11 to 23 Day Fishing
The following list of gear will help our passengers prepare for their trip. It is by no means a complete list – and some may consider it to be more than needed. A big part of the service we offer is to make sure our passengers are as prepared as possible. Of course, if you have any questions, please feel you can call us at (619) 224–4764. We're standing by to assist you in planning your long–range adventure.
PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP - YOU MUST HAVE A PASSPORT!
Our permit to fish the Mexican Islands stipulates that all passengers, and crew members, have a valid passport.
Packing and Storage
Duffle Bags - Considered best for storage, and for dirty laundry.
Dry Bags - Keep your personal gear dry and clean the entire trip.
Pants - Bring a change for each day. Light material is best.
Shirts - You may need 1 or 2 each day. If you're sun sensitive long sleeves are in order. Light fabric for quick drying and coolness in warm weather. Sweatshirts are handy for nights and cool weather.
Socks – Plan on at least one pair for each day.
Shorts - For those hot sultry summer days.
Under Garments - Breathable material and a fresh change every day
Jacket - For those cool fishing nights and cooler weather.
Sneakers - Bring 2 pair so you'll always have a dry spare.
Boots - Bring 2 pair so you'll always have a dry spare.
Hat - Wide brim, baseball caps, foreign legion. Think Sun Protection.
Light Rain Gear - Very seldom used, but appreciated when it rains.
Sun Glasses - Polarized to cut the glare. Security straps will prevent loss over the side.
Toiletries - Bath towels, shampoo, soap, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. Sunscreen (water proof and broad spectrum type)
Medication - Check with your Physician for preferred method of prevention (Transderm patches are back! These appear to be highly successful.) There are several over-the-counter products that are very effective. Your local Pharmacist would be another excellent source for recommendations. Sunscreen (water proof and broad spectrum type)
Tools - Dykes (cross cutting pliers), duck bill pliers, holder and belt, hook sharpener.
Rod Belts - A personal choice as to what is most comfortable for you. Brands: Tanaguchi, Braid, Smitty. There are several sizes and a wide price range. (Available for rent at Fisherman's Landing)
Standup Harness - Should be the kidney belt or sit down type.
Rubber Gloves - For handling your catch at the end of trip.
Camera - Make sure you have a supply of batteries. Cordless video recorders are also welcome.
Flash Light - Great for those late evening or early morning rigging on a dark deck.
Entertainment - Use the travel time to catch up on that favorite book. We have a great selection of DVDs and VHS tapes, but you're more than welcome to bring one or two to share. Writing Materials - Notebook, stationary, pens and pencils for making notes on what to bring next trip (and what to leave behind.) Keep a daily journal of the action - it will add to your photos. Sea Sickness
Rods and Reels
Line Size 100#
Rod Size 6455XXH, 760H, 6463XXH
Reel Size Penn 50sw, 50s, Shimano Tiagra LRS 50w or Avet Pro EX 50W
Line Size 80# or 100#
Rod Size 6465XH or 760H CalStar Grafighter
Reel Size Penn 50sw, 50s
Line Size 80#
Rod Size 6465XH, 6460XH, or 760M CalStar Grafighter
Reel Size Penn 50sw, 50s, Shimano TLD 50 LRS
Line Size 60#
Rod Size 6465H, 6460H, OR 760M CalStar Grafighter
Reel Size Penn 30S, Avet EX 4, Shimano TLD30 (Both 2 speed)
Line Size 50#
Rod Size 6465H or 760L CalStar Grafighter
Reel Size Penn 30S, or Shimano TLD30 (Both 2 speed)
Line Size 50#
Rod Size 6460H or 6465H CalStar Grafighter
Reel Size Penn 20T or Shimano TLD20 (Both 2 speed)
Line Size 50#
Rod Size 670H, 6470, 6465H or 700H CalStar Grafighter
Reel Size Penn 4/0 Yellowtail Special (4:1 gear ratio), Newell 533 (4:6 to 1 gear ratio), or Newell 540 (4:6 to 1 gear ratio)
Line Size 40#
Rod Size 655H or 670
Reel Size Penn 4/0, Newell 533 or 540
Line Size 30#
Rod Size 670 or 870
Reel Size Newell 338, Penn 555, or Shimano 20/40
Line Size 15# or 20#
Rod Size 270
Reel Size Newell 229 or Daiwa SL20
Mustad 94150, Bronze Finish Size 2/0, 4/0 & 6/0, Quantity (36 of each)
Mustad 7691 Big Game Size 8/0 Quantity (10 each)
Owner Gorilla Size 2/0 & 4/0 Quantity (10 of each)
Mustad 39965D Size 14/0 & 6/0 Qunatity (10 each)
Super Mutu Size 4/0 Quantity (16)
Sliding; 2oz, 4oz, 8oz (10)
Torpedo; 4oz, 8oz, 12oz, 16 oz (10)
Mackerel Catching Rigs
Owner Octopus (4 Hook Rigs & 2 Hook Rigs)
#4 Hooks, 20 lb. with 4 hooks per rig for Caballitto's (8 each)
#1/0 or #2/0 Hooks, 40 lb. with 2 or 3 hook rig for Salami's (4 each)
2 Each - Mid or Large size
1 Each - 2 lb. Spools of most commonly used: 100#, 80#, 60# & 50# Blue for day time, Clear for day time & night
(Line is also available onboard at Tackle Store Prices).
Leader & Backing Material
100 yards of 150 lb. Izorline, Big Game or Maxima. Plus appropriate sleeves.
100 yards of 200 lb. Izorline, Big Game or Maxima. Plus appropriate sleeves.
All reels for big Tuna (100+ lbs) should be equipped with at least 3/4 spool of 80 lb. Spectra backing, or 135 lb. Spectra backing.
6X Jr. Heavy (Chrome Single hook (3 each)
Blue/WhiteTreble hook (3 each)
Scrambled EggTreble hook (3 each)
(Sugested brands Salas, Tady, Hopkins & Iron Man)
Zuker or Seven strand Clones (Albacore size), color zucchini (1 each)
Marauder or Flash Dancer (Single hook 1 each) (S/S Double Hooks 2 each)
40# Seven Strand 1 each 30 ft. spools (A-2 Sleeves)
60# Seven Strand 1 each 30 ft. spools (A-2 Sleeves)
90# Seven Strand 1 each 30 ft. spools (A-3 Sleeves)
275# Seven Strand 1 each 30 ft. spools (A-7 Sleeves)
No Mono-coated wire!
A-2 Seven Strand (200 each)
A-3 Seven Strand (50 each)
A-7 Seven Strand (24 each)
Swagger tool (multi-purpose)
Heavy-duty welded wire type Size 5 (24 each), Size 7 (24 each)
4/0 McMahon (Black) 2 dozen
Wood, plastic or soft-packs to store your tackle
Preferred brands of Rods for quality and performance are: Calstar "West Coast" and "Grafighter Series" and Seeker "Classic" and Black Steel Series. All Reels should have lightweight Aluminum spools. Preferred brand of line is IZORLINE (blue or clear) Reels in Red, should have Braid backing with a mono top shot There are several variations on model numbers and type of Rods and Reels. We've listed the model #'s that we feel work best. Fishing methods are constantly changing, so the wise angler always stays abreast of the latest in techniques and tackle. When deciding on lures, it is sometimes best to wait and consult the personnel at Royal Star Sportfishing, prior to your departure. We have the most current information and know what's working.
Royal Star Office Number: (619) 224–4764.
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