Need help from some BFT guys

Discussion in 'Southern CA Sport Boat Trip Planning' started by Hunter gatherer, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. Hunter gatherer

    Hunter gatherer Fir Na Tine

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    I have booked a trip with the Pacific Queen starting Sunday the 30th of June. They are targeting Blue fin and I need to know if my gear is sufficient. I have a Avet Sx 5.3 with 50lb braid on an ugly stick, i use this for salmon in Nor Cal. I also have a Penn Jigmaster 500 with 40lb mono on a Fenwick Pacific Stick Royal. I fished one time for yellow tail and dorado out of H & M Landing, and the jigmaster with the Fenwick was more than adequate. I dont want to look like a fool or loose fish because i dont have the correct equipment.
     
  2. yakdout

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    Really depends on the grade of fish when your trip comes. If you were to go tomorrow I would say you are slightly under-gunned considering an average fish is 60-80lbs. Line capacity on the SX would be a problem. And the jigmaster might not have sufficient drag but is probably the better choice of the two. I would recommend getting like a fathom 25n 2 speed if the budget allows.
     
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  3. Shon

    Shon Fish til I can't fish no more

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    I’d suggest renting gear from the landing. They have everything you need and their rental rigs have caught plenty of these fish. Your gonna need floro 40-50-60 pound and some circle hooks. Also maybe a few 4-6 oz. weights for the sinker rig.
     
  4. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    At minimum buy, borrow, rent or steal a 2 speed 40-50lb set up.

    Also probably worth renting a heavier rig for fishing a sinker rig and flat fall if needed.
     
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  5. whammy

    whammy Hook Up!

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    borrow or rent gear, you will get smoked
     
  6. kevina

    kevina I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Your equipment is good for fish up to 40lbs max. If you hooked a 80 lb bluefin on your penn 500 (jig master) The side plates would probably blow out before you got spooled. Now your out of fish and and reel!! Just go rent 2 outfits from the landing, Your odds of landing a fish are a lot better.
     
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  7. carterantebi

    carterantebi I hate fishing

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    Fisherman’s Landing has everything you’ll need to rent. I might be on this trip if I don’t go out of town.
     
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  8. aguachico

    aguachico I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    From the landing
    The Pacific Queen returned with 38 Bluefin Tuna (60-90#) on their 1.5 day Offshore trip for 33 anglers.

    Recommended tackle for these Bluefin trips should include a 25# outfit for kelp patty Yellowtail, a 40# live bait set-up with a 1/0 sized circle hook and fluorocarbon, a 50# sinkered bait outfit, and a 60 or 80# flatfall jig setup rigged with fluorocarbon! These past few days, the schools of fish these tuna boats are chasing down can range from 25lbs to well over 100lbs!
     
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  9. stairman

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    you could max out the drag on that sx and get spooled three times on one run.The 500 if filled with 40 spectra....maybe but when you get straight up and down it just wont work if you hook a 80 plus fish...and there are lots up to 150 and even 200 out there if nothing changes
     
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  10. Hunter gatherer

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    Thanks for the information. I think I'll look in to renting something. If you guys are ever up in the San Francisco area hit me up and help put you on some Halibut, dungenes crab, and salmon.
     
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    ^ It sounds like the salmon bite has finally turned on up there, awesome! But yes like the others have said definitely rent a rod from the landing. It's not just about the ability to fish heavier line, it's also about a correctly rated rod, line capacity and 2-speed/proper drags that make the rental equipment perfect for what you're trying to catch. Well worth the price of admission.

    Have fun and post a report!
     
  12. Abusaade

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    Right boat , right time. Better be ready
    Good luck
     
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  13. Hunter gatherer

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    Yes, the salmon bite has picked up but I have been targeting Halibut and stripers on live bait. Last trip out I caught a four foot Leopard Shark, I know some people eat them but I let it go. I will give a full report when we return.
     
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  14. dctalk523

    dctalk523 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Call fishermen landing to rent gear. They have Talica 20s and calstar Rods. Don’t go on your trip under gunned.
     
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  15. mindbent

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    Rent gear. Also take your current rigs, they'll work for Yellowtail but not bluefin.
     
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  16. Hunter gatherer

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    pv7740 Newbie

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    Just out of curiosity...what is the going rental rate? Anyone have any idea?
     
  18. Hunter gatherer

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    Thanks to all of you for the great advice! The boat caught 11 blue fin in the 50-80 pound range FC60D31D-0840-49DF-9DF7-3B4FC92AD73B.jpeg
     
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  19. ripped

    ripped I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    You look pretty happy... Good job!
     
  20. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice fish! What did it eat?
     

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