Sportboat Daytime Setups – Sportboat Roundup July 27, 2023

In this week’s Sportboat Roundup Tonie goes over her arsenal of rods and reels that she recommends having right now for the great daytime fishing happening throughout the Sportboat fleet currently. The fishing has been holding steady, and most boats are getting at least a couple really good opportunities at these mixed bluefin and yellowfin schools almost every single day. These are the setups that she’s been seeing have the most success on a daily basis, so take some notes, get your gear ready, and go fishing!


Tonie Bangos currently works aboard the Grande and is a seasoned angler who brings us weekly updates that include reports, tips, and the most current information about what’s working in the SoCal Sportboat fishery.⁠ Having worked on fishing boats ranging from San Diego all the way to Alaska, Tonie is well versed and skilled in the fishing scene. She has quickly established herself as one of the most prominent female anglers in Southern California, and anyone who has been lucky enough to fish with her will confirm that she’s an excellent fisherwoman. Every week we look forward to hearing from Tonie, and are very fortunate to have her as a Pro-Contributor.

On my last trip on July 30th, the boat was finding a few boils, but the fish were finicky. One of the guys said my real was too big. I had a Komodo with 20lb and m1 rod that I didn’t use; maybe I should have. He had an Avet set up. What is your favorite rod for light line and getting the bait out?
For the small size schoolie tuna, a flyline rod rated 15-30 or 20-40 would be a great option. Almost every rod manufacturer will builds a rod with this rating, so you have plenty of options to choose from. Your local tackle shop will be able to point you in the right direction, so going in and talking to the staff and letting them know the application you'll be using the rod for is a great idea and they can help point you in the right direction.