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How to smash your PB kingfish on stick baits
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How to smash your PB kingfish on stick baits

It was chaos! the pack of Kingfish erupted on the surface splaying froth and panicking baitfish in every direction. Words can’t even describe the sight as I grabbed my topwater gear and belted a quick cast into the riot. Fish were flying all over the surface and after a couple of winds ‘booom’! As line peeled off the wailing Stella all I could do was watch and hang on. With 15kgs of drag locked on it was one of those moments where the sheer excitement was overriding the pain of every muscle screaming to hold fast. After a tough, twenty-minute tug-o-war the fish finally turned, and I was able to coax him up. Kingfish are brutal on any gear, but on the longer topwater rods they have a leverage advantage and as an angler, you get to feel every bit of the fight even more than on normal jigging gear. When the fish appeared it was as much a relief as anything, and I knew this was around a 30kg PB straight away. Such a magnificent fish deserved to go back to get even bigger, so after a few snaps he was back over the side leaving me with that exhausted and elated feeling. Did that really happen?
Make your own jig assist hook rigs
Gear

Make your own jig assist hook rigs

Assist rigs and your choice of hook can often make a big difference when you do connect with a decent fish. Here's Tony Orton showing us how to make your own rigs allowing a tailored hook size and assist length.
Auckland Rocks - 17 shore fishing spots
Land-based

Auckland Rocks - 17 shore fishing spots

Rock fishing newbie Paul Walker charts a treasure trove of nooks and crannies heading up the East Coast from Auckland
Fishing | Time | Moon | Tide | Current | Weather
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Fishing | Time | Moon | Tide | Current | Weather

Here's a great look at all the key factors before planning a fishing trip courtesy of ol mate Briggsy from Aus. In this educational fishing series we look at time of day, tide, moon phase, current, and weather.

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Tungsten Micro jigs – Why you need them

One of the most underrated, and under-utilised lures available to fishermen really does come in a small package. Although the old saying ‘big bait – big fish’ will often hold true, it was a long time ago, from well-respected fishing legend Rick Pollock, that I heard the opposing argument ‘elephants eat peanuts’.
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The INNOVISION 656 Explorer

The Innovision 656 Explorer is an alloy boat with some really unique selling points, particularly in its bow design. A boutique boat, manufactured to order, the Innovision 656 sits in the mid to upper range. Check out Innovision owner Simon Minoprio, and one of his 656 customers, talking about the 656 and the Innovision difference.
2020 Shimano Stella SW
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2020 Shimano Stella SW

World renown as one of the ultimate big-banger spin reels, the Shimano Stella is the apex equipment for tackling monster fish at the big end of the range. Check out the stunning video, filmed in the North Atlantic, of the brand new Stella SW in action against some gigantic tuna.
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