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GT Fishing From a Big Boat
Casting lures is not just about pitching a lure out and cranking it back. There is a certain art to casting and retrieving. You need to be able to put the lure in the right spot, so what casting technique is best suited for that? Your retrieve also needs the ideal cadence and action to trigger bites. How do you know what works well, if you do not practice a lot or learn from exceptional fishermen? Casting big poppers and stick baits to a reef edge as you slowly work you your way along the edge, at a safe distance requires skill and experience. The right rod and reel setup is critical, as well. One day, you may find yourself on a bigger sport yacht or a head boat in an area where casting big lures to marauding reef donkeys is the game. So, if you want to know about casting lures from a big boat to a reef edge, this In The Spread fishing video featuring Chris “Critter” Rushford, from Reel Teaser Fishing Adventures in Western Australia has some interesting tidbits of intel that you can add to your fishing arsenal. The fishing tips and techniques Chris shares can be applied to any shallow water reef fishing where big apex predators patrol the waters.
Whether you are on a big boat or a smaller boat, the principles discussed herein apply. In our case, we were casting lures from our mothership, a 65' Westcoaster, as close as we could to the edge of the reef that surrounds the atoll we were fishing out at Rowley Shoals. The Rowley Shoals are a series of atolls that sits atop the continental shelf approximately 150 miles west of Broome, Australia in the Indian Ocean. Without a mothership operation, it would be hard to reach these waters and fish them for any length of time. The only difference between the big boat and a smaller vessel is how close to the reef edge you can safely position yourself. Even with the bigger 65, we could land lures right up in the white wash of the waves breaking on the reef. This is where the GT's or giant trevally love to patrol.
The key to fishing the outer edge of the atoll is finding the more craggy areas, the more angular and broken up edges and the channels that penetrate the reef wall allowing water to flow in and out of the atolls interior. The more craggy and irregular the structure, the better. As the tide flows out, all sorts of marine life and bait fish get swept off the top or out of the reefs interior. As this happens, larger reef predators drive this bait up against the wall, where it is trapped. This is where the carnage takes place. In the chaos of waves crashing against the reef and white water boiling, the giant trevally or GT's, as they are known, go to work. GT's are the lords of the reef. This species is fast and powerful. Nothing escapes their ravenous tendencies.
The more commotion you can create in the water and the better you can get your presentation to mimic the behavior of a wounded baitfish, the more likely your fishing lure is going to get smashed. Chris Rushford possesses next level wisdom, for a young man, when it comes to understanding the marine ecosystem of offshore reefs and how you need to gear up and approach fishing for GT's. His angling skills are extraordinary. What he has to share with you will go a long way toward helping advance your success with reef fishing for apex predators.
Find out what reef fishing pro Chris Rushford has to share about safely positioning your vessel to maximize your chances of landing your lures in the strike zone. Learn about the areas of focus that will give you the best shot at nice fish. To get you lure in close, you will benefit from the casting techniques Chris demonstrates. You really do need to get your lures in close to the reef and still be able to battle the fish our without getting broken off. These are super powerful fish with more advantage than you have. Chris has unique insights on where to put lures and how hard you have to go to conquer GT's. Once you get your lure in the zone, you need to start the retrieval. See how he does it and why he varies his tactics. Perhaps the most important part of this type of fishing is having the right gear. You fishing rods and fishing reels have to be able to handle casting a long way and applying really heavy drag. The lures you use also need to be battle ready. Solid designs with beefed up split rings and hooks are a must. See what Chris uses and why he has so much success.
If you are going to take on this sort of fishing, be ready. Go with the right knowledge and achieve success, by learning from a fishermen that does this year round in big fish waters. Learn from the best, use the best tackle and catch the biggest fish.
Total time: 44:21