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Koura/Fresh Water Crays
Jul 1st, 2018 at 4:30pm
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Hi Fellas
I live in South Canterbury and have been after Koura for a while now for both a feed and something to take the kids to do. I have dropped test pots in a few spots with no luck. I have also been up to Lake Georgina twice and caught one.  Cry I am happy to travel to North Otago or Mid Canterbury to have a crack so if anyone could help out I would really appreciate it Private message if you prefer. Also is there a time of year they are more active?
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Re: Koura/Fresh Water Crays
Reply #1 - Jul 2nd, 2018 at 8:36pm
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I have been curious about this too, spend quite a bit of time in Twizel during the summer lake fishing from the boat but always keen to try something different.
  
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Re: Koura/Fresh Water Crays
Reply #2 - Jul 5th, 2018 at 7:35pm
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Put it this way.  I have tried in a good couple of likely places and so far I have caught the same number as bushpig.
  

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Re: Koura/Fresh Water Crays
Reply #3 - Jul 6th, 2018 at 7:49am
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Bushpig wrote on Jul 1st, 2018 at 4:30pm:
I have also been up to Lake Georgina twice and caught one. 

Surprised you caught one in Georgina. Been a long time since I saw the dead body of one up there, as they got a hammering 10 years ago or more. It got so bad you were in danger of breaking an ankle as you waded the edge, as the persons gathering them used a method whereby they dug a hole in the lake bed and set buckets into them. They may come back but it will take a long time.

Central Otago is the place to go and try - the rougher the drive in, the more chance you have of catching them. Pick a spring through to summer morning - they don't like high temps.
  
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Re: Koura/Fresh Water Crays
Reply #4 - Jul 6th, 2018 at 9:51am
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I have heard many stories of where they used to be but cant seem find where they still are. I have been using offal as bait, can anyone tell me what is best to use?
  
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Re: Koura/Fresh Water Crays
Reply #5 - Jul 6th, 2018 at 8:54pm
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the more blood the better...if eels turn up you wont likely find koura as they will have been eaten..... slow water with heaps of cover.
  
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Re: Koura/Fresh Water Crays
Reply #6 - Jul 9th, 2018 at 2:26pm
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Regarding the temperature thing.  Can anyone tell me if I am wasting my time checking streams in the high country?  Because I live in Canterbury I have to drive to some mountains to find a stream that isn't mostly cow poos.  I am wondering if up in the mountains it's too cold for them?
  

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Re: Koura/Fresh Water Crays
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There are some spots in Southland and Otago that hold the largest  species at up to 10 inches from fork in the tail to the mouth parts.
3 of those is a feed and they're lovely.
Use a nice meaty bone on some wool or other rough yarn and wrap heaps of it round the bait as their spines, mandibles and claws get stuck in it and that's makes it easier to pull them in successfully.
  
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