Charter Tackle Guide

What tackle should you bring?

The easy answer is that you don’t need to bring anything if you don’t want to. We have an onboard tackle store that can cater for all your charter tackle needs, as well as an online store where you can purchase any tackle prior to your trip and have it waiting on the boat. We also have available for hire absolute top of the range light and heavy spinning outfits consisting of Shimano Stella reels and quality casting rods.

Please visit our online charter store dedicated to all the gear we use on charter. If it’s not a quality bit of kit suitable for our charters, it is not on here

However, for those wanting to bring their own gear, or purchase from our partner retail stores around Australia, here are the rods and reels that we recommend.

  • GT popping outfit with a 7’8-8ft GT popping rod matched with a stella 18000SW style reel with 100lb Jerry Brown hollow core braided line. Suitable rods would be a Swage GT80, Ripple Fisher GT79R, 78 flex or Yamaga Blue Reef 78/8
  • GT stickbat outfit with a 7’10″-8’2″ stickbait rod matched with a similar GT spinning reel with 100lb Jerry brown hollow core braid. Rod suitable would be Ripple fisher Ultimo 79MH, Ultimo 79H or GT79R
  • A lighter Spin outfit with 65lb braid matched with an 8000 or 10000 Stella size reel, the rod should be a PE5-6 rated spin rod between 7-7’6″. This outfit is used on the shallow reef flats to give you a better chance at landing the bigger fish that tend to bust us off on the 40lb outfit, and also to cast the mid range stickbaits that work well in these areas.
  • A lighter spinning rod with a stella 5000SW reel, 40lb braid, matched to a 7-7’6″ casting rod. Rods we use for this job are ether a Yamaga Blue Sniper 70/4 or a 75/4.
  • Another lighter 20lb spin rod with a 7ft casting rod is also sometimes useful for night fishing from the mothership for a bit of sport.
  • Our light 40lb spin rod can be used for Micro jigging, but we recommend to bring your own PE 2 micro jig rod in either spin or overhead with thin diameter 30lb braid such as Delux Amigo Plus 30lb. The range of Gomoku jig rods are ideal for this and are well priced.
  • Trolling outfits and gamefishing rods and reels are all provided, and there’s really no need to bring trolling rods on your trip unless you want to.

Recommended Lures & Gear

It depends what your choice of fishing style really is, and what trip you are doing, but we’ve broken down the gear required by type of fishing, so you can choose how much of each range you bring. Please note that just about everything below is available when you get to Odyssey, so you definitely do not have to bring this with you, but you might like to buy a few favourites from the below list for your trip.


Light Reef Casting Lures – we recommend single hooks fitted to all lures

  • Nomad Madscad 115 stickbait
  • DUO Aomasa Rough Trail 140 and 180 floating
  • Nomad Riptide 155
  • Salmo Sweeper 12 stickbait
  • A selection of larger 5-7″ soft plastics with 1/2oz-1.5oz jig heads on strong hooks capable of fishing 50lb braid
  • Ideal hooks are Decoy JS-1 in sizes 4/0 -5/0 for the above lures matched with Swage size XS split rings


Heavy GT/Mackerel/Tuna Casting Lures – we require single hooks fitted to all lures

  • Nomad Madscad 190 in 140g and 160g
  • Nomad Chug Norris Popper 120g
  • Nomad Maverick 133g and 140g versions
  • Nomad Riptide 175g for a larger floating surface bait
  • Nomad Cubera 125 popper
  • Nomad Dogtooth 80-150 sized stickbaits
  • Nomad Ulua 120g
  • Nomad Skipjack 150g
  • GT Ice Cream 5oz
  • Salmo Sweeper 17
  • Salmo Fatso 14
  • DUO Aomasa Rough Trail 180 floating
  • Patriot Master Bomb 155 big cup popper
  • You will need a selection of hooks – Owner Jobu 9/0, BKK 6X jig hooks in 11/0 and 12/0, Shogun Viper singles in 9/0-10/0 and a mixture of split rings in the #10-#11 category, or the swage size L


Micro Jigging

  • Swage Killer jigs 45-90g
  • Swage Flyer jigs 60-120g
  • A selection of other metal jigs in the 30-90g size
  • Assist hooks need to be strong enough to be matched with your Micro Jigging outfit, and pre rigged assist hooks are recommended.


Heavy Jigging & Soft Plastics

  • Swage Killer jigs 90-200g
  • Swage Flyer jigs up to 200g
  • Swage Tracker jigs 100-300g
  • A selection of other metal jigs in the 90-300g size range
  • A selection of soft plastics in the 7″ size range matched to 2oz and 4oz jig heads with serious strong hooks.
  • Assist hooks need to be strong enough to be matched with your Jigging outfit, and pre rigged assist hooks are recommended. Hooks such as the Shout 7/0 power assist are ideal for heavier jigging.



  • #8wt outfit with WF floating line
  • a heavy #9wt and #10wt outfit with a tropical floating line with a clear sink tip, also an intermediate sinking clear line
  • #12-13wt fr casting at red bass, coral trout, emperors and the like on the reef flats. Ideal line is either a floating with clear sink tip or an intermediate sink line in clear
  • #15wt shorter heavy rod for GTs. If you want to tease and switch GTs or have a go at a serious big fish, you’ll need this. A fast sinking line is ideal for this outfit
  • Bring plenty of spare lines!
  • For the ideal selection of flies, please email our resident fly expert Gavin Platz at Tienfly outfitters Gavin has guided for many seasons with us and knows exactly what you will need for your trip.


Top 5 must have Lures for every Nomad Trip

  • Nomad Cubera 125 popper
  • Sebile Stick Shadd 114sk
  • Nomad Chug Norris 120g
  • Nomad Dogtooth 100 stickbait
  • GT Ice Cream 5oz

These lures are all available from the Nomad Sportfishing Online store

The full range of recommended lures by species is available to see in our online store, just click the link at the top of this page to go to the store and browse by species. Alternately, you can email us and ask for specific recommendations from our guides for the reef you have chosen to visit.

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