in) use number 8 wire and thread it thru the opening to make a hoop. use bailing twine or similer and tie a couple of dog tucker chops in the bottom, add a couple of stones for weight and tie a rope/wire to the hoop so it doesnt get washed away, chuck it in a slower moving part of the creek stream and leave for a couple of days. The crawlies seem to stay in or around the bag, so when you check it if the water is shallow be prepared for the odd one to be under or on the sack. Also be aware that eels also end up hiding in the bag
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