The Giant Trevally.
For many a far-fetched dreamfish of sorts. Anglers travel the globe in search of trophies, spending crazy amounts in the process. Living along the tropical belt allows us to enjoy some of this, but on a much smaller scale, and with much irregularity at best. The ones we get in and around our coastal region are smaller on the average, but on lighter gear they go just as hard and provide as much a challenge. Sometimes you need a little luck in finding them, or for them to come find you...
|First you have to get past the pesky Barracudas...|
|They love FCL Ebipops too!|
|The average GT ranges from 3-8kgs, not big but still a handful on lighter gear. The FCL Labo Ultimate Cast 74 rod in 'Custom Red' is the perfect tool for launching Ebipops and working them...|
|Here's an Ebipop victim. Somehow this popper draws the most response out here...|
|Another lovely GT that gave an angler much thrills...|
|They were only hitting Ebipops, pretty frustrating!|
|Other chuggers like the El Toro work as well, to a varying degree. Right placement is everything...|
|When the GTs show up around our coasts they are locked onto the bait schools that are pushed in. Casting towards said schools will find you a GT or two. On the Evergreen Poseidon Ocean Hunter they can be a handful even at this size...|
|That's the new Jackson Pintail EZ 45 offshore minnow getting a christening...|
|Can't go wrong with FCL Labo's Ebipop. It was clearly in a class of its own...|
|Here's a tandem of 16 kilo fish for two happy anglers. Such encounters are few and far between in our neck of the woods, and certainly feature as a highlight for the year!|
|One took the loud and brash IMA Big Stik pencil |
(made for bass, mind you)...
|Meanwhile no guesses for which lure the other took. The Ebipop caps off a beautiful day's fishing with another notch in the belt...|
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