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Sn1 Ep4: Big Reds

This time, we're in the pristine Far North straylining for snapper and successfully working the berley trail.

It’s not an easy area to find a good launching spots and if you do, there are some pretty nasty bars to cross. Make sure to make sound decisions and wear lifejacket when dealing when bar-crossings.

The Far North is a place to be protected and that’s why you will see us releasing almost all the fish we hook. The local Iwi want to make sure this place is respected and stays pristine as possible, so respect their requests. If you do decide to visit the area, take your rubbish with you and release the fish you catch, just take enough for one feed.

With a fine day forecasted and low swell conditions, we crossed the bar and headed to the top coast. Along the way we found a solid work up of skipjack tuna, where we got into catching our bait. The best casting jigs for these guys is a small 25gram Grim Reaper. They are such an effective lure for all bait catching like mackerel, kahawai and trevally.

With the bait caught, we found a patch of foul, anchored up and pumped a solid berley and cube trail. This brought the fish on the feed, and we hooked into some beautiful snapper. Berley is such an effective tool for catching fish in these shallow waters. The wobbly pots are a simple but ever so effective tool for dispersing berley.


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