Monday, September 17, 2007

Tagging Giants Down Under - #2 - On the Grounds at Last!

TAG scientist George Shillinger is back from his incredibly successful tagging expedition in New Zealand and is ready to share his adventures. Below is the second entry in his seven-part series.

Sixty miles from Greymouth and two false alarms later, we were chasing hoki trawlers off Westport (photo above). Our sleepless and hard-working crew was ready with the bait --- large specimens of thawing hoki attached dangling from jumbo circle hooks (photo above).

Captain Larry was adamant about the importance of fishing with the best possible gear and terminal tackle. We were armed with Shimano Tiagra 130A reels, rigged with 130 lb line and 650 lb leader, on Shimano Tiagra bent butt rods.

The crew, Adrian Stokes (First Mate and wireman) and Josh Worthington (deckhand) worked intensively to insure that all leaders and knots were tied properly and that terminal tackle was in the best possible condition before the gear entered the water.

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