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Fishing overseas?

8 Apr 2018
by Greg Hill
Overseas fishing trips


Time to pack your bags an exit to warm exotic fishing location. Add bug repellent, sunblock,  20kgs of tackle, an over length-excess baggage rod tube and your good to go.


Our seasonal sales calendar says, overseas popper fishing season has started. The time when kiwis take to the tropics in pursuit of GT's, wahoo, tuna and other toothy critters.

Toothy being the optimum word.  I've got a lead 300g jig on my desk that has been cut in half by dog tooth tuna at the chesterfield reef, and seen poppers of wood, foam and resin varieties absolutely demolished by the razor gang.

Wire leader sometimes help, but its more good luck. Fish will bite at the swivel, the knot and even a bubble trail, leaving you with that " light rod" feeling. 

Lures in general for the tropics are brighter "come bite me"  colours.  Big face poppers and big stick baits, 190mm long weighing to 120g can be the norm. Poppers loaded with big treble hooks ( Owner ST66) and #11 split rings that have a breaking strain of 230lb, crush the hooks' barbs for safety

For casting use braid 80lb minimum, 130 -150 leader and a  20000 or 6500 size reel.  Trolling monofilament line still prevails, often with a wire tippet as Wahoo are the "sharpest" fish in the sea.

Shore based if you can access,  small lures seem to be the key particularly in a lagoon, micro jigs and Inchikus work well, again bright colours. Shore based Saltwater fly fishing is also popular but thats a whole different story. Local boats an ex-pat kiwis adorn the pacific so it's not to difficult to find a charter. On a culinary note, eating reef fish is a dicey business, check and research before you tuck in.