The 40# and 50-80# setups should cover it. A Torque 25Nld2 and a 40Nld2 would cover it all. Get them in silver! This year an 8 day will probably spend a couple of days up here fishing BFT and then head south. Down south the 25 for bait and the 40 for jigs and bombs while up here the 25 for bait and the 40 for sinker rigs and flat falls. If hubby isn't a Penn guy there are equivalent setups from Shimano, Daiwa, Accurate, Okuma that'll get it done too. Me? I use them all! Can't go wrong with UC rods regardless of the reels!Thread '5 to 8 day rod & reel recommendation list [updated]' https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/5-to-8-day-rod-reel-recommendation-list-updated.650517/
Have you stumbled across this thread yet? This give you an idea of what the boats recommend for gear as far as number of set ups. By any chance is his trip sponsored? Most of the time sponsored trip bring a ton of gear for folks to use. If you are considering 2 a great option would be fathom or torque depending on budget 25n and 40 and appropriate #30-#40 and #40-#60 rods.
Totally a great wife for posing this question, especially among all us kooks! Only trying to help get this guy (with a great wife) get what he really needs. And when I say "need" have you seen my garage full of rods and reels?Personally I think she sounds like the one who's worth it.
Dave Berutich 8 day - Intrepid
I disagree with you about one club. Be it one club or a whole bag of clubs I always end up in the trees, and pissed off. That is why I fish, you can’t miss the oceanAs noted, going on an 8-day trip with just one rig would be akin to going to play golf at Pebble Beach with just one club.
You could do it, but you would miss out on numerous opportunities to do better.
That said, I am assuming you want to buy him something very nice, and then just let him rent/borrow the rest from the boat or landing.
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.
Amy and I are fishing the Dave Berutich 10-Day on The Intrepid October 2 - 12! And our friends Steve and Alice are joining us Fun! Be sure to post up a Trip Report I will look forward to hearing how you did!Dave Berutich 8 day - Intrepid