OK sized GT

OK sized GT

32/33kg on orion pencil popper with 8/0 decoy gt special


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Top fish

Thu, 2008-01-31 05:13

On my list for onslow/  in June

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If that's only OK

Thu, 2008-01-31 12:22

I would love to tangle with the big ones.

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good fun

Thu, 2008-01-31 17:34

careful steve, all I can say is, you hook up to a big one, prepare for a wild ride. =D quite a step up from samsons, both in terms of effort and fight. and once they get past 30-ish kg they don't come in so easy..

i'm itching for onslow in june too, but can't confirm until mid/late-feb. out of curiosity, what gear are you bringing up to pop with?

big ones colin, were 40, 45, maybe 50-plus kg. None landed. hahaha :P a dash of bad luck, but mostly inexperience. know a little bit better now. the record for LPB is 62kg weighed. david our guide reckon they've seen 70... mostly carrying alot of expensive jewelry...

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Being looking at the new gt rod

Thu, 2008-01-31 18:10

I have got abit of time to shop around till june

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the GT fishing off Onslow is

Thu, 2008-01-31 18:42

the GT fishing off Onslow is good hoping to get down there this year myself.

What gear will you be popping with Kasey?

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gear

Thu, 2008-01-31 23:30

hi jay,
haven't confirmed my trip to onslow yet. bouttime's pulled out so I would have to find a ship to jump on.

Anyway, gear will be dependent on the size of the fish available!

I doubt the broomstick (Wild Violence) will be necessary. I'd bring my Smith WRC80P/35. That should take any ~20kg fish on yet give them a fighting chance, with a bit of forgiveness on my casting arm too! Of course, just in case I end up undergunned, a Tokara would be good to have on standby.

BTW wot rod did u end up buying after selling the saltiga?

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Ended up buying a Carpenter

Fri, 2008-02-01 20:18

Ended up buying a Carpenter SP78H-SHP, should be here soon and I can't wait.

GT's as big as the one in this pic 30kg+ are available off Onslow (and I wouldn't be surprised if there were 100lbers)... make sure you fish a place called Rosily Island if you get up there.

The 80P would probably handle most GT's but I'd definately take the Tokara in case the big ones are around. Wouldn't bother with the WV though.

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Rosily only 30 odd kays from

Sat, 2008-02-02 15:22

Rosily only 30 odd kays from Onslow and will definitaly be visited should the weather allow Kasey.

There are many small islets and reefs to explore 50 km to the East and West and I am sure they all will hold a caranx or two

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It all sounds like fun

Fri, 2008-02-01 21:49

You would definately need strong gear to tangle with those big bruisers Kasey.

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Nice fish, though I reckon

Sat, 2008-02-02 13:04

Nice fish, though I reckon it looks closer to 20.  Was that weighed or estimated?

 

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estimated

Sat, 2008-02-02 15:39

Hi steve
you are right. if I didn't know better I wouldn't call it past 27/28kg. it was estimated from length and captain's judgement, and certainly appears to be smaller. I guess it has to do with the angle for the photo. I have a mate's fish that was only slightly bigger on the deck, but ended up looking much larger.

one thing is for sure, its not one of those truly huge monsters, but nevertheless still had some fun :)

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So

Sat, 2008-02-02 17:54

..........Feel the force.........

to land one of those monsters, including some luck, costs dollars? No way of getting out of a cheaper set? I have a stella 20000 Kasey(for Sambos) and a Crystal Blue jig stick(spinning), would I be in for a chance to land one? Cause I don't wanna spend some cash on a type of fishing that I wouldn't do that often. Cheers and nice fish mate

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it can be done

Sat, 2008-02-02 18:21

No, you can definately do it with a cheaper set. Just not the easiest or most efficient way I guess.

A stella 20000 is ok, and not cheap! I have popped with mine. You just have to wind faster, and watch the tension when winding up slack line between each 'bloop' or 'twitch' or it can accumulate in a wind knot. Not very useful for high-speed pencils at all. This is alright if you want to pop once in a while, for short (couple of hours) periods. Otherwise it wears you out alot having to deal with this on top of everything else.

A jigstick will land one alot easier than a long popping rod. But I'm not so sure if it will get the popper out far enough in the first place, or impart the same action. I know of a few budget rods out there that could do the job. Might be better to contact the many tackle shop sales assistants available here for more specifics.

Like jigging, to a certain extant, you dont need the expensive gear to land you the biggest or the most fish. However, in terms of upping your chances, making it more comfortable, and increasing the overall enjoyment of the sport, in the long run to me its worth it.

I'm no expert, and that's just my point of view so far. Perhaps those who have alot more experience might care to comment?

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Its like using a $100 hammer

Sat, 2008-02-02 19:34

Its like using a $100 hammer and a $15 hammer. Both will knock in a nail but one is so finely balanced that you can do it with comfort all day.

I, however do not own a $100 hammer, its a friggin waste of moneyTongue out

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Kasey, i have heard good

Sat, 2008-02-02 19:43

Kasey, i have heard good reports from a few other GT fishos about the new shimano GT special, whats your thoughts mate. I am pretty certain now on getting one to coupled up to a stella 10000FA for this winter

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hammer analogy

Sun, 2008-02-03 05:42

NOHA is right with the hammer analogy. It all has to do with how much you plan to use it, and how long term you plan to invest for.

Never touched or even seen the Shimano GT special, so no comment. Am quite happy sticking with Smith, Carpenter and someday maybe even my own Fisherman at the moment.

About the Stella, if you are in no hurry... why not wait for the new range? :) Or the price to drop some more (by speculating that it will once the new range comes out.. if it does.. very soon). Speak to Jay about it, he has done alot of homework.

Be warned though. Popping sucks in your soul. I'm sure your addiction to GTs has been planted already! I've only landed a few and already everytime I hear a splash I look up expecting a popper to get smashed!