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Choose between two types of Hookpod

Hookpod LED
Hookpod LED
  • Built in LED fishing light
  • No need for lightsticks
Hookpod Mini
Hookpod Mini
  • Smaller and lighter
  • Without LED

Benefits for Fishers

Hookpod has been demonstrated to be the most effective method of preventing seabird bycatch in pelagic longline fishing. No seabirds means more fish. Here are some other benefits:

Commercial Benefits
  • Hookpod provides environmental credentials, which are increasingly important for securing access to fishery markets.
  • Increasing legislation globally puts emphasis on sustainable business practices, meaning Hookpod use can lead to a premium product for sale.
  • Adoption of ‘best practice’ mitigation use such as Hookpod can assist fisheries in achieving certification. Tuna purchasers are increasingly looking to prove products are sustainably sourced with minimum environmental impact.
Safer than Alternatives
  • Hookpods have a lower risk of injury from flyback incidents compared to traditional lead Swivels.
Economic
  • Hookpod LED saves money compared to using light sticks.
  • Hookpod has the potential to reduce bait loss during line setting, thereby increasing available bait for the target catch.
Operational Ease
  • No negative impact on target catch rates.
  • Reliable, durable and re-usable with a replacement rate of around 0.5% for the Hookpod Mini.
  • Operationally efficient and quick to use.
Reduces Plastic Waste
  • Hookpod LED contains a light, removing the need for single use, plastic, chemical lightsticks.
  • We are working towards making the entire Hookpod and components recyclable, meaning users can return them and receive a discount on replacement units.
How Hookpod Works

There are two Hookpod models.

The Hookpod Mini is a smaller, more compact version which has the sole purpose of preventing seabird bycatch. It is primarily designed for fisheries where longline fishing lights are not used.

The Hookpod LED is larger and heavier and contains a built in LED fishing light, removing the need for chemical light sticks.

We designed the Hookpod with fishers and for fishers, to be easy-to-use and to minimise any operational impact. There are four simple steps to setting and using Hookpods, the diagram and video below explain how this works.

Contact us if you have any questions. We’re here to help!

There are four simple steps to setting and using Hookpods, the diagram, instruction sheet and video below explain how this works.

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Hookpod Stoarge
Hookpod Storage

When hauling, simply flick the Hookpod to ensure that water droplets are removed from the pressure chamber. The pods can then be closed and stored; either hung from the hook in the swivel, which works best if pods are less than 1 metre from the hook, or simply fleeted in the bin along with the branch lines.

We recommend spraying Hookpods with fresh water as often as feasible as this prevents the build-up of crystals, thus increasing reliability and prolonging the Hookpod’s life.

Technical Specifications

Both models of Hookpod, the Mini and the LED, have been developed in collaboration with the fishing industry over many years.

Hookpod Mini
Hookpod Mini
  • Weighs 49g to rapidly sink below the diving depth of albatrosses and most petrels.
  • Manufactured in strong polycarbonate with marine grade stainless steel springs.
  • Operationally effective to a depth of 1000 metres.
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 97mm x 29.5mm x 25.8mm
  • Weight out of water: 49g
  • Weight in water: 20g
  • Depth rating: 1000m
  • Opening depth: 20m
Hookpod LED
Hookpod LED
  • The Hookpod LED contains a 3mm green LED fishing light which illuminates automatically on opening.
  • Dual function of eliminating seabird bycatch whilst providing a reliable, reusable and economic fishing light.
  • LED removes the need for chemical light sticks.
  • Unlike light sticks, Hookpod LEDs remain fully illuminated for the duration of the soak.
  • Powered by 2 AG13 LR batteries, the Hookpod LED emits a brilliant light of 0.08 lumens. This works to attract small fish and cause movement around the hook, which in turn pulls in the larger, predatory target species.
  • When the batteries require replacing, they can be easily changed by unscrewing the battery chamber.
  • The light turns on when the pod opens at 20m and switches off when the device is hauled and closed shut
  • Weighs 69g to rapidly sink below the diving depth of albatrosses and most petrels.
  • Manufactured in strong polycarbonate with marine grade stainless steel springs.
  • Operationally effective to a depth of 1000 metres.
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 31mm x 28mm
  • Weight out of water: 69g
  • Weight in water: 24g
  • Depth rating: 1000m
  • Battery life: 500 hours
  • Light output: 0.08 lumens
  • Light colour: Green
  • Opening depth: 20m