So I should have 12 lb line on my main rig? Are most of these fish fairly small? I would need to completely re-spool1- Visit Balboaanglingclub.org Click 2019 Masters Tournament link. This link has the rules as well as the entry form.
2- The format is 4 boats per team. As a solo, you have no chance to win the team awards. You can win individual awards. I'm pretty sure that 3 team members are required for a boat your size.
3- The fishing area is 90 miles from the Newport Harbor entrance. That is a giant area. Everyone goes to where the fish are. I found an area holding fish and called in my club team members on the Secret channel. Within 4 hours, there were 40 boats catching the fish I found. My secret channel was not so secret. It happens. I have ran to the grid many times and caught fish. Do not be too proud. These fish do group up.
4- Get here early and pre-fish near Catalina and San Clemente islands. I hope you have a good sea surface temperature site to reference. You will need it.
5- Have an IGFA rated, 12 pound bait rod set up. Only fish this with bait. I saw on your other post that you can only troll 1 lure. If you are lucky enough to raise a fish on the daisy chain and drop back on 12 pound, then you have a chance. The hot shots will be on gyro binos watching sleepers prior to lines in. As soon as lines in is called, 5 minutes later hookups will be called in on 12 pound tackle. Tie breaker is time of day hooked and then time on fish.
6- Only use IGFA rated line. All 12 pound fish will have line and leader inspected and 16 pound classes too. Follow IGFA rules on leader length.
7- If in doubt, go to JD's Big Game tackle or Anglers Center. Both are in Newport Beach.
Also my my post on trolling a single rig was for a different scenario. I could troll up to 3 rods but I only have 1 that is of sufficient caliber to use.