The fish weighed in at 90.60 Kg on our Certified Scales (Matava Resort being an IGFA Weighstation) and is a pending new Fiji National All-Tackle Record. www.GamefishingFiji.com
May 18, 2009
May 16, 2009
Frequent GTs over 30kg and several over the 40kg mark. We are averaging about 10 GTs per angler per day with numerous other species thrown in as by-catch such as Bluefin trevally, emperors, green jobfish, grouper, big barracuda, mackerel and all the other usual tropical reef popper predators.
The outer reef slopes around Kadavu have offered up some spectaculor dogtooth tuna. Average size has been around 75lbs but the trophy fish of the month goes to angler Bill Busch from the USA and his monster 90Kg doggie. A new Fiji All-Tackle Record.
The poppers are still outperforming the stickbaits by at least 4-1. Seems the GTs here still prefer a big noisy crashing popper to a twitching swimbait.
May 14, 2009
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Doggie was probably between 35 to 40kgs. Biggest gt was around 35kg. We were fishing in pretty slack currents, so not ideal for gts. Jigging at the seamount was pretty good. I had my doggie take my hooker jig pretty high up. Was actually reeling up my line when it took.
My wife Jac had a big fish take when she was dropping her 400g nagamasa. She couldnt close the bail arm and we tried all we could to close it but when we did, the line busted off. The fish was just taking alot of line and we couldnt slow it down. Not sure what we could have done to get her started on the fight.
MarkR had a huge bust off on a big gt. The line was unfortunately loosely spooled in by the shop and it dug in and busted off.He lost his lucky craftbait.
We were fishing with Adrian on his boat Bite Me. Great skipper and boat. Matava resort was really nice too - nice food and good bunch of guys, but you might want to bring a portable fan and your insect repellant.
Only the big mouth poppers worked - craftbait, hammerheads, big jim. Surprisingly, big foots and other stickbaits didnt work. They liked red, green or pink poppers.
Jigs were around 300 to 400g in the deeper spots (150m). You could get away with 200 or 250g jigs in the shallower areas. Sevenseas hookers and nagamasas worked for me.
May 12, 2009
according to: luke wyrsta
The Caranx Ignobilis is to me, the most beautiful and awe-inspiring fish in the sea. They embody the meaning of 'strength' in the world's oceans.
Due to my obsession with a fishing technique known as 'surface popping', my exploits nearly always have something to do with the mighty GT.
I created this website with two things in mind:
- To provide useful information and the knowledge of others about the mighty GT.
- Just to add part of my contribution to the preservation of the mighty GT. Being, an angler - this includes strictly catch and release fishing coupled with appropriate fish handling and care.
I sincerely hope all visitors to this site will be able to gain some useful information and insight into the GT and may help others to care for this fish as much as I do.
Giant-Trevally.com - Legend of the Giant Trevally (GT)
May 4, 2009
Days 5 and 6 were spent racking up the GT numbers as well has having a bunch of fun with a whole host of other by-catch such as Emperors, red and green jobfish, giant grouper (all released) bream and amberjack.