Best rod and reel for surface yellowtail fishing

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  1. Uncle Bob

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    I wasn't able to convince the wife to go on a LR trip this year due to us blowing all our money on our wedding this summer so I want to do the next best thing before I jump on a ten day next fall....buy a new set up for surface irons. A buddy of mine swears that the Calstar GG90J coupled with a Trinidad 20a or 30a is the ticket, but I'm interested in other suggestions. I also might want to use it for wahoo bombs as well. Any suggestions?
     
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    af dreamer I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    There are SOoooo many good ones!This will be interesting.Getting the popcorn!Tom
     
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    I like my Uc CE900 Monster but to each his own. I have a Trini16A and love it with some 50LB MC
     
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    First suggestion: never, ever start your paragraph using the term "the wife"----especially if you want a LR trip in your future.
     
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    I use a cut 540, I prefer glass for throwing jigs. I know there's a lot of other glass rods available, but your mileage may vary.
     
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    Newell. 338 coronados and above. 533 san martin and below :D

    The best. But might only last one race but its a darn good race :)

    Old Torium over TN. Remove the variable clicker for a faster spool, helped allot with a tn30. Durable. Cal drag plate and grease

    I'm curious also what the gnarl slingers in 2018 say. If I can't touch it or see it there are a few I trust from similiar fishing style

    90j loads up. 100j even more. Some cut 6 inches or so off the tip of the 100j or 3" off the tip and 3" off the bottom is common mas o menos. I like full size so the 10 foot surface iron 100lb tuna club door is open :D
     
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    Hmm Slinging Iron Huh? Welcome . Wahoo involved . I have 3 quivers for that range.
    Question ? Can you cast a live bait? Or better yet how a about a 6 lb test bait caster reel?
     
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    Ulua,540 but don't cut them,that just wrong. Something shorter,90J. There's some good upgrades for the newells too. Those terns look ok on paper but wait a couple years and see how they flesh out. Old toriums will do just fine if you're on a budget. May want an 8' for wahoo
     
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    BTG690J (deckhand style: 33" X wrap over cork tape) with Penn Torque 25N (4.8 to 1) Tiburon clamp for tossing 45's - Candybars - 5X Salas)

    BTG90J (deckhand style) with Penn Torque 30 (4.8 to 1) Tiburon clamp for tossing 7X - Tady 14 - JRI

    I use 65lb solid braid to a 3-4 foot leader of Blackwater 60lb fluoro or 2' of single strand wire.

    G
     
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    I’m a 540 fan. Love the feel of that fat butt...

    I still have an old TLD Star 20/40 on it.
     
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    If you blew all your money on your wedding and running out of cash, stick with a glass 90J and a TN 20 or 20a. For wahoo and yellowtail go with the GG90J as your buddy suggested. It has a faster taper.

    I use 40# mono for surface iron. 50# for wahoo. 40# is a little light for wahoo bomb fishing, so unless you use straight Spectra, you may want to change out the reel when wahoo fishing.

    There's a lot more involved here, but that's my short answer.
     
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    Ummm... Whats the best pair of socks for tennis shoes?
     
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    Hard to beat those Torque star drags for pure castability if you don't require a 2-speed!
    The extra gear sets are getting a little bit harder to find, but are definitely still around.
     
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    90J. Trinidad 20A
     
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    I like a TranX 500HG on a Phenix psw909xhj for surface iron.
     
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    Bombs require it own designated rod and Reel for success.
     
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    My TranX 500 HG/psw909xhj combo have killed a lot of Wahoo throwing bombs. I also use another TranX 500 HG/psw809xhj for bombs... it throws surface iron well too.
     
  19. SCHeadhunter

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    We are talking about a jig stick for throwing the surface iron specifically:
    Calstar GF100j - Shimano Trinidad 20A.
    Super light and powerful. Butt cord handle.
    My rod builder slipped in and glued another piece of blank up inside the butt end so we could crank the reel clamp super tight and not crush the blank for fishing big BFT a few seasons back when they were eating the surface iron.
    Worked perfectly. Biggest BFT on it was 110. Not a giant but very respectable.
    Ultimate big yellows rod. My favorite style of fishing and my favorite Jig stick of all time.
     
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  20. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    Conventional, traditional tackle for surface iron vs what we use for fishing YoYo iron for Yellowtail or Jigs/Bombs for Wahoo, very different. I appreciate the trend towards longer rods for bigger fish, 7’ and 7’6” rail rods like Super Seeker 2X4 and now UC Viper, for instance, cutting edge.

    Longer rods, lower gear ratios for longer casts and swimming the jig.

    Shorter rods, faster gear ratios for dropping in or making short casts.

    One surface iron rod and reel is all I can manage, all I need, and it’s an off the rack Grafighter 850H with a silver painted Saltist 40 with 4.9:1 gears, 40 lb mono.

    The other stuff, Seeker G6470H and G6465H type rods with reels like Trinidad 40, Fathom 40NLD2.

    But, I’m an old guy, so there ya go! :)
     
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