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How to make groper rigs

September 29, 2020
How to make groper rigs

Check out the deluxe groper rigs full how-to video from Mark Cotton.

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Here is an absolute game changer technology advance from Yamaha that will hold your boat, single or twin outboards, over your fishing spot all by itself, letting you concentrate on the fishing. At does much more than that too, but take a look at the results we got on a great day out with Gene Denton 'Whitiangler' and the team from Yamaha.
Deepwater fishing for hapuku, bass and bluenose. Pete Lamb Special
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Big, fat fish that are awesome to eat! Deepwater species make up a staple target for fishermen all over New Zealand, particularly in the colder months when snapper and game fish take a winter break. The catch is often made up of fish that are large in size, where sometimes just one fish can fill the freezer and provide food for a month. It can be very rewarding, exciting, and certainly provides a solid work session if you are not using electric reels. It also means that these giants of the deep will be making a one-way trip, there is no returning fish that are pulled up from that depth, as they are ‘blown’ from the massive change in water pressure and usually float to the surface for the last 50 metres once you have them up that far. Here’s where sensible catch management is required for the respect of the fishery and the protection of your own spot X’s for next time. ‘Deep’ water, means anything over 100 metres, and commonly down to 350 metres or even more. This means specialist tackle and techniques are required. Pete Lamb operates long term Wellington store Pete Lamb Fishing, and has been operating charters that prospect the deep for many years. Here’s a really comprehensive article on deep water fishing with specific focus on some of the Wellington region areas, but all the other information is relevant to fishing these species all around the coastlines of New Zealand.
Milford Madness! - Bluenose and Blue Sharks
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