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catching blue cod on soft plastics | Category: Fishing Talk

Mark Totzke 9 months ago

Caught my very first two blue cods this year with my favourite gulp lime tiger soft plastics.
Really good fun on super light soft baiting tackle. They don't fight as hard as a snapper but still not bad, especially from my paddle board

The minimum legal size limit is 33 cm and you're only allowed to take two per day.
The smaller one was just a bit over 34 cm and the bigger one 40 cm

I never thought that they hang around in pretty shallow water over a sandy bottom but it seem there were heaps around.
Also caught and released a few undersized ones and had a lot of strikes where I couldn't set the hook.
We're currently staying at Golden Bay on the top of the South Island, NZ
Much better fishing here than I expected.

a snapper a day keeps the doctor away
itsaboat 9 months ago

Another NZ fush I have never heard of...Looks like they would be very tasty with a big plate of chups

They look a bit like a gurnard but with much smaller fins.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
dazzling79 9 months ago

Sorry, guys~! It tastes bloody good! And it is also the most expansive fish in any fush and chups shops in NZ.

Mark Totzke 9 months ago

yeah lot's of nice fush in NZ

Blue cod is one of the most expensive and tastiest species.
They like cold water and you normally only catch them on the South Island or bottom end of the North Island.

You are right, they look a bit like a gurnard. But they don't have any wings, little legs and not such a flat head.
Really good flakey white meat. Tasty little buggers.
Hope I'll be able to catch a few more soon.

a snapper a day keeps the doctor away
tuppo2491 9 months ago

I reckon thet would be true, better with good cheps