I heard a "Pop"!

Luke Maow Bear
edited March 2010 in Jigging & Popping
Sup,

For some bizarre reason, I have a need to start popping. . .

I know next to nothing about popping and thought that you well spoken folk here should be able to point me in the right direction.

Reel-wise, I am going for Twinpower 8000 HG; everyone cool with that?

Rod-wise, I know jack-all about what I should be getting. So I need some tips here . . but wait! Read the rest of the post first!

It gets worse; leader, poppers, hooks are all drawing flat zeros on knowledge.

I am looking to "handle" a GT up to 40KG's; you guys reckon an 8000 reels is way to small? (I am assuming it may be)

How I am looking at is the correlation between fish size and reel size because I know how brutish these fish can get. So the question is, what is the advice on fish for an 8000 sized reel. Or shall I get a bigger reel?

Any good, well written advice is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Best,
Loopy
  • fishy_fingers
    bro..where r u going fihing?? may i ask??
  • fishy_fingers
    bro..where r u going fihing?? may i ask??
  • ChrisT
    Yes its good to know where you're planning to go.

    If its maldives, a 8000 size with PE5 to 6 line, 100 to 130 lb leader and 100g popper would suffice. Plenty of nice and relatively inexpensive rods to go for. But you'll probably be busted off by a 40kg fish unless you're very lucky that the fish got careless.

    If you're strictly targetting 40kgs and above, the 8000 won"t be enough. Look at the stella 10000, or 18000 new model or even the 12000 twinpower maybe.

    For me I use 10000 old model with 20000 spool loaded with pe10 and 12 varivas lines. That's rated at 130 and 170lb. I use either 170lb twisted leaders or a 170lb leader with FG knot and a 300 or 400lb bite leader of about a foot.

    Rods - plenty to choose from - all depends on your budget. From $500 to $1500.

    As for poppers, there are so many choices - chuggers, pencils, stickbaits.....just go into any of the specialised shops in BR and you'll see all the goodies.

    Hooks - you can use trebles to match the lures or large singles. Again this depends on your preference and there are 2 schools of thought - whether singles or trebles hold fish better. I go for trebles and if possible Decoy (or owner or gamakatsu)

    You then have incidentals like gloves, swivels, split rings, pliers, gimbals, knotting tools, etc etc etc....the buying never stops!

    Popping is very addictive - be warned.

    I'm sure some others will have their take on popping.

    Happy New Year!
  • fishy_fingers
    popping results in the Maldives has dropped drastically...esp last year. anyone agree with me??
  • attap seed
    fishy_fingers" said:
    popping results in the Maldives has dropped drastically...esp last year. anyone agree with me??
    i agree.

    but the reasons can be many.

    over-fishing, post tsunami, global warming, al nino/nina... ...

    but i tink the jiggin is still good.
  • noorani
    Not entirely. We have had reasonable success popping as well as jigging. GTs, Dogtooths, Jacks, Barracudas, groupers and red bass have all been caught popping over the last year. I think its more of a matter of captain and how close you are to the fishing spots as well as the winds and currents. I seriously dont think tsunami has had any effect on fishing.
    cheers
  • Luke Maow Bear
    Whoooopers sorry for the late reply, I have been dead in bed for the past 4 days from over eating.

    I am not specifically targeting GT's at 40KG, more like a noobs guesstimation of what I'd like to handle. I was thinking of a 10K sized reel.

    I'd might just simply start at Rompin to get into gear and eventually move up the ranks.

    ChrisT and all thank you for your advice thus far. My budget is about 3K for everything.
  • Nicholas
    Hi Loopy, I think you have posted some good questions that at times also bug anglers who have been popping every now and then.

    IMHO when comes to popping (and jigging), what is suitable for one angler may not always be optimum for another. Anglers has different body physics, strength and stamina, and style of fishing can be very different. I have been through many popping sets to find those that are really suitable for me, and not every piece I own is suitable for every occasion and venue.

    In my view nothing beats looking and having a feel of reels, rods and terminal tackles and deciding for yourself what's probably best suited for you after asking some leading questions. Nowadays tackleshops like Kaiser Pro Shop even organise casting sessions where you can get to feel and work on some of the sample rods before buying. Pay a visit to the shop and ask some question, have a feel of the physical tackle and it beats reading and trying to remember what others said. IMHO 3k is a good budget to start with.

    Fighting a 40kg GT is really no joke if one has not tried smaller ones before. I agree with Chris in principle that 8000 size may not be enough to stop a 40kg giant. If you manage to land one please share pic with us.

    Happy tackle hunting.
  • Nicholas
    There has been 30kg size GTs boated (and released) in the past 4 of the 6 trips that I know of onboard Nooraanee2; and all 6 trips have 20kg (and up) size GTs. So based on this, result has been fairly consistent. Of course moon-phase and weather can affect fishing, as well as anglers and length of charter. On top of that 2009 has been a financial difficult years for many and I understand that some slots of some boat charters were left untaken.

    Also, we may not get to see the pics of all the big catches for one reason or another.
    fishy_fingers" said:
    popping results in the Maldives has dropped drastically...esp last year. anyone agree with me??
  • fishy_fingers
    thanks for sharing. yes..GTs tipping the weight of almost 40kg were landed. but may i ask wats the quantity of GT landed..say for a 6-8 days safari?? or per day??

    over the years...i have seen results dropped from 10-15GTs per day to 1-3 per day. ..all around this time of the year...jan-feb.
  • Uncle_Muthu
    jus came back recently from maldives with my kakis ... 7 of us popping 8-10hrs per day average ard 3-4pcs GTs per person ... so quantity wise is ok for us but size we didn't get to hit anything above 25kg
  • Luke Maow Bear
    Uncle_Muthu" said:
    jus came back recently from maldives with my kakis ... 7 of us popping 8-10hrs per day average ard 3-4pcs GTs per person ... so quantity wise is ok for us but size we didn't get to hit anything above 25kg
    What was the size of reel generally used?
  • Uncle_Muthu
    It's quite a mixture of reels use ... Stella 10k 09 model , Stella 6k 09 model twinpower 8k 09 model n also saltiga 4500 that's bout it
  • Luke Maow Bear
    Looking at how it has been 6 years since I started this thread, it is interesting to see that nothing much has changed besides the fact that reels got bigger and bigger. I am using the Shimano Stella 18,000 now and the 14,000 has heavily took the place of the 10,000.

    What about Daiwa? I have never used a Saltiga, it'd be hard for me to use one as the Magseal is just a nightmare after all these years, has it even improved?!
  • nelsonlimjinwei
    Screw Mag Seal.... 

    My catalina starting to leak mag oil. Worse idea that daiwa ever came up with. 
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