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  • FIVE SALTY ESSENTIALS WITH: MARK COLLINS - BOATBUILDER & JAF ANGLER

     

    If you tested Mark Collins blood, it would be as salty as it comes. From a young age, he has loved fishing, the ocean and spent countless days perfecting the art of being a Wharf Rat and helping his family build boats.
     
    From there he spent more time at sea and worked as a deckhand on Pursuit for three seasons while getting his Skipper's ticket. He then moved into commercial skippering before moving to the Eastern Bay Of Plenty to start a family and his new business MC Boatworks.
    We are super proud to have Mark as a part of the J.A.F family, he was the first Angler we sponsored, and we always enjoy being a part of his salty endeavours.
     
    So here is Mark Collins Five Salty essentials he can't live without these days.

    JAF ANGLER TECH DRY BAG
    I’ve had my bag for about 3 years now and it comes with me on pretty much any fishing occasion. We gave them a really good test in Aitutaki back in 2017 and on one occasion its buoyancy pretty much saved me from drowning when I fell off the coral into a channel. It’s lightweight, can hold a lot of gear, comfortable to have on your back for a whole day and is totally waterproof with just a few folds at the top and clip it up. 
    JAF HARBOURAGE JACKET 
    My boat doesn’t have a hardtop or any clears and I hate being cold... So when I’m punching out in winter with a bit of southerly this jacket will be on my carcass. It’s comfy as, looks steezy and keeps me warm, dry and happy - and we all know a happy boat catches fish. 

    DAIWA CERTATE 2500

    I’m not much of a brand snob when it comes to reels, but this little one has definitely stood out from anything else when it comes to soft plastic fishing. For a small reel, it packs plenty of drag and its built tough as to survive the shit I put it through each trip. I’ve stopped so many fish that I should have lost to the reef on my Certate.

    BONZE LURES - THE HEAT WITH SNOW FREEZE SKIRT. 

    A small cup face lure that has caught me pretty much everything that eats lures in NZ waters, including a manta ray... It will run in any conditions in any position and in my eyes is as close to a saury imitation as you could get. Enough said. 

    Z-MAN 4’ PADDLE TAIL SOFT PLASTICS.

    Would be my go-to lure for snapper. You can catch so many fish on one bait before it’s destroyed and also require minimal effort to get their tails wagging. The banana and new penny would be my all-time favourite flavours stuck on a light bulb jig head

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