ROCKFISHING- BRAID OR MONO & SETUPS

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  1. cochetrigo

    cochetrigo Newbie

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    Looking to get feedback on your setups- Particulars on type/brand of braid vs. mono, # test, preference on topshot length, type/brand, # test. Fishing both Southern CA Long Beach/Ventura/Santa Barbara and Northern CA to Cambria/Morro Bay Area. Also reels you use. Thanks and FISH ON!!!!!
     
  2. InDeepShip

    InDeepShip Ah ship

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    I love my avet mxl with 65# braid on it. I can use it for the everything from rockfish, yellows and even sturgeon. I fish out of Ventura and the sf delta.

    The topshot is a tricky one I usually fish short leaders at about 5-10 feet of 40# floro and it depends on what I’m going after. If it’s lings I’ll bump it to 50-55 and if it’s smaller rockfish down to 30-40. It all depends on your conditions.

    For line I got a deal with rapala and I love the suffix 382 but I’ve used anything from spiderwire to Berkeley it’s honestly doesn’t make a difference unless your in kelp. If u want to fish the kelp get braid like a saw and a short topshot.
     
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  3. walkerman

    walkerman I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I use the old style level wind Calcutta 700’s. That is for jig and plastics. 65lb braid to swivel to three feet of 40lb mono to jig. They are bullet proof and easy to maintain
    Penn 340 GTI level wind for gangion. 65lb braid to gangion to 16 oz sinker or whatever is needed to get down quick and stay fairly straight up and down.
     
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  4. Bigeasy

    Bigeasy yeah, yeah!

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    cheapest set-up I got with 20lb mono!
     
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  5. kenstevens1

    kenstevens1 Well-Known "Member"

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    Watched a guy next to me during a rockfish trip. He had a roller trolling rod with HX 2 SPEED everything blue including rollers. Captain got a little peeved when guy hooked bottom and told a deckhand to help out. It was a half day boat for the love of *** . Just bring a levelwind on a saber.
     
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  6. JAMEBOMB

    JAMEBOMB Captain Jim

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    60# power pro green and a 4’ mono leader to break when you get stuck
     
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  7. jer dog

    jer dog Fishing is life

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    I use a 2 speed on a 700 M, with 65 Lb. spectra
    then I tie a Ball Bearing swivel , then I use a
    2 hook rock Gangion
    but for Lings I just tie a single hook
    dropper loop.
     
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  8. cochetrigo

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    Hahahah. No kidding. Like my neighbor who is retired and has lots of time and $$. Bought a Phenix Black Diamond Med/heavy on a new Accurate Valiant 800. He fishes for lingcod!
     
  9. cochetrigo

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    I think I’ll start using the swivel to leader. I mostly undercast to get bigger jigs out anyway so it shouldn’t get hung up in the eyes. I’ve had the tackle shops tie my top shot and the damn knot breaks. There’s a good tutorial this month here on BD about tying on a top shot.
     
  10. r8rs4lf

    r8rs4lf I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Tranx 500PG spooled with 80# max cuatro only because I was charged for 60#, mounted on a Phenix M1 82H with a 3-4' mono/fluoro leader. Weight of leader usually depends on Captain's advice.

    I'll bring a second stick to fish jigs as well.
     
  11. gfg

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    any issue going from spectra 65# to the swivel of a pre-tied 2 hook gagnion?

    i'm thinking about spooling up my old jigmaster with spectra for the first time...
     
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  12. Kevin Helfend

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    Here is what I bring on an overnight trip to the Northern Channel Islands

    15# rig to snag squid (old calstar 196-8 Daiwa sealine 20 with 40# braid to 50ft mono)

    25# rig for double dropper loop (calstar 800m Shimano torium 16 50# braid to 50ft mono)

    40# rig for lingcod heavy bait ( mackerel, sand dab, octopus, and or big jig) calstar 800h
    Shimano torium 20 65# braid to 25ft of mono or 25ft of floro if I am not being a cheep ass
    My daughter is in college and that takes most of my money.

    Jig Stick for big ass swimbaits (Seeker Ulua Daiwa Lexa 400 65# braid to 4ft floro)
     
  13. jer dog

    jer dog Fishing is life

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    I just use the San Diego Knot to the Swivel
    and it works great.
     
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  14. downtime

    downtime Well-Known "Member"

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    When bottom fishing braid is the way to go. You feel all the bites.
    Mono has so much stretch that it makes it difficult to set the hook and feel bites.
    Add a small mono leader to your braid where you can do your dropper loops.
     
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  15. MRC70

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    40-65# Daiwa J-braid, 5 ft 20-30# mono leader. Uni to uni for connection. Double dropper loops if using strips of squid/mackerel; a spider hitch if using a live sardine or squid.
     
  16. Paulo Grandez

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    My Rockfish rig is a

    7' 15-40lb Okuma rod (that I won in a raffle)


    Penn Warfare LW15 (that I bought for $56)

    300 yards of 50# green P-Line Braid (that I got for free on a sponsored trip)
     
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  17. walkerman

    walkerman I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Swivel also keeps fish from spinning off
     
  18. walkerman

    walkerman I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Get a level wind reel. Braid coming up from 300 feet all day will eat your thumb up.
     
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  19. SSUfish

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    ^this. I just got a couple of set-ups for the gf's parents to rockfish on the central coast. Easy is the name of the game here and overthinking or spending a lot for a bottom fishing rig is silly.

    I recently picked up two Penn Squall 20 levelwinds, loaded with 50lb spectra and will be setting them up like others have said previously....a small swivel with whatever short mono leader you're going to use. Again easy! It'll be quick and efficient to switch out shrimp fly rigs to jigs on a heavier leader (abrasion resistance) and/or to re-tie for those inevitable break offs. Oh the rods are off brand 15-40lb rated ones from squidco that I tested in the store that can handle a 12oz jig head for the bigger/toothier fish.

    There are plenty of great used rods and reels that come up for sale here that you can get...heck even a used reel with a fresh service will do just fine.
     
  20. watersdeep

    watersdeep I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Keep in mind, braid hangs Straight up and down threw the water column for the most part. mono of any size will have a bow to it.
     

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