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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.



After you see the rod dip a few times just knock the motor out of gear and pick up the rod, gently wind up the line keeping constant pressure on the fish to keep the hook in place. When you get to the Makka Paravane just grab the line behind it and sit the rod down or back into the holder. This is where practice comes in, you’ll need to hand line the fish in from the side of the boat and not over the transom. You will be leading it a bit like a dog on a leash, then as you see it next to the boat and before it has a chance to run, lift it out of the water and swing it into the boat in one fluid motion. This will take practice and you can only do it with schoolies or small greys. When you hook a large grey, (proper name is Broad Bared Spanish Mackerel), they don’t run as hard as a Spanish or even a large schoolie. You can gently hand line them up to the side of the boat and gaff them quite easily. Remember that Greys have softer mouths so be careful lifting them into the boat without a gaff.


Hooking a Spanish Mackerel is quite a different affair, You will know when you have hooked one because the line will scream off your reel. When this happens just stop the boat and if there are no other boats around or pylons you can let it have a run and even let the drag off a little. This won’t be the last run, but you must keep the line under tension to keep the hook in place. At times the fish may even swim towards you, so keep tension on the line. After the initial run you can start gaining some line, the fish may have several more runs yet, but generally only one or two more. You need to tire it out before you get it near the boat because when it sees the boat it will take off just like the first run. It is recommended to place the rod in a holder and taking it for a drive if you think it is a big fish; this takes all the fight out of them. Now you can retrieve some line, the work starts after you get to the Makka Paravane, because the fish still hasn’t seen the boat and you have the line in your hands. Now you just have to hang on and try to get it close enough to the boat so you can get a shot at it with the gaff. Be careful when the fish swims under the boat and you have the line in your hands, using gloves is highly recommended.


If you can find bait you will find mackerel, also remember when you are trolling, try to travel from north to south and back as this will expose more of your lure to the sun as possible. If you travel east to west the sun can only shine on the front and it won’t flash as much.

Now go on, go catch ‘em with your Makka!

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