For the record, I strongly believe that Mark is correct here, but in a sense the whole discussion confuses me. I haven't fished all that many 8-day trips...maybe five or six, if I include 10-day variety trips that are essentially the same as 8-days, just with a couple more days of fishing. I've been to Isla Guadalupe three times, and to Alijos more times than I remember.
I have a hard time remembering any occasion where really casting a sardine long made the difference in getting bit.
Thinking back to my first ever visit to 'Lupe, being able to cast 30 yards or more out to the side would help you keep your bait out of the tangles we had right behind the stern. Those tangles were, I guess, the product of the current and the (relative) inexperience of a lot of the anglers aboard, including myself. Still, in that case getting your bait far enough out wide there and then gave you a good chance to pass by the perpetual mess. On that day, yes being able to cast really was a big deal.
In my experience, though, getting a bait that swims has always been 1000x more important than being able to cast it out far. And that absolutely applies to those times when the fish are line shy. I've seen times when the "strike zone" is easily 200+ yards away from the boat, and there is literally no ne who can cast a sardine that far. The current has to be helping and your bait really has to be swimming. If not, you'll never get there.
Having said all that, I like the UC Wahoo Jr. for 30lbs. I have a 7' one, but I think 7'6" would be ideal as well.
Hey Jim, I can't disagree with you on getting a good bait that swims being the most important thing by far. I had not considered the UC Wahoo Jr. Will definitely take a look at that one. Thanks for the info.