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

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  1. Justin1976

    Justin1976 Fishful thinkin!

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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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    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.
     
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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
     
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    I'd wait until a couple weeks before the trip before buying anything new just for that trip.
     
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    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.
     
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    Thanks this is good to know
    it will be used many more times :) I like using my own stuff.
     
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    Yeah I like what I see in that line! Thanks!
     
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    Thanks a lot. I love it but always wanting more lol. Not first trip. Only first for bf/yf.
     
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    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.
     
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    Id go with 65lb it has the same dia as 50Lb PowerPro
     
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    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?
     
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    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
     
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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.
     
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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!
     
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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[​IMG]

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