Catching GTs: tip three

 

 

It’s all about the lure. You now know where to fish and have some sort of an idea as how to plan your day around the tides. What lures to use when, the reasons behind that choice and of cause how to use them correctly in each situation.

 

First of all try and find out what bait is around and match the hatch…GTs, wise up very quickly and you might only get one drift in a spot so if you throw the wrong lure they might come up for a look but have no intensions on eating the lure, these are essentially wasted fish and the best thing to do when you get shy fish come up is to drive away and leave that spot alone for an hour before going back, Gts are expert hunters and if they want it….it’s DEAD!!!!!

Gts are very aggressive fish and will try and eat anything they can get their mouths around so don’t be scared of casting big lures especially if you chasing a trophy fish 45kg+, they will eat everything from Whitebait, Tuna, Mackerel, Fusiliers, Garfish, Longtom and their favourites, reef fish like Coral Trout, Emperors and Stripeys.

The most common baitfish associated with GTs are Fusiliers and generally you will find these bait fish balled up tight on deeper pressure edges on calm days shimmering on the surface and getting showered as the GTs beneath terrorise the life out of them. You can tell they are “fusies” as when you look into the shoal you can see the baitfish actually look bright green/ blue as they are getting chased. For fishing between “fusies” poppers and stickbaits are the go and usually the GTs will be fired up and smash the lure as it hits the water.

If you are cruising around and have been noticing a lot of surface activity and seeing small flying fish, Garfish and Longtoms getting destroyed everywhere you look then usually the GTs will be hunting garfish, “garies” do the same as Fusiliers and will shimmer and shower exactly the same and if you were none the wiser you would actually think they were “fusies” but sometimes it’s worth taking a half a second to look at a shoal of bait before you fire lures into them. “Garies” will appear black or dark blue on the surface and taking this into account you can tell the difference quite easily. The best lures to throw in these scenarios are high speed lures something like a GT ice-cream, skipping pencil, or a long Goby worked very fast, the take you get in these situations are incredible and fish will often get airborne in an attempt to catch the lure.

Blue holes, Drains and Cut outs. The GTs will be hunting reef fish, Coral trout, Red Throat Emperors etc, sitting in ambush waiting for an easy feed that is going to fill them up and its usually these sorts of spots where there will be a solitary big fish lurking, I found that poppers worked aggressively with huge pops but nice and slow are optimum for these spots, big floating stickbaits also work the treat and skipping pencils if there is a lot of Longtoms on the flats.

Blue holes, Drains and Cut outs. The GTs will be hunting reef fish, Coral trout, Red Throat Emperors etc, sitting in ambush waiting for an easy feed that is going to fill them up and its usually these sorts of spots where there will be a solitary big fish lurking, I found that poppers worked aggressively with huge pops but nice and slow are optimum for these spots, big floating stickbaits also work the treat and skipping pencils if there is a lot of Longtoms on the flats.

Lures and colours for GT fishing. Where ever you go in the world you will usually be looking at the same thing, Poppers, stickbaits both sinking and floating and high speed surface lures. There are techniques for each one of these lures and they vary for different locations and different scenarios but if you stick to these tips you will be off to a good start, as far as colours go…I’m a firm believer of the lures action accounting to more than colour but if I was to personally choose colours I would have only purples and reds in my box, there are reasons for this firstly I prefer to use dark colours like purples in deeper water and on the shallows everything is red  and secondly I fish these lures with confidence and that’s what makes the difference at the end of the day!!!!

Poppers – Generally with poppers they are best worked with a big pop and a pause between each the pause length varies on the depth of water but I have found that an aggressively but slowly worked popper with longer pauses between pops nearly every time will raise and catch more fish.

Floating Stickbaits – Are deadly worked slower in calm water areas, I found with these a long steady swoop of the rod with a pause, followed by another long swoop with a few twitches. Keep doing this throughout the retrieve mixing it up as you go. This retrieve works the best. When you swoop the rod, pay attention to the feeling of your lure, if you can’t feel the lure making big kicks and thuds on your line you probably going to fast or too slow and on the twitches, you want to keep an eye on the lure and the water to make sure you twitch it at the right time to get the optimum out of the walk, you want the lure to walk nicely side to side on each twitch.

Sinking Stickbaits – Can be worked in much the same way although I like to add some speed for them and alot more erratic twitches to get the lure darting from side to side, up, down and all over the place underneath the water, these lures are best used in choppy conditions or in extreme currents as the lure gets below the chop and it makes the lure a lot easier for the fish to pick up. In these situation fish will be ready to chase something especially in strong currents.

GT Ice-Cream – This is a personal favourite of mine for 2 reasons…you will never see such aggressive takes on ANY other lure and that’s a promise!!!! The hook up rate is as close to 100% as you will ever get. The best way to retrieve these lures is FAST, pretty much as fast as is sensible, hold the rod at around 45 degrees and just wind!!!! The lure will skip just on the top of the water and doesn’t look like anything special but GTs love them, the nice things about fast retrieve lures is the hook-ups are solid as a rock and they usually tear away with line….Exciting fishing, Yes Please!!!!!

Skipping Pencils – Another really good lure. This lure is best worked with a fast wind and twitch retrieve to get the lure skipping and splashing side to side across the surface, again this lure entices extremely aggressive strikes and over the years I have seen the most giant GTs become interested in this lure than on any other.

A few personal favourites are Cubera, Ulua, GT Ice-cream, Fisherman Long Pen.

I would never leave on a trip without these lures but everyone will have their own personal preferences and those are the lures you will fish with confidence because of that they will work every time!!!!!

 

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