Tuna and game fish are highly sought after in Tasmania for their fighting ability and size so every component of your fishing gear has to be able to withstand the test of the fight and be easy to use. Gear to consider include the rod and reel, line, swivels, leader material, hooks, lures, harnesses and gimbals as well as your knots and crimps connecting them together.
When selecting the fishing gear do some research, talk to the tackle shops, get in touch with fishing clubs, and search the internet and any books and magazines.
Rods and reels
Most tackle shops have combination packages of rods and reels. These combos are set up to handle specific weight or breaking strain of fishing line. The most commonly used in Tasmania are 10, 15, 24 and 37 kilogram line classes. The line is usually a monofilament and the weight has to suit these rods and reels.
The higher the breaking strain of the line, the quicker the retrieval rate can be and therefore decrease the time taken to land the fish.
The terminal equipment which is the means of attaching the lure to the end of the main line is made up of a swivel, a leader (heavier breaking strain line), crimps and knots holding them together, the lure and the hook.
Lures come in two types, skirted soft body for surface fishing and hard body for diving or surface fishing. They are available in a diverse range of colours, size and shapes. The current trend is to replace the trebles with high quality single hooks to make it easier to unhook the fish and to reduce the risk to the fisher.
Lures are usually set in a staggered "V" formation within the strike zone which is from the back of the boat to the end of the wash. The diving lures are set close to the stern of the boat so they run just under the wash and the soft bodies further back so they skip and dive.
Trolling speed should be kept at a constant speed around 7-8 knots.
Any gaff should be made of metal and have permanent grips to prevent the pole from slipping. It should be a sufficient length to be able to reach a fish that is alongside the boat and have a gaff hook of sufficient size to hook the size of fish caught. You should only use a gaff if you intend to take the fish home.