" On-board "PURSUIT” we've had the privilege of using a number of Rusler quality fishing products over the last four years to good effect. While there's a wide range of locally manufactured items to choose from, we have selected just a few that specifically suited our purposes.
The small Rusler hand gaff has found particular favour with my crewmen while lifting large kingfish over the rail that are destined for tag and release-after a healthy photo session that is! Endeavouring to lift 25-40 kilo kingis without the aid of these robust little stainless hooks would be far more difficult to achieve that's for sure!
Gaining almost as much acclaim has been the Rusler Ike spike, this time for fish destined to the fishold. Initially we obtained the standard spike designed for mainly snapper. These are great little spikes which are ergonomically designed to fit in the palm of your hand very nicely but for our purposes simply not long enough. Getting into kingis brainboxes is not that easy and requires extra penetration to be effective, hence Russell designed and built us a purpose spike that does the job quickly and effortlessly-just what you want to ensure a quality product with maximum shelflife.
Another item we often use (when we're having a good day!) is a sling for weighing fish prior to release. In the past we often had anglers who were keen to release their trophies but demanded a weight. This was nigh on impossible without killing the fish but now easily achieved. By simply placing our deck hose light in the fishes mouth we can comfortably keep them alive and healthy, suitable for release, for many minutes. In this way we have saved many fishes lives which heretofore would have been destined for the smoker. We LOVE our sling!
Another valuable piece of equipment which seasonally gets huge use on board Pursuit is on of Russell's many nets. We employ his long handled small mesh net when catching koheru for the livebait tank. The ultra-soft mesh means the baits are handled well after capture, ensuring their effectiveness later on. Koheru have very soft mouths and if attempting to merely lift them onboard more than half will either be lost or damaged on the deck after a hard landing! This also has been known to escort the occasional large snapper onboard as well!
There are so many other Rusler products in the scabbard which we haven't used yet but plan to in the future. One thing I particularly like is the fact that these products are not only hand made in New Zealand but the componentry is sourced here as well-something you don't see much of in this day. While they may cost a little more to purchase, they last infinity longer-like they say"nobody ever regrets purchasing quality" and this is exactly what Rusler products are.
I can't recommend them highly enough!