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Steve Pitts found this excellent, comprehensive collection of articles on the web - http://andreapellegrini.com/best-on-web/ - and posted it against a specific thread regarding the Maldives. Many Thanks Steve.

Was just keen not to lose it. Perhaps others could also, in time, add to this thread?
 

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Hi Dave,

I am sure it is an informative link - will definitely take a look at it when the internet allows! Andrea is a Smith Ltd representative, so perhaps a little orientated towards this - that said, i am a fan of the brand! We exchanged a few e-mails - he was out at Latham fairly recently with Jason and Mady - he had a number of good fish - in part why I have chosen to go myself in October (sneaking it in before the PEI trip!) - there must be a 100 lb plus dogtooth with my name on it...here's hoping..!

Another very informative site for links on popping gear and techniques, is GTpopping.com - an Ozzie site, but with a number of very informative and detailed accounts of tackle/technique etc - especially by Brandon Khoo..

Regards, Marc.
 

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Oops, I did indeed manage to take a look at the link to which you refer, and I see it is, in essence a 'cut and paste' from the GTpopping website, and major contributors such as Brandon and Luke. I do believe it is one of the most informative sites for those interesting in popping - largely for GT's of course, but a number of other species are discussed.

The guidance reports by Brandon et al are very good - one small comment which I would make is it is easy to be a little 'intimidated' looking at such reports - a large amount of the brands/tackle which is referred to is fairly 'bespoke', and it can be debated whether it is truly necessary to invest such large amounts of money on the specialist popping (or indeed jigging..) tackle. I definitely believe high end 'industry standard' reels such as the Stella's / Saltiga's are a worthwhile investment for those that plan to go on such trips regularly, and they also 'hold value' well in the event that one wants to sell. The rods - well, I can't dispute the recommendations made – indeed, I have the first rod mentioned in the ‘medium’ popping rod category – the RippleFisher 79R, and it has served me well, including livebaiting for black’s. However, it can be debated whether it is truly necessary to spend such amounts of money on tackle – true, in general you get what you pay for, but when it comes to specialized items – for example Fisherman rods, it I suppose boil’s down to a matter of personal taste, and also the ‘collector’ value. I have a custom Fisherman with the ‘more specialized’ components to which Brandon refer’s – gold cermet guides for example, which add a couple of hundred dollars alone to the cost of a rod; yes, it looks good, but whilst it is a great rod, I can’t say I would recommend it ahead of one half the price – a Smith AMJ for example, to the majority or people for who popping/jigging is a more occasional pastime. Indeed, even with disposable cash, some models/brands like the Carpenter Coral Viper rods are still hard to track down.. Similarly, it can be debated whether the once hard to find more bespoke Japanese poppers such as the Shell Shaping lures (now available from some American outlets – Saltywater tackle / Sami Ghandour’s shop for example) are ‘ worth the money’ ahead of more modestly priced versions. In essence, if one draws a comparison to pheasant shooting in UK, you can ask yourself does owning a Holland and Holland really improve your success rate – in other words, how much of the sport is about the ‘collecting’ and how much is about the practicality of it..I suppose it is ultimately up to the angler to decide! Where you choose to fish, and in what terrain does definitely influence your decision though, plus the obvious factor of budget. Of course good terminal tackle is not something which one should compromise on when targetting trophy fish, especially given the relative expense of going to far flung destinations..

..Just my ‘personal thoughts’..

RF.
 

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Alas, your observations are just as true, and the symptoms just as bad, in other types of fishing. Do you get guys that collect those custom poppers and refuse to use them because they're "too beautiful to fish"?
 

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Yes, I am sure the 'collector instinct' pervades other forms of fishing as well - I am always amazed to see custom rods with Abalone shell in-lay's, stingray or reptile leather grips...and so on..! The customization of a reel with an upgraded drag system is one thing, but to buld a rod which as you correctly say, may get little use and is purely 'to be admired' - well, it takes all type's I suppose! I suppose that old adage 'beauty lies in the eye of the beholder' still holds true in fishing as it does in other aspects of life..!
 

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@ RF - I seem to agree with almost all the stuff you write!
The reel is something that I must say I have been happy to spend money on. I have a Stella which is 3 years old and is a delight every time I pick it up. If I was using a cheeper reel I would have used/ repaired a Stradic every year.
on a good fish it is a pleasure knowing how hard you can push it.
My rod is relatively a lot cheeper and has taken everything I have thrown at it - it has more than paid for itself and I wouldn't begrudge replacing it when it goes.
 

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like wise although you dont have to spend mega bucks on an outfit dispite what Luke might say.
I paid £600 for a Black Hole Cape Cod Special 86N Rod and a Shimano sw twinpower 12000 hg.
Although this may seem a lot you can pay over a 1,000 bucks for a Carpenter rod and nearly £1000
for a Stella.
 

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Yes, I am sure the 'collector instinct' pervades other forms of fishing as well - I am always amazed to see custom rods with Abalone shell in-lay's, stingray or reptile leather grips...and so on..! The customization of a reel with an upgraded drag system is one thing, but to buld a rod which as you correctly say, may get little use and is purely 'to be admired' - well, it takes all type's I suppose! I suppose that old adage 'beauty lies in the eye of the beholder' still holds true in fishing as it does in other aspects of life..!
:) When I retired from the RN I bought 3 things with my gratuity I'd always wanted but couldn't afford. 1. An English shotgun (Army&Navy SLE). 2. A custom built beach rod (Zziplex Dream Machine GS Special Match).
3. A custom built 30lb boat rod (Fenwick blank with AFTCO rollers). The shotgun I've used a few times on invited days. The beach rod I used frequently for over 25 years and recently sold it for what I paid for it. The boat rod I've never used as it was "too good to use", the workmanship was superb. I'll probably match it with a 2 speed Accurate and leave it to one of my Grand children. There is immense pleasure in owning something beautiful, even if you just own it and never use it. Sad Git I know but we're all human and have foibles. Just to add, my favourite gun now is my Beretta 627 20 bore, does most things in normal game shooting, only use a 12 bore for wild fowling and foxes. :)
 
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