I want to buy my husband a rod and reel for his 8 day trip in the beginning of August leaving out of San Diego. He needs a “go to” versatile setup. Cost is not a concern. What would you take if you could only bring one setup on a trip like this?
That would be really hard to do, but if I had to it would be Penn Torque 40nld2 with UC GP 80 Terminator.
May be the best answer so far. Dang it... I might have to buy 3 setups now!Going along with several other posters, the Penn Torque TRQ40NLD2 does more different jobs than almost any other reel on a trip like that.
Fill it 3/4 full with 80-pound braid, and then let him "topshot" it with 50/60/80 pound mono/fluoro as the day's conditions may dictate.
This rig [with varying topshots] can be used for dropping yo-yo iron for 15-50 pound yellowtail, casting raider jigs/wahoo bombs for wahoo, flylining live sardines for 40-125 pound yellowfin tuna at Guadalupe Island [if open!], and even for sinker rigs and flatfall jigs for local bluefin tuna in the 75-175 pound class.
Match it with a 7 to 8-foot rod rated for 40-100 pound lines, and its as versatile as a single setup can possibly be.