A list of Personal Recommendations for Giant Trevally Fishing Gear
Not meant to be the end all list. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Poppers and Stickbaits
A range of sizes is best. I am not as much concerned with
colours. If I was, I would say my favorites are Orange/White and
Pink/White Nemos, Black and Green. With that said, I have seen every
colour you can imagine work.
I would go not go larger than 150gr unless you are a Gorilla. Big ones
can be very difficult to work for long periods. The smallest I go is
As for brands, I will suggest two types: Rigged and Unrigged
I suggest both River2sea and Halco Roosta poppers. Both of these
are reasonably priced and come with hooks and splitrings installed that
will handle fairly large GTs. Another one I really like is the Yozuri
Surface Bull lures. Only problem with the Yozuri is the hooks and
splitrings will need to be upgraded.
Here is one if you can't figure out which colour to get!
The only ones I have a bit of experience with is the River2sea
Rover and Wideglide. Both seem to work pretty good and have reasonable
hooks and splitrings. Other rigged stickbaits that have worked well are
Orca, Starwalker and Yozuri Sashimi. But if memory serves me
correctly, they need hook and ring upgrades.
Unrigged Poppers & Stickbaits
Wow, where do I begin.... There are heaps of good lures out there,
so I will go with some of my favorites that are not priced up in the
Heru Lures, also carrying the names Nomad, Blackjack, El Toro,
maybe others. These may be available in your local tackle shop, but can
be very pricey. Try www.jignpop.com
They have some of the best prices I have seen. Here are some of the
models I like: Cubera 125 & 150, Skipjack 100 & 150, Bugatti
Special, Ulua, Wahoo. Subject to change, so check them out.
There are also heaps of Chinese lures around. Some of them work
very well, some do not. The one point I would like to make is they are
very cheap to buy from the factory if you can get them. With that said,
I just want people to know that the shops do not pay much for these
lures, so do not pay too much for them. Below is a photo of a typical
Chinese tail weight to help identify these lures. Please
remember, I am not bashing these lures, I have some I really like, but I
just want people to be knowledgeable and spot a possibly over priced
Also check out Aotea Lures at there Facebook page Aotea Custom Lures
Great stickbaits been working for all kinds of fish here in Tonga.
One word .... OWNER. The best ones for GTs is the ST-76 in 3/0,
4/0 and 5/0 sizes. Size depends on the lure size. You do not want a
floating popper sinking.
I do not like to put treble hooks on the back of my lures. The
main reason is the hook tends to cut up the GT under the belly. To
minimize the injury to the fish for releasing, I like to use single
hooks. There are many brands out there, but I personally like to use
Longliner hooks like the one pictured below. They are cheap as chips
and very strong. The welded ring also allows the hook to point up or
down, not to the side. These are no longer available at our local tackle shop, but can be found online with a little effort.
Again, one word .... OWNER. Best sizes are 9, 10 & 11. Have
never had one fail, so with that I see no need for the 11H size.
As before, there are many different brands that will suit. Look
for a leader that has reasonable stretch and small diameter in the 120 -
180lb range. The goal is to have some abrasion resistance and to
absorb the shock of powerful strikes and runs. I do not like Flouro
leaders for this purpose because it is not that stretchy. It also is
hard, making it difficlult to use with friction knots. Varivas makes an
excellent shock leader of 170lb and only 1.1mm. There are also some great Longliner leaders out there from Korea with 170lb ratings and only 1.12mm thickness. Just takes a bit of research.
General Gear to Bring
Snorkel Gear - it is randomly available, but even with that the
quality is usually very low. Sometimes we swim with the Manta Rays.
Sun Screen - it is available, but pretty expensive
Lite Rain coat for rain and rough days
What you can leave at home if you are trying to save room, or weight, we have them
Split Ring Pliers