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Big Baits, Big Hooks, Big Reels, Big Snapper – Black Jug Fishing Haggle

On Saturday I had the pleasure to meet up with John Lennan on the southern side of Great Barrier Island, where he was competing for the Black Jug Fishing Haggle. This biannual competition, or as the locals say comp, attracts local and mainland fishing enthusiasts and is usually hosted at Tipi and Bobs Waterfront Lodge in Tryphena.

There are four main fishing comps on the Island per year and, independent of individual general opinions about such competitions, they do attract mainlanders to the island, which affects our micro-economy positively, creates casual employment opportunities, promotes the Island and allows for a comfortable get-together and of course the chance to win the big prize, which shouldn’t be sneezed at either.

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