Our first day of solid fishing dawned and first up we decided to head out to chase GTs on poppers rigged with Gamakatsu Treble GT 24′s. Throwing large lures along reef edges is taxing but the Samurai Pop 10 and 12′s handled this task with long casts allowing us to get tight in to the structure where it didn’t take long for a resident fish to chase down a lure. This first GT was a solid 20kg and after a strong fight, we had it boatside.
In addition to the poppers we tested some prototype Semi-Hardz which we have been working on for 6 months. Beefed up with Gamakatsu Treble 14′s these slow sinking lures also accounted for a few GTs in the same area and can be worked fast across the surface or allowed to sink and worked back to the boat with both methods producing fish.
As the tide turned and the fishing slowed we headed over to another reef edge to fish for coral trout and other reef species with more prototype lures, this time from the Atomic Hardz range. The shallow diving minnows we used were extremely effective with coral trout heading out of their holes regularly to smash these offerings. Worked with a jerkbait style retreive keeping them just below the surface allowed us to keep clear of the reef. and once again the Gamakatsu treble 14′s were used to increase hook-up rates and increaase the strength of the hooks for these tough reef species.
What a start to the trip!