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How do permit and giant trevally compare?

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A few years ago saltwater fishing didn't appeal to me but the more I talk to those who have done it and read about it, I am now greatly intrigued by it. The appeal of bones is a no brainer...but permit and GT don't live together. So it sounds like you need to pick bones as a main quarry with either permit or GT as an incidental catch (yeah, that phrase sounds weird to me too).

So how do the two compare for chasing with fly rods?
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GT >100#s, big permit ~30-40#s

i was with a guy who was fishing with 10" pencil poppers, 30# mono, HUGE penn saltwater spinning reel, 6' ugly stick, he got spooled with the drag screwed shut, pop. GT are very tough on a fly rod, very tough. hooking one is little consequence as most often you can't control their running. couple that with their habitat of reefs full of coral and more than likely you will end up with cut offs.

a big eye travally i managed to land weighted in at not quite 17#s and took me down to, literally, 4 wraps of backing left on my reel. that is 105' of fly line + 250yds of backing under 3#s of drag, non stop run, exciting.
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