light drag they we re using #25 -40lb topshot to get bit . I was high stick on the boat 2 @ 51,31 lbs. 9 fish on the boat out of 18 anglers.
The 51 I got on a saltist 20-15lb. fluro to 20lb mainline ( Izor xxx ) with a graftec 15-40 rod that took 45 mins. 2nd @31. 15 mins on a lexa 300( paddle...
you could do it with a 40 but it s nice to have those pop up tabs on the 60.
That being said i watched a few 40's getting spooled last year locally at the triangle ( catalina , santa barbara ,san clemente islands ) those were 150+lb. fish
I just came off my 2nd BFT trip ever and the 1st time I didn t hook anything. This Trip I went 1 for 5. 2 hookups with 1biteoff and 3 missed bites and a handoff from another angler.
I fought a 120+ lber on a fathom 40 2speed with 80lb test for about 15 mins with no problem except the rod...
Just came back from a trip on the R P
I made a reservation with Fishermans the day before the trip for the 1st time.
In port by 6, paperwork and weighing by 6;30, premium fillets wrapped in 5mil by 8:30.
Very happy and on the road by 9ish at home by 12 30