What we have learned

New Zealand Fishing World - - (Techique) -


Ev­ery trip you do should pro­duce learn­ing of some kind, no mat­ter how small.

The trip was a great op­por­tu­nity to get three skilled field testers from two dif­fer­ent coun­tries to­gether on the same trip and go over their valu­able feed­back. Even though the king­fish we landed and re­leased weren’t mon­sters they all proved to be chal­leng­ing and very wor­thy op­po­nents. We also in­creased the chal­lenge by us­ing lighter line and gear. 1 Safety is para­mount. Never put your­self or oth­ers at risk when out on the wa­ter. 2 Take the time to re-do all your knots af­ter each day’s fish­ing or af­ter a hard fight­ing fish has been landed. Your con­nec­tion points are the weak­est links and need to be main­tained. 3 Be pre­pared to change your jig­ging style, jig shapes and jig meth­ods to get the best re­sults. 4 Be aware when re­leas­ing fish where a dou­ble as­sist hook has been used. 5 Have more than just one game plan should the con­di­tions dic­tate and don’t be re­luc­tant to call it a day in the name of safety.

6 Never travel in bad con­di­tions with rods and reels in hold­ers where they are ex­posed to a heavy salt­wa­ter drench­ing. The bounc­ing of rods in hold­ers will cause dam­age to bot­tom grips and reels must be stripped and cleaned to prop­erly re­move salt­wa­ter in­tru­sion and main­tain re­li­a­bil­ity.

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