Planning a fishing-reunion trip to Oman in November next year, hoping to get into some Gt's etc. I am new to this brutal type of fishing, so I am looking to collect some appropriate gear to handle these fish and lures. Have you used this rod for GT's in Oman? I have a 20000SW Saragosa reel, will that work you think? Can you use poppers & stickbaits w this rod?