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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

The best fishing spot? Southern Oman - much more than monster GT popping

By John Cahill - Ebb Tide Tackle

Having returned around 3 months ago from the April 2019 Reef Raiders trip to No Boundaries Oman I thought I might now be ready to pull together a trip report!  All good things take time yeah?

Reef Raiders is always a rad trip, the fishing dishes up what it want's, but the crew are always very chill and good anglers, I always say it's the hottest ticket in GT popping.  This year was an extended line up:

Ed Nicholas - No Boundaries
Ang Nicholas - CEO and boss of No Boundaries
Hixon and Phoenix (young Ed Nicholas clones)
Chrissek Fishek - the incognito and unsuspecting GT tragic from the UK
Orkatz Amegari - the famous Spanish lure craftsman
Ricardo Laferia - angler of note, fashionista and Jamon Serrano supplier to the masses
Justin Cypher - father of Flynn and all round legend
Flynn Cypher - the Saltwater Prodigy
Seth Hartwick - My Man! and also possibly the most travelled angler of modern times
Nate Tsao - the 808 Permit guy
Lydia Cahill (my wife and CEO of me) and me.

April in Southern Oman unashamedly has a big reputation for producing some of the best monster GT fishing for the year.  The Reef Raiders trips are always designed around that but on this occasion proved that in fishing there are absolutely no guarantees.  The fishing report from the week before showed some reasonable but inconsistent fishing with a bite that appeared to be waning, to be honest it didn't look great.  Lets get straight to the fact's, we did not score a decent GT despite a fairly talented and experienced crew, who would have thought that?! Well the fact is if you know fishing, yeah it's possible, and if you fish GT's long enough it will happen, I have seen it a few times now where GT's despite being present, just will not eat!  Well we did get one good bite; Justin got demo'd by a monster fish that quickly destroyed his 130lbs braid soon after impact, but that was the sole decisive action by a GT all week!  Despite it being tough, fishing in Southern Oman always has it's moments that leave lasting impressions, mine was the last day when a GT the size of a small car lazily followed Orkatz lure to the boat before gliding away, it was simply immense and provides all the desire and inspiration I need for the next 12 months, it was easily the biggest geet I have ever seen in almost 10 years of chasing them
The fish of the season and  at 67 kilo's the 2nd biggest ever GT ever at NB's well done Mo! Fell to an Amegari Urpekari
Before moving on with the report proper, it's worth pontificating at why the GT fishing was tough perhaps.  We were fishing over the full moon period, not necessarily every anglers favorite time, however the raging current so loved by GT's in good force, I suggest this was not the issue, but a greater issue was present that was the likely culprit, super warm water temperature, in fact it was over 30 degree's.  This is 3 to 4 degree's hotter than normal for S.O. for this time of year and was seen as the most likely scapegoat.  Southern Oman has had two major cyclones in 2019 and they seemed to have really mucked around the norms and predictability of this season.  Days after our trip ended the water turned over and dropped in temp the same amount it had risen, resulting in one of the most insane bites all year. with multiple 60kg fish in one session alone including an almost record breaking 67 kilo fish for Captain Mighty Mo (see pic above)!  Those are the breaks.

The queen with her queen.  Ed is not the only angler in the Nicholas household, Ange holds her own 
There are two schools of thought on what to do when a bite is this tough.  One is to push on and keep throwing the big lures to the last drift in an all or nothing do or die approach, as all you need is that 'one bite', to turn a trip around, or accept it's unlikely to happen and look at the other options available.  Among the crew both approaches were adopted and hats off to the guys who popped to the last drift, I respect that commitment.  I went for a bit of both, it's soul destroying heavy popping for 6 days without a sniff and their are so many quality fish to catch aside from GT's.
That is a lot of $$ in premium topwater tackle
For me this meant a fair bit of PE3 and PE1 casting from the shore and the boats, which always produces some amazing action on a huge range of species both inshore and out at the fabled islands, lucky I had brought along way too many lures for just this.  Prior to the trip, I had been encouraged by Nate and Flynn to bring the fly rod as a back up for some shoreline work.  No Boundaries have been forging a new fishery for saltwater fly with some amazing captures over the last year or so so it was worth packing for sure, but saltwater fly is a relatively new thing for me, so expectations were low in the fluff chucking stakes from my end.
About as rare of a double as you may ever hope to find - Omani bream and mahi

Big queenie on GT gear for Lydia
Onto the fishing -
Around the time we were working out that GT's were being super hard we were also working out other things, firstly the same water temp we were complaining about for the GT's, was the same warm water that brought with it a plague of dorado both inshore and in oceanic waters.  They were in big numbers and size, and I was lucky to score my biggest ever bull in a double hookup off a piece of floating rubbish with Flynn, PB number one for the trip for me.  Every session mahi were caught on top water and one day I counted nearly 20 good sized fish in ones and two's all day long.  The warm water seemed to make the ever popular spangled emperor a little quieter than normal but they were still there for the taking if you wanted to risk your lure sinking it down a little more than normally is required.
Some impressive topwater dollies!

I swear if they grew to 20 kilos you would not stop them!
As a by-catch while GT fishing I managed to nail an impressive size Maori sea perch on GT tackle, a new species for me so obviously a PB.  I have wanted one of these for years so to finally fulfil that species was incredible.  It nearly didn't happen after looking at the leader, I was well buried in the reef but things managed to hold together just and I dragged him from his hole, whilst it didn't appear to be the most powerful fish he certainly knew where home was.

 A new species for me - Maori Sea Perch
A bit out of odds with the time of year, there were some cracking gold spot trevally on some reefs, these dirty fighters awesome sport on PE3 and the cause of plenty of reefings unless you were completely brutal on them, I was lucky to score a quality class fish on the PE3 tackle which resulted in PB number three for me, winning on the non GT front!  Equally at odds with the gold spot was the sighting of a few very large amberjack found cruising the GT reefs completely at odds for the time of year when they usually retreat for the depths.  These fish were not interested in feeding at all and actually fled when they saw a lure, weird things were happening I swear, when fish are off, they stink.  The inshore bream fishing was outstanding, with packs of black backed bruisers charging up to smash poppers and small sticks, they were simply ravenous and great fun. 
Absolute pit bulls - big gold spot trevally causing havoc
This is where it all takes a slight twist away from a conventional top water trip report.  Walking the shore on the islands with a flyrod in hand is unfamiliar to me and frankly I feel half naked, so I had a PE10 popping rod for good measure in case a beast GT turned up.  Nate taught me that I needed to look close, in fact a lot closer to find the wrasse and parrots we were now targeting.  His advice of 'look for what looks to be a blue plastic bag in the water' was spot on.  I soon started to make a few casts and when I wasn't tangling myself up or whacking a crab pattern fly into the back of my head I managed to land a few casts in the water.  After some time I even managed to land in the right spot and to my delight I even had a few broomtail wrasse eagerly eat.  Over the next day or two short sessions with the fly rod saw black tip trevally and to by delight a feisty tippet shredding spango, yew!  Nate and Flynn are a lot more adept with the long wand than me, and added some impressive wrasse, parrots, hog fish and the holy grail, a permit to the tally, forever more Nate with be #thepermitguy in our eyes. 
Arabian permit - Nate was always going to wear one down - legend

Beautiful Dhofar parrot for Flynn on fly 
Check those chompers on the hog fish
Yep this was a different Reef Raiders in terms of the fishing, but nothing lacked in terms of the fun, shenanigans and solid banter.  If you fish long enough you will have a trip where the fish don't do what the script says, having a crew like ours though, that simply accept this as the ebb and flow of fishing, the oceans and the fact 'you can't always make them eat' and not get sad on it, enjoy the ride!

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Lew's Reels - What's inside matters!

Lew's Reels - What's inside matters!

Lew's fishing reels have brilliant & sensational functional features. Let's take a quick look at what makes them such good value baitcast reels and suited to our Australian fishing needs!

Lew's Performance Features

Gears: Backbone of your reel

If your reel doesn't have a solid gearing foundation, the rest of the build around it is nothing but fluff. Lew's don't mess around and the Lew's Speed Gears are designed and built for brilliant performance from a main gear in a reel! Coupled with the Lew's P2 Super Pinion gear, which delivers better stability, more contact area & smoother operation than standard reels out there. This means longer life and stronger internals in your reel!

Images: Lew's 2019 Product Catalogue

Bearings: The smooth operator

Bearings aren't just there to make the reel feel nice. Free flowing spools and long casts don't happen without quality bearings. Lew's reel use double shielded stainless steel bearings. This delivers the best of both worlds, delivering great all round performance, protection from the dirt, weed, sludge and muck that penetrates a normal bearing and all keeping the cost at a great price for you!

Cast brakes: The precise edge of over-run protection

Lew's employ a range of braking systems in their models. All braking systems are fully adjustable, from standard level magnetic braking systems that can be fully controlled (even back to total free spool), right through to premium variably centrifugal braking systems that have 27 different braking combinations. The best bit, these are easily adjusted and the reel does the hard work! In a nutshell, whatever braking system the reel is fitted with, you get quiet and smooth casting control that doesn't cut off casting distance.

Lew's Clever Trick Additions!

Thinking about the angler and delivering extra clever tricks that make life more enjoyable is what Lew's do best. Check out these for a couple of brilliant features!

Speed Dial

There is nothing worse than forgetting the breaking strain of the line on your reel, especially if you own multiples of the same reel and the braid looks similar. Lew's have solved this! Just adjust the Lew's Speed Dial to easily identify the line type and weight on the reel!
Image: Lew's 2019 Product Catalogue

Speed Keeper

We love this! The Speed Keeper is a built in hook keeper, on the reel! No more damaged rod blanks, cut up grips or scratched up reels. Easy to use, just flick it out from the reel body, use it, and then flick it back in to the reel when not in use!

Winn Grips

Comfort plus! The unique Winn Grips found on selected Lew's reel models deliver soft cushioned performance and feeling over long periods of time. Plus, they stay grippy in cold and wet conditions! Ideal for chasing Murray Cod during the depths of winter. Plus, you can get individual grips to customise your reels as needed!

There are many unique features on Lew's reels in the range. Be sure to check each of them out at https://www.ebbtidetackle.com/lews/ or drop a comment below with any questions you have on these award winning reels that are taking Australia by storm!

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Megabass Magdraft - our favorite soft swimbait for Murray Cod

Megabass Magdraft - our favorite soft swimbait for Murray Cod

Beast! At 125cm's this cod makes a 10inch Magdraft look like a snack
Soft plastic swimbaits aren't new, but the cat is well and truly out of the bag with the Megabass Magdraft! Magdraft is making it's presence known with some impressive and very regular Murray cod captures in a range of situations.  We first started using this bait a few years ago (2016 we think) where it dominated on a trip to Copeton.  Since then it has been a staple in our tackle bags and gets a fair bit of time in the water, I guess you call that a confidence bait from our perspective, but for we know it takes a long time for the cod community to accept a product as a staple when so many pieces of gear are touted as must haves day in day out.

Afternoon nugget from working an 8inch Magdraft deep through vertical timber


REALISTIC & SIZED TO DELIVER

In simple terms the Magdraft swim is very realistic, it puts out a solid tail thump at slow speed combined with an enticing body roll, this is the optimum speed you should seek to replicate for the most part with some pauses along the way.  It's soft construction allows it to be inhaled deeply as it folds readily.
Murray Cod of all sizes inhale Magdraft deep!
Available in a range of swimbait sizes, the Magdraft is moulded around an internal wire and weight harness that incorporates a nifty magnet to secure the stock treble in place against the bait.  There is also a slot in the plastic for a more secure less snaggy configuration, this design is what is known as the Maghold system.  It should be said that this design is very strong and I could not imagine a 6, 8 or 10 inch failing on a cod, the 5 inch version is probably a little small and lightly built for big muzzas however.  The bait features some other cool designs, like the Megabass 3D eye and a carefully designed fin system to prevent the bait swimming off keel.

Magdraft Range Available at Ebb Tide Tackle

5" Magdraft: 5" (127mm) long & 3/4oz (22g) Rigged with #4 Megabass Treble
6" Magdraft: 6" (150mm) long & 1.25oz (35g) Rigged with #1 Megabass Treble
8" Magdraft: 8" (200mm) long & 3.1oz (88g) Rigged with #1/0 Megabass Treble
10" Magdraft: 10" (250mm) long & 6.2oz (175g) Rigged with #2/0 Megabass Treble
This healthy cod is hooked on the stock hook and added stinger


My favorite size is the 8 inch for a number of personal preferences, however all have their place in the kit.  The 6 inch at only 35g is an awesome bait to use in quieter or shallow backwaters as it sinks fairly slowly or in crystal clear head water situations.  It's perfect to skip it under willows or run along shallow lay downs and weed beds, with this size please make sure you upgrade the stock trebles. We upgrade with the Shout Treble 21 in 1 or 1/0 size. The 8 inch at 88g is perfect as a crossover size between river and lake applications with the big 10 inch at 175g is at home in our big lakes, think Eildon, Copeton, Blowering and Burrenjuck; we fish them deep and slow.
Cod on the larger 10 inch Magdraft
Fishing Magdraft at night is deadly 

HOOK UPS & RIGGING

We have enjoyed a great hook up rate for the most part, but have missed the odd hookset, possibly from smaller fish.  We have played around with a variety of stinger hook configurations and have found that if you want to add a stinger, you are better off placing it under the bait to keep the bait from becoming unbalanced, keep the hook small and ,make sure what you do doesn't prevent that natural body roll which is key to how a Magdraft get's so many bites.  See below for our favorite way to put a stinger on one using 60lbs single strand wire and a haywire twist, we stole this method from the knowledgeable dudes at Tactical Bassin' in the states and in no way claim it as our idea, we just adapted it to suit the Magdraft in our local conditions.

Another little trick we use sometimes if the water is dirty or we aren't sure we are making enough commotion is to add a chatter bait blade, this then changes the bait entirely. This gives a unique edge and stay tuned!

60lbs single strand wire, with the 1 inch long tag end of the Haywire twist used to embed it in the bait

We carry the entire size ranges of the Megabass Magdraft and rate it highly as our go to option on many occasions. Please feel free to Click through here to the webstore to shop Magdraft or check out the colour ranges available!





   

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Lew's Reels making a splash in Australia!


Lew’s Reels making a splash in Australia!

So you’re on the prowl for a new baitcast reel? Are you scanning through Google reviews, Facebook groups and asking around your fishing mates as to what is the latest and greatest?

Lew’s reels have been part of the bass fishing mainstream in the USA for over 50 years, yet are relatively new to Australia. These reels are well suited to Australian fishing situations, with models to cover everything from hard core top end saltwater barramundi fishing to models that will throw a 300mm swimbait in freezing conditions searching for that 130cm Murray Cod or deliver finesse performance while hopping a vibe for trophy bass or yellowbelly. Lew’s have already become well established on the Australian Bass Tournament circuits and the many Aussie fishos are pricking their ears up and raising an eyebrow. These reels are damm good value for the money.

What makes Lew’s different?

As the Lew’s motto rolls ‘Feel The Difference’. These reels sit in hand, mount on your rod and feel like they really should be dramatically more expensive. Once you get one on the water and fish with it, you know why they are now taking on a decent portion of the US market. Lew’s reels are extremely reliable and deliver premium performance at a great price compared to the others out there. The company prides itself on reels that are ‘engineered with superior components for unequalled performance’.

Lew’s reels are built from four base design groups (or platfroms) and there are many different model ranges within each of these platforms. In a nutshell, the chassis (or platform) the reels are built around can be broken down as follows;

 SLP platform: Super Low Profile.

Baitcast reels designed with a low centre of gravity, super compact in hand and on rod, an innovative 32mm diameter spool that starts and accelerates faster without compromising power or performance. Using only the best Magnesium, Titanium or Aluminium as construction materials.

Lew's SLP Model Reels: 
Team Lew’s Pro-Ti, Team Lew’s Hyper Mag, Team Lew’s Custom Pro,



LFS Platform: Lighter, Faster, Stronger.


Tough Aluminium frame that houses a 34mm aluminium spool. Small profile, reduced weight design in comparison to other metal frame reels on the market. Designed as a great balance between rugged strength and high end performance.
Lew's LFS Model Reels:
Lew’s Tournament Pro, Team Lew’s LITE, Lew’s Inshore, Tournament MB, Lew’s Speed Spool

 Super Duty Family: Big Bait Dreams are answered!

Built for big lures, big fish & heavy cover! Built to be tough without any sacrifice on casting or performance. Aluminium frame & aluminium handle sideplate to prevent torque when under pressure. High strength precision CNC solid brass gears for long lasting durability & smoothness. Perfect for swimbaits, huge crankbaits & big time performance!
Lew's Super Duty Model Reels

Super Duty 300, Super Duty Wide, Super Duty G


BB1 Platform: Original Lew’s innovation

Original reel platform developed in the 1970’s. First reel to have low profile design EVER!, fully disengaging level wind, smooth side cover for reel palming. Durable & comfortable. Historical performer that still delivers modern day performance.
BB1 Reels: BB1 Pro Speed Spool, BB1 Speed Spool




From these 4 unique platforms discussed above, Lew's reels are designed and built to suit specific styles of fishing and deliver unique performance. There are a huge range of features within each range of models that deliver benefits, from specific gearing designs to braking and also handy identification measures on reels in the range that set Lew's apart from the rest.

Next we will take a look at some of the unique features that make Lew's the step above! Stay tuned to our blog!


Want to see more?

Feel free to head over and explore the Lew’s Reels range https://www.ebbtidetackle.com/reels/ or drop us a line if you have any questions on anything at all! We have been using Lew’s reels for several years and have given them a serious run.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Gearing Up For Your Southern Oman Expedition Part Two - Light Tackle and Everything Else


Gearing Up For Your Southern Oman Expedition Part Two - Light Tackle and Everything Else

By John Cahill

Following on from our Oman GT Tackle guide -

As promised all too long ago, here is the guide so many have asked us for each year, we are pleased to finally deliver it for you.  With 11 trips to Southern Oman between the team, and quite a few of those during the amazing early season light tackle bonanza, we are well placed to make some solid tackle recommendations for this aspect of your No Boundaries adventure regardless of what season you go.  This is what works for us, and is backed up as gear we represent for the most part.

PE1 permit on stickbait, not many places this happens!
Straight up lets get it on table, most people fly to No Boundaries for the biggest GT's on earth, fact.  But what many fail to take in until they get to experience it, is how good  (off the charts!) all the other fishing is there.  There are literally many world record class fish there across so many species.

There are four distinct 'light tackle' fishing styles we have experienced there;
1. bream and other species along the mainland cliffs,
2. baitball casting along the mainland beaches, (the domain of slender profile sinking sticks)
3. offshore jigging for AJ's, and
4. applying a light tackle methodology over the offshore GT reefs.

All these methods are awesome on their day!
Omani bream, one of the best things to eat a popper, ever!
A brief explanation about the seasons and what is the typical fish movement at NB's is warranted before we go too deep into the actual tackle.  Southern Oman is subject to an annual 'Kahreef' (monsoon) between approximately early May until mid September which makes fishing impossible.  Come late September when the sea's abate typically there is an abundance of bait (most noticeably a significant sardine run), cooler water than later in the season and an abundance of 'early season' species that become less available as the water warms such as amberjack, bluefish, golden and gold spot trevally.  Of course there are the resident all year round species that pop up at any time, more so if you specifically target them such as spangled emperor, the revered Omani bream, queenfish, diamond trevally, African permit, various groupers, dorado, bonito, mackerel and long tail tuna black tip and big eye trevally.  This not a comprehensive list, just the most common species encountered!

Aside from GT tackle, I always take these two outfits as a minimum, a PE1 to 2 casting and a PE 3 casting.
Early season I will add a PE4 or 5 casting specifically for big AJ's and a PE3/4 jigging outfit.  It really isn't 'light tackle' but it is a hell of a lot lighter than the GT gear!
One of S.Omans greatest light tackle prizes! The stunning diamond trevally.
Here is a guide to the set ups and the species you use them for;
(Click the product links to view extra information on the store)

PE 1 (as light as you might go) or PE2 (probably better unless very experienced).

Rods: This is the specialist Omani bream outfit and anything else that jumps on while targeting them!  At this time I do not have a perfect rod for this, each time I take something different and my search continues, watch this space with a project underway.
Reel: I have used the following reels and all have been excellent - Shimano Stella SW4000, Shimano Stella 3000 FE/FJ and Megabass Gaus 30X. A smooth strong drag is the prerequisite.
Leader: Mono in 30 or 40lbs
Lures: Being a bream specialist outfit, poppers are king as this species loves them!  The most famous and often regarded as the best bream popper is the Tackle House Contact Feed popper in 100 or 120mm. Other great options include the Blaze Garage Saththa 20g popper and the Heru Skipjack 30g.  There are also some amazing protos that have not yet hit the market (standby for that) that have performed very well.
Bream will also actively eat stick baits, we have had good success with the Jack Fin Pelagus 90S, ASWB SS25, Jack Fin Salty Dog 100, Bassday Bungycast and Blaze Garage Burn 20LS. We are working on a variety of prototypes we hope to show you in the future.  Don't forget the awesome hybrid Megabass Kagelou124.

Rainbow Runners so large they become awesome sportfish!
PE3 (the most universal 'light tackle' outfit you will use in S.O.) and if you don't want to invest in a bunch of gear you may not use again, then PE3 is the most versatile, you can do bream at a pinch and you can do the heavier stuff as well but might be under gunned,  PE3 is essential and this line class is our first choice for all the other species bar the bigger amberjack essentially.  PE3 is the go to for baitball casting so it really is very versatile.

Rods: ASWB Indian Pacific Elsea PE3 and Yamaga Blanks Blue Sniper 77/3 are our two favourites.
Reels: Shimano Stella 5000 / 6000 or Daiwa equivalent.
Leader: Mono in 60 or 80lbs
Lures: Amegari Flavie 130, Jack Fin Pelagus 90S, Jack Fin Stylo 210, Bassday Bungycast, CB One Ryan 130, Orion Mr Joe, Megabass Konosirus can be good also for getting a bit deeper.

Massive bluefish are a blast on tackle up to PE3
Mahi are always in good supply and show awesome speed and jumping skills on light gear

Early season see's so many trevally species in big numbers
PE4 or 5 is our specialist amberjack outfit - for when the big boys want to eat on top - casting lures up to 80g or so or, if you light to go a tad heavier generally across the board.
Rods: ASWB Indian Pacific Elsea PE5
Reels: Shimano Stella 8000 HG / XG or Daiwa equivellant.
Leader: Mono in 80 or 100lbs
Lures: Jack Fin Pelagus 165S and  Pelagus 165F, Amegari Flavie 130 and 150 in S
and F, Amegari Lingo, Amegari Leen 145FS, Heru Wahoo 60 / 80g, Megabass Or Poi, ASWB SS40, ASWB SS80, ASWB SS90ii, ASWB SS65, Tackle House Contact Britt, CB One Ryan 130, Blaze Garage Burn 50LS, CB One Zorro 160/180, CB One Ozma and finally the Strategic Angler Mikros S and F.  If you love a popper, we would recommend Tackle House Contact Feed 150, Blaze Garage Saththa 60 or 90, Reefs Edge 40, Heru Tuna 60, Heru Skipjack 40, 60 or 90 and Heru Cubera 60 or 80


Jigging is very underdone in Oman and is typically only given a run at time when the top water bite has gone slow and even then usually only early season but you should always carry a jig rod!  There have been some simply amazing jigging captures including bonefish, permit, diamond trevally and horse AJ's among many others.  Note, we are one trick ponies when it comes to jigging, slow pitch would (and does) absolutely kill it if that is your thing.
Rods: Mechanical jigging overhead or spin of your choice 5'10 to 6' med fast action PE 3 / 5
Reels: Too many options to mention depending on overhead or spin reel preference.
Line: PE4 (3 to 5 at the heavier end is the range, 4 is about perfect)
Leader: Mono in 80 or 100lbs.
Jigs: small to medium profile jigs suited to a medium to fast mechanical jig speed style such as CB One D3 Semi Long, G2, and in the Shout line up - Lighten, Shiver, Shab Shab (especially for AJ's),  Weights are up to 150g.

Off top or on the jig, amberjack are the best thing about early season
As far as line we favor YGK Castman WX8 across the board, it is available in 300m or 100m jointed spools (you choose how much line you want in joined 100m intervals), we love it and it has served us well, in fact I first started using it back in 2012 and after trying plenty of brands came back to it.  We have also been getting good results from Shout! Sasame PE Premium.
For leader, we love Fisherman Super Stealth Shock Leader and YGK Galis Castman Absorber

For terminals, we have been Shout! fans since forever, using the Curve Point trebles for all our treble use except heavy GT fishing.  The Shout! Curve Point 21's are a medium gauge treble suited to the smallest lures and the Shout! Curve Point T31's more robust but heavier.  They are ridiculously sharp, and the Curve point looks after your lures (less rash) and once they go in they rarely come out.  I really like using the Shout Ringed Kudakos for light casting also, it's reassuring to have singles on small lures for when big fish climb on.

How many lures should you bring is a question we get asked often, most losses seem to occur during light tackle fishing to be honest, especially if the shari and gold spot are rampant.  I would look at taking 15 lures as a minimum, the worst thing will be it's easy to lose the one or two lures that are slaying, and you are left trying to find something that will do the job, that is up to you, your budget and luggage allowance, thankfully these small lures don't weigh much.

As an end note, Southern Oman has a fast emerging fly fishing scene, who knows, one day there might be part 3, the fly guide!  Tight lines all.

View all the products discussed and more through our online store and website at www.ebbtidetackle.com