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Power Jig Diamond Eye

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eep water workout. ‘Puka season is upon us, time to soak heavy tackle fishing in 80m-plus deep water. There is no glamour in fishing for the deep crew — hapuka, bluenose, and bass — it's just plain hard work. Today it’s easier if you can hear the buzz of electric-powered reels winding in the empty or full rigs. Cheating, you say? For the purists, yes. But after six hours and 12 drops to 300m, it makes a lot of sense. The better electric reels cost abut $1200, plus a rod $200-$600, and about $400 for braid so its not a budget option, more a luxury self sustaining treat. The days of ‘puka fishing with mono are over. In the 90s, monstrous 9/0 Daiwa Sealines were the reel of choice for the deep, often bolted to a fibreglass 24-37kg stand-up game rod. We used to sell about 30 to 40 a year in Whakatane. Now my sales target has been reached: two in seven years! There must be hundreds, languishing in garages somewhere. Now if you have a size 40 reel, with a capacity of 400-500m of 80lb braid, and enough drag, you’re in business. Also, a sturdy jigging outfit will excel at depth. The terminal rig is a heavy dropper rig, 24-42oz sinker,150lb leader, and two 14-16/0 Mustad circle hooks. Squid is the bait of choice but mullet and other "stay on the hook" baits will do. If you choose to use a lure, the killer Diamond Eye lure in 500g or 750g size often out fishes bait. Diamond Eyes need no bait, as they emit an "eat me" blue glow. White Island, Mayor, beyond Great Barrier and many distant, but accessible for a day trip spots are the places to go as the fish are shallower at the moment so it's less of a chore.