Pa (trolling lure)

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This item is an image. It was created by an unknown creator on or around the date 1800.

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Pohau mangā are trolling hooks designed specifically to target mangā (barracouta). Barracouta are large (about one metre in length), predatory fish with long, needle-like teeth and a fierce reputation. Pohau mangā are composite hooks, usually made using a straight wooden shank with a bone point. They were attached to a line and wooden wand, and cast among a barracouta shoal. The barracouta were instinctively driven to attack the hook, catching themselves in the process. An effective methodUsing this simple technique, Māori were able to catch barracouta in large numbers, even hundreds, in a single sesson. Pohau mangā have been found extensively throughout South Island sites, indicating that barracouta were an important food source for South Island Māori. An unusual hookThis particular pohau mangā is unusual in that it has a whale bone shank, grooved at the apex, which has been affixed with an elaborately carved barbed bone point. The point has a very small and beautifully carved manaia (bird-like figure) face at the base with tiny pāua (large New Zealand abalone with blue-green inner shell) inset eyes and a perforated mouth. The bone point has probably been added later and is more typical in form to those used to hook kahawai (fish: Arripis trutta).


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