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    Posted: 07 Feb 2021 at 11:03am
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Some people swear by it and some people dont use it at all... How much do we think it helps?
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Heres an analogy...

You could bump into Bazza anywhere any time, just a random chance thing. 

Or you could create a hazard of any description ,and you can be certain he will happen along and bumble  into it.


Fish are no different, slightly less accident prone perhaps, but if you build it they will come.
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Originally posted by Titahi Titahi wrote:

Heres an analogy...

You could bump into Bazza anywhere any time, just a random chance thing. 

Or you could create a hazard of any description ,and you can be certain he will happen along and bumble  to it.


Fish are no different, slightly less accident prone perhaps, but if you build it they will come.
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Originally posted by _jackrw_ _jackrw_ wrote:

Some people swear by it and some people dont use it at all... How much do we think it helps?

None of the limited success I've had - at Tauranga, suburban Waitemata, and in Northland - has involved berley. But that's mainly because of the terrain: usually shallow flats/channel edges.

But if I was fishing off a classic Northland or Coromandel rock ledge, and based in one main area - not constantly moving around a long area of coastline - i reckon berley would be a significant advantage in getting baitfish/kahawai to hang around, and therefore targets for passing kingies to investigate.
Put it this way, I can't see where it would be any kind of disadvantage, other than the weight to carry the berley and dispenser/ropes etc in and the need to carry back stinky plastic rubbish etc.

Topwater off the rocks is a game of percentages: based on the frequency of passing kingies, which may only happen once every couple of hours, and putting a lure in front of them in those short windows. So unless kingies are passing by very regularly, increasing the odds in your favour with berley is worth it, I reckon.
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Problem with berley is if they start eating that they will probably ignore your lure.
There are spots where kings frequently visit even off the rocks so getting to know the when and where is more important in my opinion.
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Not too mention possibly bringing sharks in right now too.
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