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Garfish fishing

Post by AzCoy7 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:45 pm

Hi all,

I'd like some suggestions and recommendations when fishing for Garfish. I've heard Pipis and Silverfish work well. How about Squid? Do you need a specifically-designed rig for Garfish? I know that a pencil float is needed, or at least any float that works like a pencil float. Fortunately, there isn't a size limit for Garfish, and I've heard they're sweet and delicate, although there might be some small bones. Going to Mornington Pier tomorrow. LIghtningx told me chicken and small pieces of pilchards can work. I've additionally heard that you need to put a very small amount of bait on the hook, and you'll need sinkers (well, you practically need sinkers for everything; you're going to cast).

Cheers,

AzCoy7



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Re: Garfish fishing

Post by Wolly Bugger » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:01 pm

Catching garfish is an art form.

What you need to do is to visit the piers and watch what others are doing.

If gars are being caught, there will be large fish scales on the pier, Mornington, Frankston, Seaford and Mordi.

Pre tied rigs can be bought from Anaconda, BCF or Tackleworld.

It is not always necessary to use a pencil float any small float can serve the purpose.

Small hooks like a size 10 Kirby
Split shot, add enough if using a float so that it sits upright in the water.

Baits can be:
silver fish
small pieces of squid
maggots or gents
small pieces of pilchard
Pudding, a mixture of flour and water, every one tends to have their own recipe.

The use of burley will help.
Finely mashed potato
The most important thing about burley is that it is very fine and breaks up easily when it hits the water and small amounts
there are commercial burley available,

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Re: Garfish fishing

Post by Gultch78 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:10 pm

Or youtube has lots of vids on ppb and westernport fishing

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Re: Garfish fishing

Post by repspec » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:17 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTlbNL09lzo

Watch and learn...
Its Ifish episode on garfishing from mornington pier...

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Re: Garfish fishing

Post by bowl » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:18 pm

Dough

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Re: Garfish fishing

Post by AzCoy7 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:51 pm

Ok, thank you all.



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Re: Garfish fishing

Post by dazz999 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:28 pm

wolly bugger has given you some great tip,s i love fishing for gar,s i learnt of the greek,s and just refined it a bit as wolly said go down and watch who,s catching a lot of gar,s if you dont invade there space they will give you some great tip,s just be polite as for bait i only use silverfish or maggots prefer silverfish but getting harder to obtain okay let,s get on to gear .i like a nice light rod i use 10.6 ft reel just a good 2500 and fluorocarbon leader good quality .waggler float split shotted correctly hook,s size 10# to 14# flyfishing long shank kamasan or gamakatsu . Float stopper.s so you can adjust the depth your fishing till you find where there feeding . Burley is the key not too much just enought to keep them interested youtube plenty of different mixes

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Re: Garfish fishing

Post by smile0784 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:33 pm

Wolly Bugger wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:01 pm
Catching garfish is an art form.

What you need to do is to visit the piers and watch what others are doing.

If gars are being caught, there will be large fish scales on the pier, Mornington, Frankston, Seaford and Mordi.

Pre tied rigs can be bought from Anaconda, BCF or Tackleworld.

It is not always necessary to use a pencil float any small float can serve the purpose.

Small hooks like a size 10 Kirby
Split shot, add enough if using a float so that it sits upright in the water.

Baits can be:
silver fish
small pieces of squid
maggots or gents
small pieces of pilchard
Pudding, a mixture of flour and water, every one tends to have their own recipe.

The use of burley will help.
Finely mashed potato
The most important thing about burley is that it is very fine and breaks up easily when it hits the water and small amounts
there are commercial burley available,

viewtopic.php?f=90&t=5228

Now if you use the search engine and look for topic on Garfish most of your questions will be answered.
Great info mate

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Re: Garfish fishing

Post by fishnut » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:38 pm

Have caught them using prawns and cheese also

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Re: Garfish fishing

Post by Longshankhooks » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:46 pm

AzCoy7 wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:45 pm
Hi all,

I'd like some suggestions and recommendations when fishing for Garfish. I've heard Pipis and Silverfish work well. How about Squid? Do you need a specifically-designed rig for Garfish? I know that a pencil float is needed, or at least any float that works like a pencil float. Fortunately, there isn't a size limit for Garfish, and I've heard they're sweet and delicate, although there might be some small bones. Going to Mornington Pier tomorrow. LIghtningx told me chicken and small pieces of pilchards can work. I've additionally heard that you need to put a very small amount of bait on the hook, and you'll need sinkers (well, you practically need sinkers for everything; you're going to cast).

Cheers,

AzCoy7
My tip of rig is to use unweighted hooks with light line. Burley is must. The bait will drift and gar will get it.



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