New here.. Can I pick some of your brains on terminal tackle for 3 day bluefin/yellowfin trip

Justin1976

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Going on my first yellowfin trip October 1st this year. Charter boat out of San Diego. Not completely sure but I think they use jigs and live bait mostly. Maybe surface irons if we get a chance? I’ve got a lot to learn
What I have...
1. daiwa lexa 400 with Phenix abyss 808
2. Shimano tranx 400 with Phenix black diamond 808
3. Avet sx raptor soon to be on a custom rain shadow 40lb rod
4. Still to purchase avet Lx or hx raptor and UC predator before the trip.

What setups would you guys bring and what would you guys bring for terminal tackle
If running braid to mono topshot
Here’s kinda what I’m thinking...
1. Light setups on the 400 reels 50lb izorline spectra to 30 or 40lb izorline mono topshot.
2. Medium on the sx raptor 65lb braid to 40 to 50 mono topshot. Maybe on a tilefish?
3. Heavy Lx or hx raptor with 100 lb hollow to 80lb leader

Looking to hear what you guys think?
 
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Id go with the HX you can use it for late night flat falls for those cow size fish. The Sx will do ok for 40lb but id rather have something like a MXL or a JX for that beacuse of the line capacity. Just make sure to fill your SX with MaxQuatro/Prospec and you will be alright.
 
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Going on my first yellowfin trip October 1st this year. Charter boat out of San Diego. Not completely sure but I think they use jigs and live bait mostly. Maybe surface irons if we get a chance? I’ve got a lot to learn
What I have...
1. daiwa lexa 400 with Phenix axis 808
2. Shimano tranx 400 with Phenix black diamond 808
3. Avet sx raptor soon to be on a custom rain shadow 40lb rod
4. Still to purchase avet Lx or hx raptor and UC predator before the trip.

What setups would you guys bring and what would you guys bring for terminal tackle
If running braid to mono topshot
Here’s kinda what I’m thinking...
1. Light setups on the 400 reels 50lb izorline spectra to 30 or 40lb izorline mono topshot.
2. Medium on the sx raptor 65lb braid to 40 to 50 mono topshot. Maybe on a tilefish?
3. Heavy Lx or hx raptor with 100 lb hollow to 80lb leader

Looking to hear what you guys think?

You are good! Holy crap.

Buy that last setup and have fun. You have it covered.

Also don’t be scared to drop down your top shot to 20 if needed and the fish are schoolie size. You can pull shockingly hard on 20.
 

Justin1976

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Id go with the HX you can use it for late night flat falls for those cow size fish. The Sx will do ok for 40lb but id rather have something like a MXL or a JX for that beacuse of the line capacity. Just make sure to fill your SX with MaxQuatro/Prospec and you will be alright.
Ok thanks for that info maybe I need to add one to the list. I’m not familiar with maxquatro/prospec. I’ll check it out
 

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Ok thanks for that info maybe I need to add one to the list. I’m not familiar with maxquatro/prospec. I’ll check it out
Its a smaller diameter braid. Its something like 80# Braid is like 65# in the normal stuff it's pricy but its worth it in my opinion.
 
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You have pretty good gear for this being your first time out on a charter boat. You’ll be fine with what you have, especially once you add that HX or whatever #80 set up you go with.

Just make sure you have a bunch of fluoro from #30-80 in case the BFT show up.
 

Justin1976

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You are good! Holy crap.

Buy that last setup and have fun. You have it covered.

Also don’t be scared to drop down your top shot to 20 if needed and the fish are schoolie size. You can pull shockingly hard on 20.
Thanks this is good to know
I'd wait until a couple weeks before the trip before buying anything new just for that trip.
it will be used many more times :) I like using my own stuff.
 

Justin1976

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You have pretty good gear for this being your first time out on a charter boat. You’ll be fine with what you have, especially once you add that HX or whatever #80 set up you go with.

Just make sure you have a bunch of fluoro from #30-80 in case the BFT show up.
Thanks a lot. I love it but always wanting more lol. Not first trip. Only first for bf/yf.
 

Justin1976

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Id go with the HX you can use it for late night flat falls for those cow size fish. The Sx will do ok for 40lb but id rather have something like a MXL or a JX for that beacuse of the line capacity. Just make sure to fill your SX with MaxQuatro/Prospec and you will be alright.
Would you recommend 50 or 65lb maxcuarato? Power or capacity?
 

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I'd buy a 20-30 lb setup before the 80.

SX or MXJ and 800L

Oct is a long way off. Save for the 80lb and if you need it buy it then....or rent. It depends on how often you want to start doing this and how long the big fish are going to stay around.

The 20-30 will get a lot of use this year and years to come.
 

Justin1976

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I'd buy a 20-30 lb setup before the 80.

SX or MXJ and 800L

Oct is a long way off. Save for the 80lb and if you need it buy it then....or rent. It depends on how often you want to start doing this and how long the big fish are going to stay around.

The 20-30 will get a lot of use this year and years to come.
I'd buy a 20-30 lb setup before the 80.

SX or MXJ and 800L

Oct is a long way off. Save for the 80lb and if you need it buy it then....or rent. It depends on how often you want to start doing this and how long the big fish are going to stay around.

The 20-30 will get a lot of use this year and years to come.
I think I got that area covered with the abyss and black diamond 808’s.
 
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That’s good stuff! Any negatives besides cost?
Its really thin and it can make it hard to cast sometimes. I had the 50Lb on a Trinidad and it made casting difficult. Not impossible but not easy
 

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Ok so casting mono topshot probably good idea
Yea I got used to it later in the day. It was also one of my first days using that combo but I would put the mono on. I did because I don't want to backlash when I'm casting into a boil and I was tired of losing jigs. The mono also helps to absorb the shock if you do backlash.
 

Justin1976

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Yea I got used to it later in the day. It was also one of my first days using that combo but I would put the mono on. I did because I don't want to backlash when I'm casting into a boil and I was tired of losing jigs. The mono also helps to absorb the shock if you do backlash.
Yeah I’d probably put enough mono so a good cast wouldn’t reach my FG. I can tie a pretty good fg but still don’t like the thought of it hitting guides!
 

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Yeah I’d probably put enough mono so a good cast wouldn’t reach my FG. I can tie a pretty good fg but still don’t like the thought of it hitting guides!
Yea i used to have that issue then when i finish the FG i make sure to keep doing half hitches to cover the mono again so it is just braid showing


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Justin1976

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Yea i used to have that issue then when i finish the FG i make sure to keep doing half hitches to cover the mono again so it is just braid showing


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That’s a lot of half hitches! Looks good tho. That’s not going anywhere! I’ve been doing 2 half hitches then pulling super tight to lock it in then a rizuto finish to hide the tag and cover mono. Seems to work well

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Justin1976

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Yea i used to have that issue then when i finish the FG i make sure to keep doing half hitches to cover the mono again so it is just braid showing


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Did you cut the mono tag first or half hitches over the mono tag?
 

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Now that it's the dead of winter and demand is low, it's time to buy your Bluefin jigs and assist hooks if you don't have your bases covered. If you wait till the big boys show up, ( hopefully) you'll be lucky to find what you're looking for. Good to have at least one 500 gr. glow FF style jig incase they're deep and the current is rippin'. Owner Monster Stinger hooks are really good if you don't make your own.

There's a lot of good threads on this so do your research if you haven't already. For your deep n heavy rig be sure to get white or yellow braid do you can mark your line at different depths so you know where you are. Drink a lot of coffee and don't sleep much at night if you're targeting Bluefin.
 
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Justin1976

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Now that it's the dead of winter and demand is low, it's time to buy your Bluefin jigs and assist hooks if you don't have your bases covered. If you wait till the big boys show up, ( hopefully) you'll be lucky to find what you're looking for. Good to have at least one 500 gr. glow FF style jig incase they're deep and the current is rippin'. Owner Monster Stinger hooks are really good if you don't make your own.

There's a lot of good threads on this so do your research if you haven't already. For your deep n heavy rig be sure to get white or yellow braid do you can mark your line at different depths so you know where you are. Drink a lot of coffee and don't sleep much at night if you're targeting Bluefin.
That’s some good advice thanks a lot!