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MakkasetupTo set up your new hand-crafted stainless-steel Makka Paravane just attach about 10 to 12m of 100lb mono trace to the base plate using a swivel. Then on the end of the trace tie your MAKKA Spoon using another swivel. The swivels will reduce the twist in your leader. You should also use a couple of metres of heavy leader from your braid to your Paravane. Then tie this leader onto the large brass ring on the Makka Paravane. This will help prevent the loss of your gear should you get too close to a snag. It is recommended you use 50lb braid as the main line with the leader attached using an Albright knot and a little super glue smeared over the knot. You can use a very heavy hand line, but it is difficult to hold onto for an extended time. You should use a 1600 to 2000 spinning or overhead reel on a short solid 15 to 24kg boat rod. If you want to use a hand line, a good idea is to tie it onto a bicycle tube which in turn is attached to the boat, this will act as a shock absorber should a fish strike.


To use your Makka Paravane, just throw the spoon out the back while you have the boat in gear and gently feed out the trace. When you come to the Paravane, gently drop it into the water taking care to keep it upright with the lead underneath and the brass ring at the middle bend in the stainless-steel bar. Feed out about another 15m of line and place your rod in a rod holder and tighten up the drag. This is easier than trying to hold onto the rod for a number of reasons, firstly it pulls quite hard and secondly because when the rod is in the holder it is easier to see the rod dip when a fish strikes.


You will have to tighten up the drag as you increase speed, or if using an overhead reel you can set the drag at 18lbs. When you have the required speed the drag should be just enough to stop line coming off the reel, but loose enough so a Spanish can take line should one hit. A Makka Paravane pulls quite hard and you will get very tired arms if you try to hold the rod in your hands. A Makka Paravane does shake a little but this just means that it’s working properly. This particular Makka Paravane is set to about 8m in depth so if you go into shallower water it may hit the bottom, in this case you can either shorten the line out to about 9m. Remember that the deeper you run your lure the more fish you’ll catch. And the big fish are down deep.

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