What would you buy if you could only take ONE rod and reel set up for an 8 day trip?

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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.
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!
 
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Since Pandora’s box has been opened, I’ll throw in the UC Viper with a Mak 20... because they’re out there and that’s a beast handler
 
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    Sounds like going to golf with only a putter or a driver. If money is no concern and it's an 8 day trip please get this man at least two set ups. He's gotta be worth it! Am I right?
     
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    Willdoggy

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    Personally I think she sounds like the one who's worth it.
    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?
     
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    In view of your consideration of possibly buying him "two" rigs, again several other posters have hit the next most useful choice.
    Penn Torque TRQ30NLD2 reel, filled 3/4 full of 65-pound braid, and usually topshotted with 40-pound test mono/fluoro.
    Match to a 7-8 foot rod rated 25-50 or 30-60.
    Its perfect for flylining live sardines for just about any species under 100 pounds; tuna, wahoo, dorado, yellowtail, etc.
    Also good for "sniper type" jigs when the sub-100 pound tuna are biting those well.
    You can definitely land tuna over 100 pounds with this rig, but everything [like knots!] needs to go well.
    This rig will also get used a lot, but not for quite as many different tactics as the TRQ40NLD2.
     
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    streetnfish

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    If you are going to get him 2 outfits that are go to rigs, I would suggest . . .

    1) 7.5-8 foot rod rated around 20-40 lb and a 3/0 sized reel. This will allow you to fish 30lb mono. This will allow for bait fishing for schoolie sized dorado, tuna, yellowtai, wahoo.

    2) 7- 7.5 foot rod rated around 40-80 lb and a 4/0 sized reel. This will allow you to fish 50lb line. This will allow for bait fishing for larger tuna and yellowtail. Will also allow for heavy jig for tuna and yellowtail as well as wahoo bomb fishing for wahoo. You can also use it for light dropper loop fishing for smaller bottom fish.

    An 8 day trip will fish for a variety of species and the setups above will be most versatile. If your husband has not fished saltwater since he was a kid and not often since then I would guess that he is pretty much at the "beginner" stage in offshore long range fishing. ( thats not a put down). If so I would NOT suggest giving him a reel full of spectra. While it would make his setups even more versatile, they take a certain skill set and experience to use.
    You didn't answer the question as to whether he can cast a convention reel or not. If he can't then you DEFINITELY don't want to give him a reel full of spectra. It would just be an expensive exercise in frustration for him and possibly the other anglers on the boat. I would even go so far at to suggest SPINNING REEL setups for him if he cannot cast a conventional reel. You said you want to get him " hooked ". Part of that means catching fish. Most of the time that means being able to get a bait or lure out to them. Luckily you will have lots of help from the crew and he will catch fish but you get "hooked" when you are able to get a bait out by yourself, and then hook and land a fish. Nothing is like that accomplishment especially for us male types 😉
    Anyway, that is my suggestion and why. If you want details on specific setups, you can drop me a PM. Otherwise, lots of good suggestions on here.

    Good Luck 👍
     
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    Thank you. Thankfully, he a very good albeit out of practice fisherman. He will definitely be practicing his casting and have his “coming out” at the rail down pat :)
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    Bob Sands

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    Hi TeaTime,

    What a great and thoughtful gift for your husband. You are welcome to PM me to help with the setup request.. I do this sort of thing every week helping new comers and experienced folks alike get suggestions for their next great rig(s).

    We are a tackle shop located in the San Fernando Valley but there is no obligation to purchase from us no matter how much time I spend with you. I also help with technique advice if the person is looking for that sort of thing... Much of the choices of rig may come down to the hand size of the person using the rig as well as the techniques they use.

    For a first rig for the 8 day, where price is not too much of an object, that will last a lifetime, take a look at either the United Composites (UC) RGP 76 or RGP 80 Predator matched to either a Penn 30 or 40 Torque Two speed. Again, the reel size may be a function of your Husband's hand size for this rig.. (No, not getting personal). Buying off the rack (Factory Wrap) will work great if your husband is of reasonable sized girth in the chest and height.. If he is super wide or super tall it might be worth paying a few dollars more to get a custom wrapped version of the noted rods.

    On an August 8 day there are a ton of species that may be found and a ton of techniques that can and will be used.. Both rods I noted will be able to cover about 90% of the needs of a normal 8 day. All rod quivers start with the first rig. No doubt, there will be more in your or his future. Of course, if you are looking to purchase a second rig, I can go over those options as well..

    If you PM me, I will be happy to give you my phone number so we can chat to get more exacting information on what might be best for you to purchase for your husband. I can also get you more familiar with the different manufacturers rod building methods and the differences between the variety of rods and reels that have been recommended on this thread.

    Very best of luck on your wonderful mission to find a great rig for your husband.

    Respectfully,

    Jamie
     

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    As 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.
    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 ocean 😜
     
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    2Rotten

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    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!

    Intrepid has excellent "Loaner" rigs all you pay for is line charge. To fill in the gaps in what you will have/what you will need. Just need to let them know ahead of time.

    You could catch anything from 20# Dorado up to 200# Tuna!
     
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    pukahd

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    My 1 set up would be United Composite US80 Predator (not a GP80 Predator)

    I have 2 US80 and 2 GP 80models

    For the US80 I fish 40 and 50 and in a pinch could fish 30 on it if that’s my only 1 rod.

    1 reel to bring ? : Okuma Makaira 15T
     
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    Loves2hook

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    Man that's tough.....lol there have been a ton of great suggestions! I think personally for me if it were 2 setups it would be a Calstar GFGR 800MH 20-50 with a Torque 30 or 40NLD2 spooled with 65lb braid and Calstar GFGR 7470H 50-100 with a VISX 16 with 80lb braid , but what do I know, I just like to buy stuff LOL
     
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