There is a large and bewildering range of surface lures for giant trevallies (GT) out there, and it can get a little overwhelming sometimes, especially if you’re just starting out. Thankfully, HOOKED’s photo guide is here to help you get your feet wet with the more common types of GT surface lures.
Designed to mimic large fleeing baitfish, these lures tend to be the most technically difficult to work as it is up to your skill as an angler to make the lure’s action appropriately realistic. The vast variety of stickbaits come in many different shapes and sizes, each with its own way of working. Some will dart around with a sense of urgency, some will swim in an S-like fashion, while others create a crazy trail of bubbles as it twists and spirals through the water. Of all the surface lures, they tend to have the best bite rates due to their lifelike action, but you will similarly have little to no control over the types of fish that rise to the bait. However, they can be difficult to work in rough weather as both action and bubble trail may go unnoticed due to the choppy condition of the sea.
Requiring strength and endurance to work, poppers are designed to attract fishes through colour, sound and explosive force. These lures come in a huge variety of sizes, with the small ones being under 50g and the larger ones well over 200g. Bigger is better if what you’re after is a large fish as the cup of the popper will scoop and displace water each time it is towed through the water: this, in turn, will scare away the smaller fish leaving only the bigger specimens to mess with your lure. Be warned, however: casting and working a heavy popper is very tiring work. It is important to know your own limits, especially if your fishing trip spans several days.
Something like a cross between a floating stickbait and a popper, pencil poppers have a slimmer and longer profile when compared to regular poppers. Thanks to its being tail-weighted, these lures can be cast further with greater ease compared to both stickbaits and poppers. They are also exceedingly easy to work, even in choppy waters, but lack both the explosive power of a popper and the lifelike action of a stickbait.
Sinking stickbaits are worked in much the same way that a stickbait but, being denser, will tend to sink. These lures can be an effective option when your target fishes are not taking any of your other surface lures. While not technically a surface lure, the action and mechanism is similar enough that any distinction tends to be academic. Being a subsurface lure, however, sinking stickbaits tend to lack the visual appeal that other surface lures will give you when a fish strikes it.