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Lake Brunner fishing with kids
Dec 23rd, 2014 at 4:14pm
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Hi All,
I'm looking for a little help as I'm a non-fishing Dad. We are heading to Moana for a few days in late January and my 11yr old boy and 9yr old girl are keen to try for a trout. The trouble is I have no 'flipping' idea with fishing Roll Eyes.

Any advice re tactics etc would be much appreciated. No info is too basic. We don't have a boat and the kids arn't madkeen fisher folk so we will be looking at shore based spots not too far from town as they won't keep at it more than an hour or so. Eels would be every bit as exciting as a trout as well

I want to encourage them with anything outdoorsy so we would be grateful for any pointers.
  
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Re: Lake Brunner fishing with kids
Reply #1 - Dec 24th, 2014 at 12:41pm
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Walk over swing bridge down to the beach,fish anywhere around there with black and gold tobys.
Best fishing is after dark,place is to busy during the day.
If your really keen catch  bullys and fish them at night with a metre trace under a bubble float with a size 10 hook.locals use this method for great results.
Gas station at brunner has a good little shop and will help you out
  

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Re: Lake Brunner fishing with kids
Reply #2 - Dec 24th, 2014 at 1:43pm
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Cheers Rock,
I know the bridge we used to cross it to the rope swing. The trick will be in keeping them focused on the fishing rather than trout scaring bombs off the swing. Grin
  
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Re: Lake Brunner fishing with kids
Reply #3 - Dec 24th, 2014 at 3:57pm
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P.M. sent Wink
  
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Re: Lake Brunner fishing with kids
Reply #4 - Dec 24th, 2014 at 9:41pm
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under the bridge in the weed with a torch.show them the fresh water crays.look for we L E D lights there eyes.kids love to see them .that of the bank .
  
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Reply #5 - Dec 24th, 2014 at 10:19pm
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Cheers for the PM MD

Day in lew -those crays sound interesting.
We had a holiday in Oz a couple of years back and had a ball catching yabbies. Maybe we'll give that a go at Brunner. We just tied meat to a line, left it in the water for 5 minutes and then gently lifted it to see if the crays had attached themselves to it. The kids loved it.
  
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Reply #6 - Dec 24th, 2014 at 10:21pm
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What the Rock said-extra fun for the kids catchin cockabullys too!
  

Up high the tahr grazed,the sun sank low,a river roared in the distance.We sat there,just the two of us,the mountain and I.
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Re: Lake Brunner fishing with kids
Reply #7 - Dec 24th, 2014 at 11:13pm
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Wow flashback.... hot summer days wiling away the hours as a kid catching cockabullies, crawlies and eels... Memories eh!
Oh to be a kid doing that again.... Its what memories are made of so good luck at Brunner Footsore.
  
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Reply #8 - Dec 26th, 2014 at 12:52pm
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Just got back from there last weekend 7 fish all up but we were trolling black and gold all the way
  

I SWEAR IT WAS THIS BIG.......YEAH RIGHT!!!
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Re: Lake Brunner fishing with kids
Reply #9 - Dec 26th, 2014 at 12:54pm
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Proof is in the pudding well smoker to be exact


Goodluck
  

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Re: Lake Brunner fishing with kids
Reply #10 - Jan 26th, 2015 at 8:11am
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Hi Guys,
We are just back from Lake Brunner and had a fantastic holiday but remain troutless. I wanted to thank you all for your advice, we will keep at it and I'll let you know when we finally bag one. I intend to keep taking the kids out locally.

We showed little dedication to the fine sport of fishing on our holiday as there were too many other things to do.

I had introduced the kids to snorkelling the previous week in Kaikoura and this is their new love. At the lake we spent hours swimming and snorkelling, chasing the trout and eels. The kids would dive in search for eels [not hard as they were plentiful] and see who could be first to touch it's tail. Thankfully the eels reacted by shooting away rather than biting! We also fed them by cracking open some shellfish and dropping them down to them.

I took my son, Theo, out fishing pre dawn on one cool morning. They were rising but didn't take our lures or bait. None the less it was a magic morning enjoyed by both father and son. I have always loved the early mornings with the changing light slowly revealling your surroundings. We had the Moreporks calls replaced by the Wekas and the dawn chorus featuring copious Tuis, while the Shags and Herons delt to the cockabullies out on the mist covered lake. While all you poor saps were getting up ready to go to work. Grin
  
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Re: Lake Brunner fishing with kids
Reply #11 - Jan 26th, 2015 at 10:51pm
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Its a sweet spot for sure,good times and best of luck in the future
  

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