Late Spring Early Summer 7 day trip

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Late Spring / early summer 7 day trips

I’ve taken a couple years off from San Diego long range, but decided to get out again. I’m booked on an early summer 7 day trip ( departs June 27 ) I had a couple questions

The last few trips before my break were short 3-4 day trips mostly chasing local Bluefin. The YT in the local waters were few & far between.

I’ve never done one of these early season longer trips & I’m, hoping to get a shot at some nice YT & hopefully the BFT as well. I’ve done 5 day August tuna trips & 10 day Oct variety trips.

Gear wise, based on the last few years, should the following pretty much cover all bases ??

Fth 15LD 15-20-25#

Fth 15ld2 30#

Fth 25NLD2 40#

Fth 25NLD2 40#

Fth 30LD2 50#

Fth 40NLD2 60 yo-yo / bait/ dropper loop

Fth 25NSD 40# surface iron

All reels spectra backed w. Short flouro leaders ( except for surface iron reel ) appropriate Calstar or Seeker rods

I down sized on heavy gear & the Fathom 40 is the heaviest reel I currently have. Should this suffice ??

Any & all input is appreciated !! thx !!
 
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Went out last year in June and we did a lot of yellowtail fishing for the bigger class models. Solid surface iron rod in the 40-50lb class. We did some tuna fishing, but nothing over 50lbs was caught. I’d say expect yellowtail to be the focus. 20-60lb set ups will be adequate. Possible wahoo action, but way early in the season for them. I had such a good time I’ve booked the Avet reels trip on the Intrepid for this season. I really love chucking the iron.
 
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Why not take that heavy gear? Drop a Flat Fall if those Big Bluefin are available.
 

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You'd be undergunned for cow BFT but look to be fine otherwise.
 

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Why not take that heavy gear? Drop a Flat Fall if those Big Bluefin are available.
[/QUOTE hey Steve. I Always bring a 80/100lb set up these days. Even on the short trips it seems lol. But LR boats got the heavy gear if you need it. If you don’t want to spend another thousand before the trip that is.
 

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Thx for your insight !! I too am looking forward to fishing yellows with the Calstar 90J & my Penn star drag 25 fathom... Love that grilled YT.

Smaller tuna are fine by me too... I tagged a 143# BFT a few years ago ( kite fish )

Thx again !!


Went out last year in June and we did a lot of yellowtail fishing for the bigger class models. Solid surface iron rod in the 40-50lb class. We did some tuna fishing, but nothing over 50lbs was caught. I’d say expect yellowtail to be the focus. 20-60lb set ups will be adequate. Possible wahoo action, but way early in the season for them. I had such a good time I’ve booked the Avet reels trip on the Intrepid for this season. I really love chucking the iron.
 
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I have been doing a 7 day that time of year for a few years now. Each trip is different. You might need heavier gear for the bigger bluefin if they are around and dropper loop. 60# will not cut it on dropper loop at some of the places we have fished in the past. Big, mean, awnry yt in Rocky areas. What boat are you on ?
 
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You're pretty well covered but I would either rent or buy a legit 80lb reel and matching rod for BFT and dropper loop fishing down South. 60lb is strong and good enough for dropper loop fishing locally but the yellowtail down at the South have bad attitudes and big shoulders. 80lb will give you more abrasion resistance and more strenth. I use 100lb but have used 80lb successfully
 
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A suggestion. 50# surface iron below the Coronado islands. The reel can be spectra backed so you never cast into the spectra. But you got yardage below the mono.

A thought

Sucks loosing magical s-plugs. They still swim good on 50# and IF you run out to the rocks. 100lb yt live there. One of the only environments they live at. Lupe too
 
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A suggestion. 50# surface iron below the Coronado islands. The reel can be spectra backed so you never cast into the spectra. But you got yardage below the mono.

A thought

Sucks loosing magical s-plugs. They still swim good on 50# and IF you run out to the rocks. 100lb yt live there. One of the only environments they live at. Lupe too
What’s your rod of choice for 50 lb. surface iron? I use the BTG90J for 4 lb. surface iron, It’s already a 30-60 jig stick which is the heaviest I’ve researched. I’d like something a little heavier and the same composite action as the Calstar if it exists for my 50 lb. surface iron setup.
 

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So many new blanks and old blanks. Cast pushing the rod forward of the reel and then pull back below the reel . Almost simultaneously but the push forward first

Ask the (swami) rod expert. Better advice then me
 
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So many new blanks and old blanks. Cast pushing the rod forward of the reel and then pull back below the reel . Almost simultaneously but the push forward first

Ask the (swami) rod expert. Better advice then me
Thanks, I understand the mechanics of casting lol. Just wanted insight in a good 50 lb. surface iron blank. Thanks anyway.
 

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Thanks, I understand the mechanics of casting lol. Just wanted insight in a good 50 lb. surface iron blank. Thanks anyway.
I’ve been using the UC line for 50 and even 60 top shot for my good irons. The Delmar and Wahoo are great at 50. As you lift the tip higher, it drives the butt into your waist. (Not getting cornholed/pulled over) 40lb YT didn’t stand a chance.
 

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thanks! I’ve heard great things about that De Mar, never fished one though.
It’s beast! Mainly for the 7X size stuff. 45’s and smaller you’ll want to look at the Monster. Another GREAT blank. Got a bunch of blanks on order, so I’ve put some of last years stuff up in the classifieds as well as a brand new custom Delmar CE900. Cheers man. Happy hunting!!