John Dory Hunting

One of the best eating fish in the Ocean the Johnny D is a sought after species to catch!

With its huge convoluted mouth for sucking back small fish and slick streamlined flat body sporting a large black spot in the middle, the JD is a welcome addition to anyone’s catch bag.

Autumn and early winter is a great time to catch JDs in prime condition.

Use small live baits such as baby kahawai and mackerel on a ledger style rig.

JDs will also take slow pitch jigs and sliders as well as soft baits.

They like to hang around structures and hide while they wait for their prey to swim past.

Target rocky and weedy bottoms from a boat.

Land fishing , try wharfs and piers. They like to hang around the pylons.

Use burley to attract the bait fish. This will bring the Johnnys around.

Be persistent and patient and you will be rewarded.

Tightlines!

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