Tub Gurnard

Tub Gurnard

With the Gurnard family we have three types in the U.K and they are the Grey gurnard, yellow gurnard and the red gurnard with the grey being the most common the yellow is the largest generally and the red is middle sized.
Tub gurnards are another good fish for the table and are easily recognised they have an elongated body that tapers towards the tail, the head is all bony and one plate, the top of the fish has two dorsal fins and the first and largest fin is spiked so be careful.
The pectoral fins are quite large on all species of gurnard and some have lovely colours and hues of reds on the red gurnard, blues and greens on the grey gurnard and golden coppery colours on the yellow gurnard.

Rigs:
2 hook flapper rig: 60lb main rig body & 20lb+ hook length 2-3ft in length with a size 2-1/0 hook Aberdeen style.
Running ledger: 60lb main rig body & 20lb+ 2-3ft length with a size 2-1/0 hook Aberdeen style.
Pulley rig: 60lb main rig body & 60lb hook length of 3ft with a size 2-1/0 hook Aberdeen style. (Rough ground or broken ground)

Baits:
Mackerel: Strips of small chunks of fish whipped to the hook shank.
Sand eel: Snip off the head by the gill plates and the tail then thread onto the hook.
Shrimps: Hook through the 3rd section of the tail.

Grounds:
Although gurnards are normally found on sandy and muddy sea beds which they prefer they are sometimes found on reefs and broken ground if they border the sandy or mud sea beds.
You want to keep your baits as close to the bottom as possible.