Choosing Your Main GT Fishing Gear
Ok, one thing KBE Team gets asked a lot about … what to choose, where to start also which gear to get! To be honest and fairly speaking, it’s a very valid question, and it buzzes allot of people. Then answer can either get Anglers to start GT Fishing somewhere or just give up on the idea of GT Fishing all together.
To give some thoughts on this, we will need to split this issue into two parts; basic and advance. Though, let us agree that Anglers who ask these questions are predominantly either wanting to start a new hobby, or they’re turning from Freshwater Fishermen, and seeking new adventures, and/or moved somewhere where Saltwater Fishing is easily accessible.
So, here we go … one thing we’re 100% sure about GT Fishing is it that it cannot be a cheap hobby. Unfortunately, this is the reality, and we hope this doesn’t put Anglers off from starting somewhere. Yet as you read through the next few paragraphs, you will know there’re ways to get around costs, and on the long run, it’s not that bad after all.
Where to start – let’s start it backwards; where are you planning on going fishing? Shore Popping or from a Boat? How frequent (how many trips a year/month)? Do you look after your gear and whether you’re a handy person that maintains gear yourself, or this is not the case?
- Trips frequency – ok on average, we found Anglers do from 2-3 overseas trips a year, which get us already into top-notch gear. Why would you invest that much in Stella/Saltiga etc. … well, the simple short answer to this is how much is each trip costing you, either directly (i.e. cost of flights, charter fees), or indirectly (time away from Family, days off work/business etc.). Please take that as a rule; GTs are gear daggers! I think we all agree that you don’t want your fishing tackle to fail on the first GT, or after 10 GTs if the bite is hot because the life span of the reel has reached an end.
- Fishing Tackle quality – if you haven’t been introduced to a Giant Trevally fight before, I always suggest to Anglers to watch some YouTube videos to try and get a feeling of how brutally strong those fins are. GTs are not only about their long fights or general power like Tuna, rather their instant stopping power and their willingness to go back under the bommie/reef. Predominantly if you don’t stop the GT within few meters of it taking a drag, you’ll lose him along with a nice shiny lure dressed up with some high-end terminal tackle. So hence quality and reliability are crucial, not only in your rod/reel/line/terminal tackle/knots but in the entire system combined.
- Maintenance – rinsing and cleaning your gear will for sure extend its life with you. Generally speaking, some Anglers have had their gear for more than a decade, smooth as new, and reliable as any new ones. Keep looking after your gear, freshen them up after each day fishing, loosen your reel drag after rinsing etc., as those are your ticket to enjoying every trip. Again, your investment will pay off in the long run as you have more in the budget to book more trips.
- Where are you fishing, or likely to fish the most? Well the answer to that is it doesn’t matter; we always suggest to Anglers to choose the heaviest they can physically handle. Simply, no matter if you’re fishing for Big or Small GTs, GTs are GTs, and some rat ones can bust on a 200g/300mm lure, then reef you if you’re drag can’t keep up. As a rule of thumb, and based on probabilities, we tend to choose PE8 outfits, with up to 180g casting weight. This can be summarized in Shimano Reel size 18000 (Daiwa size 6500), and Popping/Stickbaiting Rod ranging from 7’6” (popping) to 8’0” (stickbaiting).
Enough said for the basics stuff on choosing your gear to start Saltwater Fishing. We think it’s clear now that you get what you pay for, and GT Fishing in general, get your gear durability to its limit. So, to summarize this in one sentence; it must be top-notch, high-end equipment that would stand some serious beating.
Thanks for reading and we hope this part has been informative enough and helps you choose your next outfit from your faithful tackle store.
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Until next one, tight lines …