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Popping Tackle ListRods: For a rod 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 tool for the job.Reels: A spinning reel like the Shimano Stella SW 8000, SW 10000 HG and SW 18000 HG 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 6 and for the bigger fish you can use PE 8-10 on a reel being able to take at least 180 meters of it.Line: 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 to 3 meters lengths, this absorb the immense forces in the system coupled with the GT strike and head and tail whacking. Monofilament leader is recommended over fluorocarbon.Terminal Tackle: Your terminal connections have to be xxx strong and for this we recommend using 200 lb and above split rings and swivelsLures: For lures I would recommend you having at least 20 lures from 50gms to about 200gms, the bigger louder, splashing and popping lures are good for the bigger GT’s. Stick-baits which swim just below the surface or floating stick baits. With GT any color will work, if the fish are on the feed they will hammer anything that moves. Some good colors to have are those that resemble baitfish like the Mackerel colored lures, red heads, green and black, purple, etc.Hooks: Good xxx strong single hooks and barbless trebles in size 4/0 to 7/0 made by commonly found brands such as Owner for GT popping are a must.Jigging Tackle ListRods: 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.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 see 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 a right reel for the job can be found with the necessary line capacity and 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 color coded jigging line is best suited apart from finding a line with a very narrow diameter.Also essential to use are shock leaders that absorb some of the shock an angler feels when a fish strikes. Its best to use monofilament leaders with a breaking strains of 80lb to 150lb.Jigs. The essential point here is to carry a wide selection of jigs varying from 150 grams to 400 grams, especially ones that sink fast and get you into the target zone. It’s best to carry a selection of Long, Semi long and Short jigs. Common colors carried are silver, blue, green, pink and luminescent.Terminal Tackle. 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.