147 FISHING WITH POPPERS A 1,000 lb marlin is considered the ultimate catch for big gamers. Popper specialists also have a similar benchmark. It's called a GT in the Indo-Pacific, which stands for Giant Trevally: A fish way past the 50 kg mark – the dream of countless anglers. Snapper weighing up to 60 kg take over this role in the Atlantic. You may be able to hook them from a boat or from shore, but you can't always catch them. While fishing on major coastal reefs, poppers with a net weight of 100 grams and more have to be catapulted towards the horizon. The shock that is then transferred from the rod to the reel can cause the line bracket to collapse on simpler reels while the popper is still in the climbing phase. The bang that accompanies the flying bait right along with several meters of line is proof that cheap equipment can get real expensive real quick. Other criteria for choosing a reel include drag discs made of carbon that apply a force of 5-6 kp, (the force that corresponds to of 5-6 kg of pull) and that also have to achieve 20 kp during a fight. The reels also have to be able to take up at least 350 meters of braided line with a load capacity of 50-80 lb absorb and must be able to transfer the line precisely. If they don't, eventually a line coil will develop, causing many more during powerful casting. After two or three of these inextricable "bird's nests", the angler can look forward to the task of reloading the spool. The reels should be able to take in a relatively high amount of line due to resulting higher speeds while leading poppers (1.2 m per crank). In addition, the line should be wound very hard as otherwise it will snap during a fight. Few reels uncompromisingly meet all these criteria. At the time of publishing, the cream of the crop included the Shimano Stella SW18000 and the Daiwa Saltiga Z6500 H (the model with high transfer). The Penn Spinnfisher is a good option for those with a smaller budget.
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