Fishing Trips to Distant Waters
A long-distance outing to catch a GT
My attempt to catch a GT started with an early morning departure from the marina on a day at the beginning of October. My goal was to land a GT of over 20 kg. That is the average size for GTs caught in the waters of Okinawa, but for me it would be one of the largest fish I had ever targeted. Our boat this time was the Yamaha "YF-23" fishing boat marketed in Japan, and it was powered by an "F115A" outboard motor. Because there was a typhoon approaching at the time, the waters were a bit rough, but that was no problem with the reliable Yamaha boat and engine, so we moved ahead smoothly and the ride was thoroughly enjoyable. As a warm-up, we started by making our way around fishing points not far from port. At that first spot, there was some response to the bait but no strikes, so we moved on to the next spot. There, we had little response, so we headed farther out to the next fishing point.
By the time we arrived at this third spot, I was finally used to the weight of the heavy-duty fishing tackle. It was a spot with a good tidal flow through a coral reef off the end of a small island and it was the main spot for serious fishing on this day's outing. Our hopes were high at this point. I set up my rod with a 120-gram popper and made a cast at the point. It was the moment of my third jig action on that first cast that the strike came. I caught a glimpse of a giant shadow nearing the water surface and in the next instant my rod was bent to the limit and the air was filled with the whine of the drag on my reel. I held my breath as I held on against the powerful pull and managed to keep the fish from diving for the reef. From there I reeled it in some before having to let it run again. I was nearing the limits of my physical endurance when I was finally able to land this fish, and the only way I could describe its size was indeed, giant. With a length of 132 cm and a weight of 38 kg, it far exceeded the target I was hoping for on this trip! What a successful long-distance outing! It was an experience I'm sure I will never forget in my life as an angler. I'm grateful to the fishing guide, the people at the marina and the Yamaha marine products that helped make my dream trip a success.