Go nat­u­ral

New Zealand Fishing World - - (Game Fishing) -

Lures are great but there are times when go­ing nat­u­ral pays div­i­dends.

When it comes to mar­lin, es­pe­cially stripes and sail­fish, lures of­fer a ter­ri­ble hookup rate but skip­baits are deadly.

Smaller baits like salmon work well while up in Far North Queens­land, which is home to the big­gest mar­lin in the world, they use baits as big as 20kg! Skip­baits are usu­ally trolled at three to five knots with the reel just in gear.

When a fish bites it is al­lowed to swal­low the bait be­fore the an­gler strikes. The only hook to use is a cir­cle hook, which of­fers a bet­ter hookup rate and, most im­por­tantly, is bet­ter for the fish. Live­baits work for ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing. They are ver­sa­tile too so you can slow troll, which is deadly for mar­lin or drift them for tuna.

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