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Milford Madness! - Bluenose and Blue Sharks

June 19, 2020
Milford Madness! - Bluenose and Blue Sharks

Check out some amazing Milford Sound scenery with the crew from Limitless Fishing NZ.

Good fish and great scenery. Milford Sounds

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