Where to catch redclaw at Boynedale on Awonga Dam

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 20:45
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Hi

I'm planning a maiden trip to Boynedale Camping area on Awonga Dam. I will have a small boat and would be grateful for information on where to launch the boat and then where to try for redclaw. At Waruma Dam, I usually place my pots in about 2 - 5 m of water around structures in the water. Any advise from experienced Awonga Dam redclawers would be appreciated.

Thanks Kc
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Reply By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 08:35

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 08:35
There are two boat ramps, one just outside the free camp area and one inside. Best place to put the pots is 'In the water' :-) seriously anywhere away from the front of the camp area. We did well with some large specimens on the opposite side - up the little creeks.

John
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Follow Up By: kcandco - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 10:44

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 10:44
Thanks John

Thanks for your help.

I google mapped the camping area but I think it is a while since the images were taken as there is hardly any water in front of the camping area in the satellite image, only a narrow waterway. Do people leave their boats in the water in front of the camping area or take them out at night?

Cheers Kevin
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Reply By: Mazzy1 - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 18:09

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 18:09
hi
I was at awonga dam a few days ago and only managed a few small red law as the water is to cold the best place is up in newzealnd Bay Area as it is a bit warmer up in the shallows
Regards mazzy1
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Follow Up By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 18:18

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 18:18
Plenty of water when we were there, many boats left in the water at night without problems. Now when were we there??? last year or the year before?. Mmmm have to remember where I stored my diaries. Its a Senior's thing!

John
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Reply By: Ashez H - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 20:45

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 20:45
Hi Kc,
I had a crack at the redclaw last summer. It's definitely better going around the boynedale area rather than other parts of the dam (as in some rather than none). Don't expect too much though, the numbers and size just aren't there. Most success was in around 5ft of water. I would suggest Fairbain dam at Emerald. I have heard that the dam at Bilo goes well for the claw.
On the up side, Boynedale is a top spot to camp. Have fun.
Ash
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