Howdy! I've lurked around here for years, both as a spearo, and now a hook & line guy. I've always been able to find what I needed without posting, but there's some specific info I need & I'm hoping you all can help. Most of my larger saltwater fish have been taken freediving with a speargun, and most of my experience with a rod has been YT action at the Channel Islands on private boats. I freshwater fish quite a bit, so I do understand the basics of rods, reels, line types, etc. I'm booked on the Intrepid for a 3-day trip in early September & I'm not sure of what to expect. I live in MN now & I'll be mailing my gear out, so that's a huge limiting factor (7'6" max for rods). Please be patient as I try to figure this all out! What do I really need for gear? I've read more than I care to admit & I think I have a pretty good idea, but would like some specific info. Here's my current situation: UC RCE700H with a SX Raptor - Right now it's got 50 lb solid braid & a 40 lb topshot of mono. With the mono topshot this will be a 40 lb setup unless I change it to straight braid. UC US76HP with a JX Raptor - 65 lb solid braid with a 50 lb topshot is the way it's setup right now. Again, the topshot limits the flexibility of the setup. So as of now it's pretty much a 50 lb setup. Am I foolish for heading out with just these 2 rigs? If I do just use these 2, is it worth running straight braid to a fluoro leader so I have the option of quickly tying 30 or 40 lb on the SX Raptor & 40 or 50 lb on the JX Raptor? It's hard to envision how much I should worry about tangles, and therefor how much flexibility I should sacrifice to avoid them. I have a 1000 yard spool of both 40 & 50 lb mono. Should I also be bringing braid for each reel? How much? If you do recommend a third setup, what should it be? A second JX Raptor for another 40-50 lb setup, another SX Raptor for a dedicated 30 lb setup, or a HX Raptor for 60b? If you didn't own any saltwater hooks, what would you want to bring (types & quantities)? Are there any disadvantages to ringed hooks? As of now I've always used Owner hooks, but I'm not sure what we could possibly run into on a 3 day in September. Seems like there have been some pretty big fish around the last few years.