20# setup for yellowtail

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  1. pukahd

    pukahd Well-Known "Member"

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    When the bluefin bit 2 years ago near Santa Barbara Island they wouldnt bite the 30 too well. I did land one about 50lb on 30 first thing in the am but from the morning till noon the bite was a pick. As soon as I switched to 20 it was like a light turned on and got 4 more. By the end of the day they only bit the 20. I got 4 more throughout the day including another 50 lb'r but those tunas were tough to land on 20.

    Later in the month they stopped biting the 20 and you had to drop down to 12 and 15lb.

    Actually, 20lb is pretty pretty strong and you can put a lot of pulling pressure with the correct rod. Too stiff a rod and you will pop 20 easily. I like long med fast action rod like a Calstar 900XL or my favorite Rainshadow 1082 in a 9 foot. A long med fast rod will hurt a bit but it will be very forgiving when you start to pull yout @$$ off on the 20. Any small reel is good as the rod matters the most to get the most out of a 20lb rod.

    Bassman...your rod rating of 12-25 is perfect. I always go with the rod ratings in the middle and in your case, 20 is good to go. Personally with a spectra backing I like 12 yards of flouro or 1/2 of a spool of flouro. You need some stretch and shock absorbtion. The only issue I can see is a short rod bottoming out and when the rod bottoms out thats when you will hear "pop" and the 20lb line will break.
     
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  2. planks5

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    Depends on if your going to use it for live bait or lures...

    I'm not a fan of fishing live bait with a baitcaster.

    My 20# setup for live bait fishing for yellows or tuna-

    800XLH with a Daiwa SL20SH or Newell 220 or similiar.

    Had to use 20# alot this past year to get the yellows to bite up here in the northern channel islands after the morning bite had slowed.

    No problems with this rig especially in open water...
     
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  3. joker63

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    Im a little late to the party.......
    My 2 cents Calstar 800XLH or 900XL paired with a Trinidad 14A or any similar sized reel.Killed many yellows with the 900XL combo @ the Channel Islands last summer
    Also have a rare greenie SS80XF that would work
     
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  4. FakeDuaneDiego

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    [​IMG] I


    I love using bass set ups for yellowtail.
     
  5. hucklongfin

    hucklongfin Deep release specialist

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    I wouldn't have posted that photo.
     
  6. FakeDuaneDiego

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    Why not? BASS setups are great for yellowtail.
     
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  7. hucklongfin

    hucklongfin Deep release specialist

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    Since you asked.

    Ya know, If you're going to brag about catching YT on bass gear it should look like a real YT and not the bait.
     
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  8. FakeDuaneDiego

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    Wow! That's very impressive. Good for him. I was unaware that BASS setups were meant for such applications. Thanks for the information. I'm sure he was very confident in his gear while fighting that fish. The guy maneuvering the boat should be in the pic too. He deserved some credit.
     
  9. Paulo Grandez

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    Why aren't you a fan? (Just out of curiosity)
     
  10. Let em eat 74

    Let em eat 74 Well-Known "Member"

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    I would say most prefer conventional for live bait for the ease of keeping touch with your bait (backpedaling the spool and keeping the line between your fingers). It isn't an ideal setup when the front of the spool is hidden by the level wind
     
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  11. Croaker.Stroker

    Croaker.Stroker Old White Guy

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    There should be a size limit.
     
  12. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    There is.
     
  13. FakeDuaneDiego

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    What about a size limit on the people catching them? America has a serious problem with obesity.
     
  14. rexor_rn

    rexor_rn Mangingisda

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    X2......its like a BONITO not a Yellowtail :-) LoL......
     
  15. Let em eat 74

    Let em eat 74 Well-Known "Member"

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    I would use a mack that size and catch a real yellow.
     
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  16. rexor_rn

    rexor_rn Mangingisda

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    Its a BONITO Camoflauge as Yellowtail......:-) it should have been release back to grow to its full size.....Poor Firecracker!
     
  17. rexor_rn

    rexor_rn Mangingisda

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    If its what you have Right Now and Does Not Plan to Buy a New Set-Up.....then YES its Fine for 3/4-1/2 Day Cattle Boats. Do Not let others Complicate what you Have right Now.. just bring 15,20,25,30, Yozuri Flouro Carbon Leaders...

    However if you want to buy New Set-Up then BEWARE......Do Not Jump on the Bandwagon for those Overpriced Gears just because they are Made in USA....Save your Money to Pay for future Fishing Trips instead......I highly recommend the Best Bang for Your Bucks for Quality, Small, Stronger Gears for YT: Okuma METALOID Reels and Okuma SCT or even Makaira Rods now on sale at SAV-ON for $99 will bring you down the road until you decide to upgrade if you get hooked up with the BUG:-)
     
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  18. FakeDuaneDiego

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    Guys, it was a legal fish caught on a BASS setup. I'm just demonstrating how perfect BASS setups are for yellowtail. I freaking love baitcasters!!!!
     
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  19. rexor_rn

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    LoL its Not About LEGAL......if you are Targetting YELLOWTAIL then its highly RECOMMENDED to RELEASE those Sizes and Let it GROW and Catch Another Day instead, Much More Bragging the Poor Firecracker :-( but its just my opinion...
     
  20. Fishn_w_chorizo

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    Hey guys,

    So i got into deep sea fishing back in march. A coworker was showing me the ropes and helping me pick up gear along the way but, i feel i've been misguided. I'm a complete noob to all this fishing gear stuff and with some help of local bait shops i've managed to pick up some gear. I'm not looking for "you should have bought this instead of that", instead i'm hoping i can get some help with making sense of the gear i currently own. is it good for catching yellow tail? tuna? will my rod snap? any good info will be appreciated.

    I currently own. a PSW-760m paired with a Shimano Torium20, 65# braid, 30# mono, ( i was told this was a good set up for rock fishing so i bit the bullet)

    i then purchased a phenix m1 inshore 802ML, paired with a tranx 400, 30# braid and i tie leaders on to that.

    I read this post was talking about 20# setups, i was kinda wondering what kinda of set up are these? totally clueless. (sorry to hijack thread)
     

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