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No Barbed HooksWe’ve drawn up a list of the best combinations of rods, reels, line, leaders, hooks & lures to make sure you’re properly equipped to fish in Trincomalee.

All our recommendations have been tried and tested to make sure your tackle is a match for the fish you want to catch. However every now and then you come across a fish that re-writes the rule book.

Rods: You will need a spinning rod rated for Pe8 to Pe10 line and it should be able to handle at a minimum 10 kg of consistent drag pressure. A rod length of 7’6” to 8’6”, with a butt intersection will be the perfect tool for the job. 80 lb class is minimum, best is 100 lb class.

Reels: A spinning reel like the Shimano Stella SW 14000 HG and upwards size or the Daiwa Saltiga 6000, 6500 size would be ideal for the job. For GT popping you will need a reel that has minimum retrieve/ Gear ratio of 5.0 to 1 and above and as earlier mentioned be able to put out at least 10kg drag smoothly and consistently.

The line cap should be at least 180 meters of PE 8 and for the bigger fish you can use PE 8-12 on a reel being able to take at least 180 meters of it.

Braided line: 80 lb or 100 lb (Jerry Brown, Tuff Line, Power Pro)

Leaders: When using PE lines and high drag settings a good shock leader is essential for GT we normally use 170 lb to 220 lb shock leaders of about 1.5-3 meters length, this absorbs the immense forces in the system coupled with the GT strike and head and tail whacking. Monofilament leader is recommended over fluorocarbon. Fisherman Stealth or Varivas Shock Leader are good options

Lures: For lures we recommend having at least 20 lures in your arsenal, these can be from 120 gms to about 200gms. Bigger, louder, splashing and popping lures are good for the large GT’s. Craft Bait GT3, Hammer Head E-Cup and I-Cup, Heru Cubera 150 or Orion Cono Cono 160

Stick-baits: One’s that swim just below the surface or sinking models are very effective. With GT any colour will work. If the fish are on the feed they will hammer anything that moves. Some good colours to have are those that resemble baitfish like the Mackerel coloured lures, Red heads, green and black, purple, etc. ASWB, Siren or Orion Big Foot and Nambas.

Others lures that work well for GT’s are Pencil Poppers like Fisherman Paro Paro. These lures work wonders on some days especially when sea is really flat.

Treble Hooks: Only strong ones like Decoy GT Special in size 8/0 an 10/0. We recommend Gamakatsu GT Recorder in size 6/0 and upwards because these treble’s are barbeless and are really good for fish and safety on board.

Split Rings: Owner 11H or equivalent power in other brands !!!

Rods: Any Jigging rods 5′ to 6’6” long, 2 pieces, rated for Pe5 to Pe8 line, with recommended jig weights of 150-400 grams. Spinning or conventional rods can be used based on an angler’s preference. 60 lb to 80 lb class are best suited.

Reels : A quality spinning reel like the Shimano Stellas SW 20000, SW 18000, SW 10000 can be used. Also the Daiwa Saltiga range like the 6500 or 6000, may be used. However it is important to make sure that reels have a low gear ratio which makes jigging a far easier task and also provide the grunt needed for winching up hard fighting fish from the deep.

Overhead jigging reels are also gaining popularity with hardcore jiggers. There aren’t as many reels to choose from but the right reel for the job can be found with the necessary line capacity and right gearing.
Line : Jigging has gained popularity mainly due to the use of ‘super lines and braid’. The use of braid makes it easier to feel the jig at a depth of 50 meters or more. Also the no stretch quality of braid works well when jigging at greater depths.

There are a wide array of brands available and colour coded jigging line is best suited apart from finding a line with a very narrow diameter.
60 lb or 80 lb, the best is Varivas Avani Big Ones in PE4 or PE5. The Daiwa Accudepth 80 lb is another good option.

Leaders : monofilament, no fluorocarbon because it is not flexible enough, Varivas Shock Leader and Fisherman stealth in 100 lb or 140 lb

Jigs : need to be 200 g and over. The best here is 300 g as the boat can drift fast with the strong currents. Duel Tamentai, Shimano Butterfly, Fisherman Andaman, Skill Jig.

Color : natural, pink or orange (you need a good stock of jigs as these are a favourite of Spanish Mackrel that can bite through the leaders. Use a short wire leader to reduce the chance of this happening.

Terminal Tackle / Assist hooks : The use of quality terminal tackle is one area which is commonly overlooked. Quality assist hooks ranging from size 9/0 to 13/0 are standard sizes here. Split rings and solid rings with a minimum breaking strain of 200lbs is a must apart from a supply of Kevlar assist cord.

You can also make your own. To do this you’ll need :
A Solid Ring : like Owner Solid Ring size 9
Line cord : the best is the Varivas Assist Line SS 80
A Good Jigging hook : like Shout Kudako size 7/0 and 9/0 or Owner SJ-41 size 13/0

Rod : 60 lb class (PE 4)

Reel : Stella or Saltiga with a very good retrieve

Braided line : 50/60 lb like PE 4 (Varivas, Power Pro)

Leader : Monofilament 100 lb to 140 lb (Fisherman Stealth or Varivas Shock Leader)

Lures : when it’s frenzy time, the best lures are pencil popper like Yo-Zuri Surface Bull, Orion Flapper or South African Lure Ice Cream GT.

Sometimes sinking Stickbait’s make the difference. Good choices are FC Labo CSP HS, DUO Pressbait or Sebile Stick Shadd SS.

Hooks : Most efficient are good single hooks like Decoy JS Sergent

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