10 years since my last SD tuna trip, check my rigs

Fishrdan

3# carp VS 40# striper
Nov 10, 2005
338
3
Vegas Baby!
Name
Dan
Boat
18' Crestliner Superhawk, 14' Tracker "Fish Git' RRR"
Hey BDer's!

It's been 10+- year since I've posted, or been fishing out of San Diego. Much has changed since then. I booked a 2.5 day trip next week and looking to see if I have my stuff rigged properly, or if I should step down in top shot size on some of the reels. Here's what I'm taking:

Penn 535GS - 7' 25# fluoro/25# mono /40# spectra - Calstar 870
Penn 555GS - 7' 30# fluoro/30# mono/65# spectra - Calstar 665
Avet JX 6/3 - 20' 40# fluoro/65# spectra - Seeker 6470 (bump down to 30# fluoro?)
Avet LX 6/3 - 20' 50# fluoro/65# spectra - Seeker 6465H (bump down to 40# fluoro?)
Penn 10KG - 20' 60# fluoro/80 spectra - Quantum 30/80# (bump down to 50# fluoro?)
Penn Fathom 40n - 20' 80# fluoro/80# specrta - Okuma PCH XXH (bump down to 60# fluoro?)
Avet HXW - 8' 130# fluoro/100# spectra/400yds 80# spectra on bottom - Okuma PCH XXXH (flatfall rig)
Avet 30/2 - 8' 130# fluro/130# spectra/500yds 100# spectra on bottom - Okuma PCH XXXXH

I was rigging on the heavy side for BFT, but a couple of recent threads I ran across seemed like people were using lighter 25-30# rigs to get bit on smaller fish, and that would be my crappy Penn GS reels.

The LX and 10KG are being pushed to their limits as rigged, so not opposed to dropping them down to lighter line. Might have to swap rods, but I have a few extra rods to fill the gaps.

Any suggestions welcomed!
 
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ripped

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Dec 5, 2007
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1,874
Santa Barbara
Name
Gary
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Vagabond
I would suggest to max your LX at 40 unless you don't mind replacing the thrust bearing when you get home. Also you could fish the Fathom 40 with 60 or 80 for a sinker rig and move the 10K to 50 so you don't max it out. Have a fun time!
 

Highwayman

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Jun 25, 2015
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Name
Sammy
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None
Maybe consider a 20lb rig too?
 

Amadeus

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Mar 17, 2011
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605
San Diego/CA/US
Name
Wai Jung
Boat
Seahawk II
As long as the last time your reels had been serviced was recent and not 10 years ago, if they worked for you back in 2010, then they should do fine now. (My newest Penn reel for offshore was made in the 1980's and have been fishing it for at least the last 10 years)

With using short topshots, just swap down or up line classes as needed.

Seen posts where 16-18lbs max set with a scale on the 10KG before losing freespool...so yes, you are on the cusp of maxing out with 60lb test using the 1/3-rule (factoring in 1-2lbs more drag from rod and guides under load). Fishing 1/4-rule 60lb at 13lbs will be fine if you have "enough" line...until the cows or mini-cows show up.
 

Fishrdan

3# carp VS 40# striper
Nov 10, 2005
338
3
Vegas Baby!
Name
Dan
Boat
18' Crestliner Superhawk, 14' Tracker "Fish Git' RRR"
Thanks for the replies guys.

- I was considering LX-40# and 10KG-50# while rigging, might swap them so I'm not pushing the reels too hard and ruining bearings.

- 20# rig I have, SL20SH and 7'9 Fenwick chovie rod, but that would be my 9th rig.... Might as well take 9 if I'm taking 8 - LOL!

- All reels have been serviced, most with new spectra, all with new mono/fluoro. I modded the 10KG years ago and it will put out 19-20# at strike before loosing freespool. If running 60# line I'm going to keep at 17-18# at strike so I don't bust the graphite frame.

Do a lot of people still bring their own trolling rigs? I have a Penn 114H/Seeker 6455XXH trolling rig, but highly considering leaving it at home.
 

MESSY JESSE

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Jul 24, 2019
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1,614
South Bay
Name
JESSE
Boat
DELITA
Yeah, what these guys^^said. You'd probably be just fine with that 25 and 30# set up but I'd take a 40 as well.
 

Pokilover

Pokilover
Nov 29, 2010
279
64
Costa MesA /Ca./USA
Name
Kevin Valencia
Boat
overnight party boats
I am a minimalist by nature. My budget and Wifey allows me 2 trips a season (1.5 or 2 day), and never bring more than 4 rigs. 20, 25, 40, 60 lb. I use the boats trolling rigs and kite rigs during rotations. Small back pack with my tackle. Never even touch my 60 lb on most trips. Easy taking less. Watch the guys who take 10 rigs- they might use 3 at the most, LOL. Like other guys said, take half of what you listed and if they worked in 2010, they'll work today. Have a good [email protected]!