With lines sizes up to 400lb and hooks up to 16/0 size, this is a real heavyweight bait fishing rig, equipped with two equal-sized Mustad 39965D circle hooks. Like the fish after which it is named, the Hapuka Rig hunts in deep offshore waters.
Circle hooks are favoured because they stay in the fish on the long haul to the top, even if the fish blows its bladder on the way up (with conventional hooks, the fish can literally float off the hook). The two circle hooks are mounted on dropper loops and enhanced by luminous vinyl tubing as an attractor. The 39965D circles are offset (kirbed).
The Mustad Hapuka rig is gaining popularity as more anglers hunt deepwater target species like hapuka, blue eye, trumpeter and gemfish. A bit closer to shore, it is also having success on mulloway around the reefs, it is a proven performer on big dhufish in WA.