Nomad stickbaits have really started their assault on the bluewater sportfishing scene.
Across Queensland, switched-on bluewater anglers have been using the new lures to catch saltwater gamefish including giant trevally, queenfish, coral trout, Spanish mackerel, tuna and various other types of tough saltwater predators.
The Nomad stickbaits look like a long cigar shaped piece of wood with a tow point directly on the nose of the lure. They have a slim profile that makes them dart and dive through the water.
Nomad Sportsfishing Charters are the creators behind the Nomad stickbait. Operating a guiding service with a float plane to remote reef systems, the charters ventures out to areas such as Marion, Kenn and Wreck reef.
With huge success on other types of stickbait lures on gamefish, Nomad developed the Nomad Dogtooth stickbait. Currently, they are one of the hottest lures out there and have been cleaning up with large catches of dogtooth tuna, GT, wahoo, dolphinfish, sailfish and marlin.
Some of their recent catches on this new lure include dogtooth tuna to 80kg, monster coral trout of around 20kg, triple figures of wahoo catches and loads of big GT to around 50kg.
To test them out for ourself, we took them to one of the biggest GT areas in the Whitsundays – Hook Passage.
Our plan was to cast Nomad stickbaits along a large reef point in the passage, where the edge dropped off to around 25m. We had put in around five casts when a couple of monsters charged onto the lure, pushing each other out of the way with their large muscular shoulders. One of the GT managed to find the front single hook after viciously swiping the lure a couple of times.
Once we felt pressure on the line, we set the hooks and speedily motored into the channel, attempting to pull the connected fish away from the sharp reef. The GT headed far out into the deep water with us taking turns with the rod. Eventually, after a few minutes, a good fish of around 30kg was boated – a fine stickbait capture in any bluewater anglers books.
Nomad Stickbaits cost $60 each unrigged and you will need to buy quality split rings and hooks. Nomad uses Decoy 300lb stainless-steel split rings and Owner Jobu 9/0 single hooks for their fishing charters and believe the single hooks far out-catch the trebles.
When working these stickbaits, try to get a slashing retrieve going. Snap the rod and then let the lure pause on the surface. You will notice that it will wiggle and then stop which has an extremely similar appearance to a wounded baitfish kicking around the surface. Maybe that’s the reason they are so effective!
If you want to purchase some stickbaits and try a few for yourself, visit www.nomadsportsfishing.com.au and see how your local bluewater fish like them.Reads: 3463