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GURNARD, October 2018. A fish that I always wanted to catch ever since I saw one in Tesco on the fish counter... it took me over a year to figure the best way to catch them, I heard a lot about people catching them on metal jugs hopped along the sea bed over sand. I fished Brighton marina one day with my dad and I have him my spinning rod and reel and rigged it up with a 10g metal jig and told him to cast out and retrieve because he wanted to catch some mackerel, I then told him that if he hopped it along the bottom he could possibly catch one of these creatures... bang he was in, just a mackerel then he caught a few more mackerel then he moved next to me, he said oh I’ve got another one... this one feels different he said, I could see the line just kiting to the right with no head shakes. I said I think you’ve got a gurnard, he then pulled one up before I had ever caught one, happy for him but feeling sorry for myself I kept trying all day long to no avail. I returned the very next morning, the wall was empty and the sea was flat calm, I put on the lure my dad was using the devious day and on my first cast I felt the jig down, I then twitched it once and I felt a take, I set the hook and from watching my dad catch one, I knew I now had a gurnard in the line, I managed to get it in and this was the result, I can’t think of a more beautiful fish that I’ve ever caught and they’re still my favourite to this very day!