Just a 2.5 day

Steve K

Hey, I'm gettin' bit...
Jan 2, 2005
12,671
9,997
Bishop
Name
Steve
Boat Name
18' Bayrunner, but I like the American Angler and the Red Rooster III
Looks like I’m going to be able to get away for a birthday trip, 2.5 day on the Vagabond May 13-16. Because I’m coming down from Reno for this trip, I’ll only be bringing 3 reels and borrowing rods from my friend, Joe. I’m thinking 25-30 for flylining, 50-60 for YoYo iron and maybe sinker rig, and then a big gun for 100-130, fish the knife jig bridled to a 9/0 Super Mutu.

Probably
FTHXN15LD2, FTH40NLD2 and Mak 16SEa.
 

HoxFish

Family Crest - My Lure is True
Jan 17, 2007
778
381
Valle del Sol
Name
Aaron
Boat Name
Moo
Hmmm...maybe I'm planning on bringing too much gear for my 2.5 next month. :rolleyes:
 
  • Like
Reactions: kayakbeast33
Upvote 0

Tsmithson

Member
  • Jun 8, 2021
    269
    470
    59
    LA
    Name
    Thomas Smithson
    Boat Name
    No
    Steve,
    I will be very interested in your trip, what you guys are catching and on what.
    I will be on the Excel for a 3 day on the 19-22.
    I hope the BF are in a playful mood.
    I haven’t figured out what I’m bringing but with a lot less experience LR then you, I’ll probably bring 3 times the gear I need until I figure it out.
     
    Steve K
    Steve K
    Tom, it comes with a little experience. All my stuff was in a cart as I was waiting to board the Rooster for a 15 day. Andy came by and applauded, told all the guys to take a lesson on how much/little to bring. An old friend used to say, when we headed up to the lake:

    “All we need is rods and reels and tackling boxes” :)
    Upvote 0
    Upvote 0

    2Rotten

    Live in Oregon/Love to Fish San Diego!
    Jan 10, 2010
    846
    2,165
    Junction City OR
    Name
    Rod Lathrop
    Boat Name
    24' North River Seahawk Hardtop "Sun Dog"
    On my 3-Day on Intrepid May 6 - 9 I'm bringing damn near everything I own!
    • GP 80 Mega/Torque 25 nld2 for 30#
    • US Terminator/Torque 30/2 for 40#
    • GP Terminator/Mak 15T for 60# daytime jigs/stealthy sinker rig
    • 7'6" UC Centaur/Mak 16 for heavy sinker rig
    • 7'6" UC Viper/Mak 20 for nighttime jigs
    • UC Zeus-3/Fathom 40 nld2 for speed jigging
    • 8'0" OTI Tuna Sniper/Saragosa 25000 for Poppers
    What am I forgetting???
     
    Upvote 0

    Shon

    Fish til I can't fish no more
  • Jan 21, 2014
    1,391
    1,228
    Redondo Beach/ Mammoth
    Name
    Shon
    Boat Name
    Pac Voyager/Vagabond
    I’m a big fan of the Vagabond!! The crew, boat and just the way they run their operation is very impressive. Fantastic food and for a long range boat fishing short range it has its advantages. These guys fish hard! There’s a reason they are booked a year in advance.
    Good luck Steve, I know you’ll crush it!
     
    Upvote 0

    surfgoose

    active geezer
  • Jul 29, 2010
    3,870
    7,349
    Long Beach, CA, USA
    Name
    Gary
    Boat Name
    whichever has the longest bunk
    I think that you are on track! I do 2.5-day runs by choice the past few years, longer trips just pound my old body too hard. The only addition that I would make is to bring whichever reel you are really comfortable with casting very light baits or lures with. For me, it is a capable saltwater spinning setup. When the bait is very small, and that is common in the spring, or when the fish are only eating very small lures like light Snipers, or when the fish are really spooky about the boat, then you need to get out there farther than is usually possible with a lever drag.

    Hopefully your friend has a spinning setup. If not, and if you are driving down from Reno, stop by Long Beach and you can borrow one of mine.
     
    Last edited:
    Upvote 0

    Deadlift500

    Member
  • Jan 12, 2022
    425
    770
    45
    USA
    Name
    d
    Boat Name
    kayak
    Steve,
    I will be very interested in your trip, what you guys are catching and on what.
    I will be on the Excel for a 3 day on the 19-22.
    I hope the BF are in a playful mood.
    I haven’t figured out what I’m bringing but with a lot less experience LR then you, I’ll probably bring 3 times the gear I need until I figure it out.
    I will be on the Excel May 19-22 as well, and am also hoping for BFT! I’m probably just bringing my Penn Fierce spinning set up for any small stuff on the surface, my Penn Defiance 30 conventional spoked with 20lb flouro for bait for any finicky daytime fish, and will be using the boats loaner gear for any heavy stuff.
     
    T
    Tsmithson
    EXCELLENT!
    I‘m getting excited as we are short timing now till the trip.
    Upvote 0
    Upvote 0

    big_niko_

    Newbie
    Nov 21, 2021
    17
    17
    30
    NYC
    Name
    Niko Lopez
    Boat Name
    Whack’em
    Steve,
    I will be very interested in your trip, what you guys are catching and on what.
    I will be on the Excel for a 3 day on the 19-22.
    I hope the BF are in a playful mood.
    I haven’t figured out what I’m bringing but with a lot less experience LR then you, I’ll probably bring 3 times the gear I need until I figure it out.
    Look Forward to meeting you on this trip, Flying in from the east coast, Still putting together the rest of my gear for this trip.
     
    Upvote 0

    Tsmithson

    Member
  • Jun 8, 2021
    269
    470
    59
    LA
    Name
    Thomas Smithson
    Boat Name
    No
    I will be on the Excel May 19-22 as well, and am also hoping for BFT! I’m probably just bringing my Penn Fierce spinning set up for any small stuff on the surface, my Penn Defiance 30 conventional spoked with 20lb flouro for bait for any finicky daytime fish, and will be using the boats loaner gear for any heavy stuff.
     
    Upvote 0

    Steve K

    Hey, I'm gettin' bit...
    Jan 2, 2005
    12,671
    9,997
    Bishop
    Name
    Steve
    Boat Name
    18' Bayrunner, but I like the American Angler and the Red Rooster III
    Steve,
    Do you know if we still need to make reservations for fish processing this early in the season?
    Absolutely, leave nothing to chance. It’s just starting but it was chaos last year. The volume of fish, the size and the number of boats will be pretty crazy. Since kickoff on Saturday with the Polaris Supreme, watch out…
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Tsmithson
    Upvote 0

    kayakbeast33

    Haven't posted enough yet
  • Mar 9, 2012
    886
    678
    buena park CA
    Name
    steven
    Boat Name
    Almost time
    On my 3-Day on Intrepid May 6 - 9 I'm bringing damn near everything I own!
    • GP 80 Mega/Torque 25 nld2 for 30#
    • US Terminator/Torque 30/2 for 40#
    • GP Terminator/Mak 15T for 60# daytime jigs/stealthy sinker rig
    • 7'6" UC Centaur/Mak 16 for heavy sinker rig
    • 7'6" UC Viper/Mak 20 for nighttime jigs
    • UC Zeus-3/Fathom 40 nld2 for speed jigging
    • 8'0" OTI Tuna Sniper/Saragosa 25000 for Poppers
    What am I forgetting???
    Jigstick... never leave home with out one! 9e or 10e should do the trick!
     
    Upvote 0

    Steve K

    Hey, I'm gettin' bit...
    Jan 2, 2005
    12,671
    9,997
    Bishop
    Name
    Steve
    Boat Name
    18' Bayrunner, but I like the American Angler and the Red Rooster III
    Looks like I’m going to be able to get away for a birthday trip, 2.5 day on the Vagabond May 13-16. Because I’m coming down from Reno for this trip, I’ll only be bringing 3 reels and borrowing rods from my friend, Joe. I’m thinking 25-30 for flylining, 50-60 for YoYo iron and maybe sinker rig, and then a big gun for 100-130, fish the knife jig bridled to a 9/0 Super Mutu.

    Probably
    FTHXN15LD2, FTH40NLD2 and Mak 16SEa.
    Already decided to add a FTH30LD2 to this batch. Maybe borrow 4 rods, maybe just the three. Now, to tackle the rest of the preparations, small duffel for tackle and reels. See how that shapes up.

    Question asked is: “What are the rod pairings?”

    Pretty sure Joe has it covered, plenty of Calstars and a few Seekers. I’m thinking his Seeker 2X4 or a Calstar 770XXH, 7470XH. I’ll have to see.
     
    Last edited:
    • Like
    Reactions: Shon and HoxFish
    Upvote 0

    Steve K

    Hey, I'm gettin' bit...
    Jan 2, 2005
    12,671
    9,997
    Bishop
    Name
    Steve
    Boat Name
    18' Bayrunner, but I like the American Angler and the Red Rooster III
    Looks like I’m going to be able to get away for a birthday trip, 2.5 day on the Vagabond May 13-16. Because I’m coming down from Reno for this trip, I’ll only be bringing 3 reels and borrowing rods from my friend, Joe. I’m thinking 25-30 for flylining, 50-60 for YoYo iron and maybe sinker rig, and then a big gun for 100-130, fish the knife jig bridled to a 9/0 Super Mutu.

    Probably
    FTHXN15LD2, FTH40NLD2 and Mak 16SEa.

    Well, plans from six weeks ago sure changed. Now seeing more big Bluefin in the mix, I’ve kinda revised the list of reels. In fact those three are not on the list! ;)

    FTH30LD2 is backed with 60 lb hollow and topshots will be 40-50
    BX2-600N is also backed with 60 lb and topshots will be 60-80
    ATD12T is a Super and filled with 80 lb hollow, topshot 100#
    ATD30T with the top 200’ marked every 50’ connected to another 300‘ also marked every 50’ and topped with a lengthy chunk of 150# Seaguar Premier.

    I’m keeping my friend Joe down in San Diego busy, trying to match a loaner quiver for me to use. He’s also loaning me his buffed out HX Raptor with a generous topshot of 50# mono. I’ll use that for the 100-150 gram Sniper and Zakana jigs.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Statistico and Shon
    surfgoose
    surfgoose
    Be aware that the Avet HX will spoil you. I have more expensive reels, but none that I enjoy more. Eleven years on an HX5/2, one set of new drags, and I can't count the number of good fish that it has killed.
    Upvote 0
    Upvote 0

    woodfish330

    I'm to smart to figure out how to edit this.
  • Aug 14, 2012
    2,600
    6,135
    San Fransisco,CA USA
    Name
    John
    Boat Name
    Fishead
    Steve.... I have no doubt that YOU could go on that trip with a few handlines....ie like the Hawaiians do... (throwing stone) and still kick butt...without rods and reels...lol. But...since your going...good luck brother.... may the fish GODS smile on your 2.5 day Brother.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Steve K
    Upvote 0

    RichG

    I Should Upgrade My Account
    Jan 20, 2007
    1,308
    1,559
    California
    Name
    Richard G/
    Boat Name
    none
    Looks like I’m going to be able to get away for a birthday trip, 2.5 day on the Vagabond May 13-16. Because I’m coming down from Reno for this trip, I’ll only be bringing 3 reels and borrowing rods from my friend, Joe. I’m thinking 25-30 for flylining, 50-60 for YoYo iron and maybe sinker rig, and then a big gun for 100-130, fish the knife jig bridled to a 9/0 Super Mutu.

    Probably
    FTHXN15LD2, FTH40NLD2 and Mak 16SEa.

    Happy BD. Have fun and I agree with what you are bringing.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Steve K
    Upvote 0

    Kos

    The Tug Is My Drug
  • Aug 16, 2018
    765
    1,144
    San Diego
    Name
    Anthony
    Boat Name
    My wife's boat (yup!)
    Your revised setups look solid Steve. Hopefully you guys have a great trip. Please report when you get back. I'll be riding the Vag for my 1st time for a 3 day from the 19-22nd right after you get in, and scored another 3 day with them in August. Im looking forward to fishing on this boat. Sounds like Mike lackey runs a 1st class operation, ive heard nothing but good things.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Steve K
    Upvote 0

    Scott McPherson

    Throw a couple of Wilson’s here
    Aug 17, 2017
    374
    851
    Califonia
    Name
    Scott
    Boat Name
    Shogun
    Well, plans from six weeks ago sure changed. Now seeing more big Bluefin in the mix, I’ve kinda revised the list of reels. In fact those three are not on the list! ;)

    FTH30LD2 is backed with 60 lb hollow and topshots will be 40-50
    BX2-600N is also backed with 60 lb and topshots will be 60-80
    ATD12T is a Super and filled with 80 lb hollow, topshot 100#
    ATD30T with the top 200’ marked every 50’ connected to another 300‘ also marked every 50’ and topped with a lengthy chunk of 150# Seaguar Premier.

    I’m keeping my friend Joe down in San Diego busy, trying to match a loaner quiver for me to use. He’s also loaning me his buffed out HX Raptor with a generous topshot of 50# mono. I’ll use that for the 100-150 gram Sniper and Zakana jigs.
    That sounds like a solid quiver Steve. I recommend having the jigs on at least a 200 lb bite leader. Let us know how you do.
    Good luck
    Scott
     
    Upvote 0

    hot tuna

    Member
    May 7, 2007
    472
    223
    Tahoe
    Name
    Steve
    Boat Name
    clawfoot tub
    All my stuff was in a cart as I was waiting to board the Rooster for a 15 day. Andy came by and applauded, told all the guys to take a lesson on how much/little to bring. An old friend used to say, when we headed up to the lake:

    Hey Steve,
    Do you recall the quiver for June Heat?

    I’m on it in a few weeks and trying not to bring the kitchen sink.
    TY
     
    Upvote 0

    Yellowtail Dan

    I Post A Lot But I Can't Edit This
  • Apr 10, 2006
    4,402
    5,849
    54
    Roseville Ca
    Name
    Dan
    Boat Name
    Excel, American Angler
    I'm not sure how I would approach a trip right now. With the size of the fish showing up and the way they seem to change day to night it's tough to not listen to the whispers in your head "what if................" now I need to bring this to

    Have fun, that's the most important part
     
    • Like
    Reactions: HoxFish and Steve K
    Upvote 0

    Sailing La Reina

    Almost A Member
    Apr 10, 2019
    188
    357
    65
    San Pedro, CA
    Name
    Chris
    Boat Name
    La Reina
    Happy birthday Steve. I hope you have an awesome trip. For your bridled jig set up, you may want to go with a shorter, fatter jig rather than a long knife. Many times while using a bridled medium length or longer jig I have been bit, but below the hook. Now if things are wide open and you only want to hook a monster that will inhale the whole thing, it may be a good strategy. Either way, I’m sure you will have a great time. Good luck!
     
    Upvote 0