Setup for yellowtail and yellowfin off San Diego?
I am interested in getting a setup for short 1-1.5 day trips off San Diego mainly for yellowfin tuna and yellowtail. And anything else that might randomly show up!
What kind of gear do you guys recommend?
I am thinking about an Avet SX or MXJ (2-speed?) with 30# spectra + mono topping. With a Calstar or Seeker?
Will this be enough for my purposes?
Last edited by kzhlin; 04-24-2011 at 06:10 PM.
I would go for the slightly larger MXL with 50lb or 65lb spectra backing with 25-30lb topshot... Can't go wrong with either the calstar or seeker. I would look into the Phenix as well. Really nice sticks.
Last edited by E man; 04-24-2011 at 07:55 PM.
I agree with E......and 65 lb is generally the "standard" spectra to use when backing 20-40 lb mono topshot....
Originally Posted by E man
Yup. Forget the Phenix but look hard at the Seekers. Sweet sticks! 30 topshot can be changed to 20 if need be (and the later into the season it goes, the greater the need)
Originally Posted by E man
yeah great point Marley
Originally Posted by Marley
if ure only going to have ONE rod to fish brother....id purchase some "topshot" spools of 20, 25, 30, and 40...just in case they get line shy, or some bigger fish charge the boat...
its so hard with just one rod..hopefully you can get ureself a "set" eventually brother...
good luck man
if you can take at least 2 set ups.i had a lighter setup and 40lb in case we got into bigger fish.my last time.i hookup more than anyone using a my lighter 20lb top shot leader.had no problem ,with the size fish we caught.i didnt have to throw the bigger rig.of course if the fish are bigger better have the right size tackle....
light-med to med-hvy setup w/ 7-8' 50 or 65lb spetra backing with 25 or 30lb top shot
live bait needed floroucarbon leader in case shy bit
med hvy to hvy setup w/ 7' 65lb spectrak backing with 40 or 50lb top shot
yo-yo or hvy iron jig or any wfo albackore or tuna pop in opening
the sporties frown on the spectra for tuna fishin, as it is difficult in tangles compared to mono, and really not necessary. Any good 500 size reel will suffice.
I am normally a bass fisherman and I am trying offshore fishing as more of a new sport.
But the thing about the larger gear is that I dont think I will be doing any trip longer than 2 days in the foreseeable future. Most of my adventures will probably be 1.5 day trips and less, and people say that I would rarely encounter fish over 50-75# on these short trips. Departing from SoCal (San Diego mostly).
Would it be make a big difference to get the 2-speed avets?
Can anyone provide some links for specific seeker or calstar rod models?
Last edited by kzhlin; 04-24-2011 at 11:22 PM.