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 Post subject: Winter GTs
PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 6:51 pm 
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Hi Guys,

With the weather blowing here in the UAE since the last one month, we had our eyes open for a break in the weather . When it happened, we found ourselves in Musandum, My son and me, with Nick’s Ocean active.
We fished two days . The fishing was good considering the low water temp .We caught 14 GTs on poppers and Sticks, a couple on jigs along with sheri ( snapper ) and cudas. Couple of pull offs on big fish and one bust off on a Mother of all gts!
I must say that Nicks charter is first class with probably the best crew I've fished with. Glanville and Richards Thank you guys.

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Great pic as always jeen keep them coming
pls write details of tackle used as rod reel line leader and lure
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:27 pm 
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Jeen,

That is awesome. Can you please tell what jigs do GTs hit? I am almost a total noob to the world of jigging but bucktail jigs bought me success than anything else and hence my confidence on jigs is increasing.

Any input on jigging in GT fishing will help me a lot. Do they also eat plastic bodied jigs and/or bucktail jigs with/without trailers. BTW, I will be hunting for GTs coming Sunday :D

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Maruthu


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thanks for that jeen


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back breaking GT's............... :twisted:


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jeen, was just wondering what rods were you guys using

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Lovely GT's Jeen...


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There you go again. Give us a break. I still can't get over the last trip.

hahahahah Great picture as usual mate. Thanks


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Hi guys,

V.Singh,Riaz,:- The equipment used are specialised for Popper fishing,

Rods - Carpenter

Reels- ShimanoStella 10,000 & Daiwa Saltiga 6500 Dog fight. for popping

and Daiwa 4500 Saltiga and Shimano stella for jigging.

Lures were poppers and Stickbaits made by japanese and Australian lure companies like carpenter, fisherman and Blue water.

My son was popping and I fished only stick baits asi t was easier to work stick baits and l wanted to fine tune my technique.

Muruthu;- The jigs we used were mostly japanese long jigs 200 to 300 gms dependening on the current and depth.

You could have success with buck tails too. You could use the same technique you use for striper bass.

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Hi Jeen,

Having exensively used both the Stella and the Saltiga, which in your openion is a better reel and why?

Bobby


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Hi Bobby,

Thats a tough one ... Well, stella has a very smooth drag and fishes straight out of the box heavy drag up to 15 Kg and continues yielding that sort of drag and smoothness. The Saltiga drag needs to be upgraded with carbonex washers to match that sort sustained heavy drag performance.
However the Saltiga is a robust and long lasting reel in terms of strength and cranking power.

In the popping world you always find afficianados for both. Iam a Shimano man myself, though, I find myself attracted to Accurates lately.


Jeen


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Fantastic fishing Jeen. [smilie=hellyeah.gif]

The location looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Santosh


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nice show Jeen [smilie=ebil-thumbup.gif]
thanks for sharing that pictures with us


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 Post subject: hi jeen
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hi,
you always rock man. congrats for the fabulous GTs. thnks for sharing the pics and also the info.
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spoonangler.


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Hi Jeen...you're the man !

fantastic stuff....... like always.

Do let me know if you intend on adopting anyone :lol:


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Hi Jeen ,
Thanks for details of tackle very informative to select and choose some best stuff
pls mention details of line used
thanks again
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Thanks Jeen,

Personally I do not like Shimano, perhaps I am one of the only persons, I did not have good experiences with the reels and the company.

With my Tiagras where they just did not bother to send me the locking screws and with a Stella which I was going to purchase and found the bail-arm knocking the handle at certain points, that completely put me off.

I will go in for the Saltiga but a smaller-mid size loaded with fireline, given up on large egg beaters :lol:


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Hi Bobby thanks for writing your opinion
which model of saltiga would suggest
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Hi Riaz,

I would need to go and 'feel' them first..

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Bobby


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:43 pm 
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ok dear in fact looking for some good spinning reel
for sea i have a multiplier abu 7700 , saltstriker and tica4500 series
give me some suggestion
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:49 pm 
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DEAR!!!???

I have an Abu multiplier that I use for spinning sometimes (I prefer the fixed spools), which was a special order Left Hand wind. I like that reel very much....cannot remember what Abu, perhaps an ambassedur...very nice.


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As always, awsome fishing Jeen. Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:09 pm 
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Thanks for the input Jeen,

Arrived home in Chennai at 4:15 AM last Sunday and was Jigging in the harbour at 06:30 AM. No luck though :(
A GT was trying to grab my popper (Yozuri Hydro popper in white with red head), but he was not accurate in his shot. Same thing happens in the next cast.
Either the fish was half blind or I am not skilled enough to make him hit the lure until he gets hooked up :x
I speed up my retrieve when the fish is behind, anything wrong or is there something else that I need to do?

Thanks,
Maruthu


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:52 pm 
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Hi Maruthu,

Welcome back to India!.

Well the GT is a very fast and agressive fish. From the little I know about the harbour waters there, it seems to be quite well populated with mullets the natural bait of your GTs.

Where we fish in the reefs for GTs , the fish hit the lure for two reasons one to eat when hungry and 2 to drive away competition , more like territorial behaviour.

For GT we always found success by matching the poppers to the colour of the fusiliers in the water.In the Maldives its either silver /yellow /or purple and in the Oman and Northern emirates its mostly blue.

I would suggest that you use blue silver or even grey similar to the mullets there and also to use bigger poppers. The hydro is too small. Bigger to entice the fish to hit since they are territorial. Go for a minimum of 7 to 8 inches.
If you are getting follows stop to a count 3 and pop again.

I suggest you get some propper lures - poppers and stick baits. I have a few .Iam probably in India end FEb.Please pm your adress to me .Ill send you some stuff.


Jeen


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:26 am 
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Hi Jeen,

Another brilliant post. Some nice GT there as well. I see you've been twitching stickbaits this time :lol: .
The Cubera poppers in the pic work really well here and are quite popular. They move a lot of water and they 'call' GTs from near and far.

For GT we always found success by matching the poppers to the colour of the fusiliers in the water

This is so true. It's the same here, one has more success here when they match the poppers to the fusiliers. But then again white/red works just as well, which always makes me wonder what all the fuss about colours of poppers is about. :wink:

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Hi MM,

Nice to hear from you. Is that a titan trigger fish on the other post. I also noticed that the leader was a twisty. I have tried the twisty for one day and gave up as the sound of the line shooting through the guides drove me mad.

A good Mid knot/PR is what works for me.





Cheers,

Jeen


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Jeen, great pix!!! :D My congrstulations!


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Beautiful.... Great gonig

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jeen wrote:
Hi MM,

Nice to hear from you. Is that a titan trigger fish on the other post. I also noticed that the leader was a twisty. I have tried the twisty for one day and gave up as the sound of the line shooting through the guides drove me mad.

A good Mid knot/PR is what works for me.

Cheers,

Jeen


Hi Jeen,

It's a trigger fish alright, I'm not sure which one but. It's the second we've caught on lure, the first one being on popper.

Yes that is a twisty you see. We use the twisty as it's a connection that seldom fails. You only have to get used to the sound of it flying through the guides. :lol:

Had a big GT the other day, which put up an immense fight. Hope all's well and looking forward to your next post.

Regards,

Mighty Marlin.


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Hi MM,

Yes the twisty is a strong connection.Especially since all the big guns are after "that" FISH armed with 170 lb braid and locked up drags! Eventually everybody graduates and gets to the point where they fish only for that 50Kg and above. Iam still at PE 8 and on 8kg drag ,tightening when required. However my son who got busted in Musundum is talking locked up drags and big numbers on the PE !. I guess once you get humiliated by a big GT then the next step is beefed up tackle.

I still love my PR knots and continue using them but do give it a good hard test after i tie them.

saw the new stella?


Jeen


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:31 pm 
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Yup Jeen,

Saw it about 10 days ago.... 600 to 700 grams if I remember right. About the weight of the Stella 8000. Nice looking reel but the pictures weren't terribly clear. Hoping someone will carry one out this season so I'll get to try it. Just got my Stella 10000SW in December so it's too early to think of a new reel. You ever used the Accurate SR30? Now that's a reel..... no end to this maddness!!!

Mighty Marlin.


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Jeen,

Which Carpenters are you using?

Mighty Marlin.


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MM,
using the SP78H-SHP. Good rods. yes you said it there is no end to the tackle you want....
I used the SR 30 on Nicks boat. That is a solid reel. Iam still not convinced enough to place it above the Stellas. But then every time you see it you want one. We have become like women in a jewellery shop!
The new stella 10000 is like 1200 $ !!

Jeen


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:47 pm 
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jeen wrote:
I suggest you get some propper lures - poppers and stick baits. I have a few .Iam probably in India end FEb.Please pm your adress to me .Ill send you some stuff.

Jeen


Jeen,

Thanks a lot for that, but I do have some poppers (don't have stick baits though).
Your advice is all I need that will help me ON a GT (I am improving day by day luring these guys)

Let me know if you visit Chennai. May be we can also make a trip for those Vizag GTs if you have some time :-)

Thanks,
Maruthu


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