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Topic: Game Seminar Pics
Posted By: Kerren
Subject: Game Seminar Pics
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2002 at 10:27am
Thanks for your assistance, Jacko!..legend!

Matt Watson explains how he rigs livebait destined for a hungry marlin.

an attentive crowd of fishos. (I count 3 forum members in this shot...Cullum, Odin and Oblad)

The "how to" of leadering game fish..I was "lucky" enough to act the fish in this demonstration.

Different lure head shapes and their respective applications explained.

Matt explains the importance of reading bathymetric charts correctly..."find the bait, find the predator"

I am Kermit, Leader of Muppets Nov 05

Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2002 at 12:17pm

Hi Kerren

Are these seminars of any use to those of us who have never been gamefishing (but hope to) or do you really need to know a bit about it beforehand?

Thanks, Mike.

Posted By: Kerren
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2002 at 12:57pm
My short answer is "YES!" to your first question!...Right from the inception of this idea we have tried to formulate a seminar that caters for most levels of experience (very difficult task!). You can see from the images above that the demos are "hands on", so most can simulate in their own minds what happens when doing it for real!..not just trying to ram information down the throat of the attendants, but actually trying to stimulate one's own thinking process.

I am too close to this project, more than likely bias and probably not the best to answer your question!

It would be good to hear from the likes of Barrie, Cullum, Odin and Obald! if you guys don't mind, please give your honest appraisals of our seminar.

$150,000 on a boat, $1500 on a rod and reel, $150 on a lure and $15 to learn how to use them effectively? do the math!...

I will add my two cents later if that is OK!

I am Kermit, Leader of Muppets Nov 05

Posted By: trevally
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2002 at 5:18pm
Hi Mike
I was at the seminar, I would say it was well worth it. For $15 you cant go wrong.
You can learn heaps from those that have already made the mistakes and do it better now. A definite plus for you when you do get out gamefishing. I would recommend you get along next time.
Having 10 yrs of gamefishing under the belt meant alot was familiar but just being able to get another perspective was good. Learnt heaps too.

Posted By: jerm
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2002 at 5:42pm

I'm new to the fishing industry (not new to fishing!) and so was keen to find out more about game fishing. After 3 hours I was in information overload mode. I think someone has already mentioned that $15.00 is too cheap - it certainly was. When you throw in the expertise of Matt, his ability to talk in laymens terms, the Auckland Marine set up and backup from sponsors - if you doubled the price, you'd probably be half way closer to the mark.

Talking with Pat a few days later and he emphasised to me that Matt's way is simply one of many. Prime time did catch the most marlin last season - remember that they probably fish more than the other charters in the areas they like to target.

I'd encourage anyone who'd one day like to catch a marlin, even if you're keen on chartering another game boat, to fork out.....



Posted By: obald
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2002 at 5:45pm

I was happy to give my initial impressions of the seminar a couple of weeks ago and am happy to do so again. Smudge - if you are new to gamefishing this will be the best $15 you will spend this season. I would go as far as to say go twice and don't buy that extra box of #32 rubber bands! Mr 'Spanners' really knows his onions (track record says that and listening to him it is very obvious that he wasn't downstairs having 40 winks when Primtime was catching all those fish) and, as importantly for this kind of do, can put his well thought out ideas across in an understandable way. I picked up several new ideas during the evening and also had reassurance that some of the things I thought I was doing OK really were OK. I went having a few question marks about some fairly esoteric matters running through my head and I came away with the mist having cleared somewhat.

As Kerren pointed out it is impossoble to 'please all the people all the time' in regard to catering to all levels of experience but I reckon the evening came pretty close. There is almost too much for the neophyte to absorb in one session ( it does cover most of the really basic stuff) yet there was plenty for those who have done a bit to pick up. If you are in 2 minds, just go - for $15 what can you lose - you even get a sausage and a beer!


Posted By: Jack Sprat
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2002 at 6:30pm

No worries for the pics Kezza!

Well as a novice fisherman, I have to say that I leant heaps!!! In fact I still am, but that is because I have been editing the video footage from the event. In fact I would have to say that it is a real privelage to be working on this footage. Spanners is unbelievabley knowledgable, and I for one was in total information overload at the end of the evening!. Being able to look at the footage again and again has been a real bonus. I'm getting schooled up really fast. Well done to all involved! Put me down for the next one!!


Posted By: Barrie
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2002 at 7:00pm
I went to the first one and was one of the first to book in on the second. (Kerren...can you reserve me a couple of tickets to the third please) I thought I had some basic knowledge but the more I learnt, the more I new nothing (just like computers eh) I will go to as many as they put on and every time I will pick up a bit more. Smudge...talking to Pat afterwards was great as well and he is helping with things that Matt just dosnt have time to show you so meeting Pat at Auck Marine was great as well. I can honestly recomend it to you. In all honesty, yourd be a mug to miss it.
See u there

Posted By: Chuggers
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2002 at 7:10pm


I see Spanners hasn't done anything about that head of his!!!!  Don't they sell BalaKlavas in NZ???

I would also like to add weight to the recomendation of Spanners and his methods.  The man is a half witted south island mechanic by trade but certainly has some great ideas on fishing.....A nicer bloke you will never find and he absolutley lives and breaths what he does.

Without a doubt Primetime is currently the best Sword boat in the world as well as being right up there on Spangled Line tanglers and the other game they chase.  Regardless of the hours spent on the water if the boat is producing it is because there methods are on the mark.  Spanners can stand tall, he in no small was is a major contributing factor to the the success of this boat.  

Keep Watching...The legend will grow, like Billson, Wright, Hamlin, Miller and Hayes all these guys started in the pit and became some of the best and most inovative skippers in the world.

Opportunities to tap into this kind of information is not cheap, $15.00.......I am coming across the ditch for the next one!!!!!



Posted By: sweet tooth#3
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2002 at 8:40pm

um kerren i was wondering r u filming this seminar, i would love to make it but  cannot, if u had a video of it i would defintly buy it, dont know if this is to much hassle,


Posted By: sweet tooth#3
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2002 at 8:47pm

um jacko u got a spare copy


Posted By: Jack Sprat
Date Posted: 17 Oct 2002 at 6:09am

G'day Big Snapper, (Tamure nui).

Love to oblige you but it is not actually mine to give away.

I'm not sure what Matt and Spanners are planning to do with the video, but I'm going to shoot the next one for them as well. Maybe I'll cut together a best of the 2 and the guys will make it available to the people that came to the seminars at a reduced price and a bit more expensive to those that don't mangage to get to see him live, Kezza?? It has to go on a 4 hour tape as Matt talked for 3 and a half fact he kept talking fishing and demonstrating long after I left. This time I might get some of his other demos down on tape and cut those in as well.

It would also need to be professionally duplicated as it is too hard on my gear to start running off multipul copies.

I must say though that there is way too much information presented for a novice like me to absorb in one sitting. So yeah, video is an ideal way to take it all in over several days.


Posted By: Kerren
Date Posted: 17 Oct 2002 at 7:13am
wow...thanks fellas, I am gob smacked by the above feedback! certainly makes all the effort well worth it!

re: the video...good things come to those that wait?....details will be passed on as they come to hand!

I would just like to say that if anyone has any video/media production requirements then check out Jacko's work...easy going dude with a proffesional can do attitude!...Matt and I couldn't be anymore impressed...second to none!">Digital Heritage

I am Kermit, Leader of Muppets Nov 05

Posted By: sweet tooth#3
Date Posted: 17 Oct 2002 at 9:24pm

ya sounds really good jacko and kerren all i have to say is, ill be waiting patiently for more info on that video, id be willing to pay more than a fair price as im sure others would to.



Posted By: matt watson
Date Posted: 24 Oct 2002 at 10:19am

Hey Guys,
                   Thanks for all the good feedback, I've got to say it was quite hard getting up in front of 100 people and talking for 3 1/2 hours. Talking about fishing with fishermen normally comes naturally to me but I would usually have a few beers under my belt and it would just be a couple of mates.

It was quite hard for me to judge what sort of info most guys wanted, I didn't want to get too techo nor did I want to teach you all to suck eggs. Since the feed back I think we were pretty close to getting it right. If there is any thing any one would like me to cover in the next seminar let me know and I'll do my best to cover it. I'm more than happy to share my 'knowledge' ,or at least what I think I know, because if more guys are catching marlin (and releasing them I hope) it is good for the game fishing industry. I f you are thinking about comming along but you haven't done any gamefishing remember there is no such thing as a stupid question.

So I'll see ya's there, 2nd of November. And thanks again


Posted By: obald
Date Posted: 24 Oct 2002 at 10:51am

Hi Matt,

I got a lot from the last session. I would like to hear more of your thoughts as to 'what lures when'. In this I mean not just 'match the hatch' but how you would chose individual lures to make up a pattern, cup faces vs kona heads vs plungers etc., when to change sizes, lures for heavy weather as opposed to calm conditions - all that sort of stuff. I agree that you got the mix about right last time and the above is just one blokes ideas of what he would like to have a discussion on in addition to what was covered last time.



Posted By: Bushpig
Date Posted: 25 Oct 2002 at 11:19am

Matt, Looking forward to the 2nd



Put me down for a copy of the video if you are going to produce them. I missed out of the day (to slow getting a ticket) so would lovve to get a copy




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