Popping and Jigging for Monster Fish Around the World

One of the world’s leading popping and jigging specialists shares some of his amazing catches from some of the best fishing destinations on the planet.

Yellowfin tuna — 220 pounds
Ascension Island
Shell Shaping popper
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Arguably no angler is more passionate about popping and jigging than is Sami Ghandour, an enthusiast who started Salty Water Tackle, based in Sayreville, New Jersey. The shop, which does a large mail-order business, not surprisingly specializes in popping and jigging lures, rods, reels and other gear. Its customers know that Ghandour can offer informed advice to help them make choices; his blogs from adventures all over the world reinforce that experience-based opinion. From a few of those trips to many of the planet’s best popping and jigging waters, Ghandour here shares 20 impressive images, among them catches that most of us would consider spectacular, and even more so on spinning gear. Ghandour has led many anglers on his adventures to amazing catches, which gives Ghandour “the ultimate satisfaction watching their dreams become reality.”

Feeding frenzy
Yellowfin tuna
Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama
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Giant trevally — slightly under 125 pounds
Socotra Island, between Yemen and Ethiopia
Unidentified stickbait
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Pristine Reef Fishing Grounds from the air
Raivavae, French Polynesia
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Dogtooth tuna — estimated 235 pounds
Tanzania Unidentified jig
Mady Alexiou
Hooked up to a giant trevally later estimated at 90 pounds
Southern Oman
CB One stickbait
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Napoleon wrasse
Tahanea Atoll, French Polynesia
Hot's Drift Tune jig
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Dorado (mahi)
Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama
Amergari stickbait
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Blue marlin
Between New Caledonia and Chesterfield Island
Trolling
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Humpback whale (excitement of a different kind)
On the bluefin grounds off Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Bluefish
New York
Nikita Ghandour with guide John McMurray
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Malabar grouper
Belep Island, New Caledonia
Hot's Drift Tune jig
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Green jobfish Indonesia
Unidentified jig
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Ruby snapper
Tanzania
Unidentified jigs
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Houndfish
Diego Suarez, Madagascar
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Coral trout
Raivavae, French Polynesia
Unidentified jig
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Sweetlips emperor
Raivavae, French Polynesia
Unidentified lure
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Fortune jack
Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama
CB One G2 jig
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Clown triggerfish
Madagascar
Unidentified jig
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