Gear Recommendations

3 to 6 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.

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.

Personal Gear
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)

Fishing Equipment
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
Rigging #1
Line Size 80# or 100#
Rod Size 6455XXH, 760H, 6463XXH
Reel Size Penn 114H, 50sw, Shimano 50w or AVET Pro EX 50W

Rigging #2

Line Size 60#
Rod Size 6460XH, 760M or 765ML
Reel Size Shimano TLD30, Tyrnos 30II or Penn 30s or GLD 30

Rigging #3
Line Size 50#
Rod Size 6460H, 6465H, 6470H, 765L or 700H
Reel Size Penn GLD 20II or Shimano TLD20 2spd or Tyrnos 20II

Rigging #4

Line Size 40#
Rod Size 670, 700M or 6470
Reel Size Penn "Baja Special", Shimano TN 40, Newell 533

Rigging #5
Line Size 25# or 30#
Rod Size 870, 970 or 700ML
Reel Size Penn 545GS, Shimano TLD 20/40, TN 20 or Newell 332

Terminal Tackle

Hooks
Mustad 94150 (Bronze Finish) in sizes 2, 2/0, 4/0, 6/0 & 9/0; Quantity= 50 of each
Owner Gorilla, for bigger Bluefin offshore & Guadalupe Yellowtail; Size= 2/0, 3/0 & 4/0; Quantity= 12 of each

Circle Hooks
Owner Super Mutu in Size 4/0 or Eagle Claw 2004 or 2005 in size 6/0
Bait Catching Rigs 2 Each – Owner Octopus 4 Hook – Model #5525–075

Line
1 Each – 1/2 lb. or 1 lb. Spool of most commonly used: 30#, 40#, & 50#.
(Line is also available onboard, at Tackle Store prices).

Sinkers
Sliding; 2 oz, 4 oz and 8 oz (3 to 4 Each)
Torpedo; 4 oz, 8 oz, 12 oz and 16 oz (2 to 3 Each)
Split Shot PSS–2 (good for Albacore) – 1 Bag Casting Lures: SALAS 6X and SALAS 6X Jr. 2 to 4 Each. Assorted colors: Chrome, Blue / chrome, blue/white, green/yellow or Scrambled Egg. Treble and single hooks.

Trolling Lures

Zuker Albacore Feathers or Seven Strand Tuna Clones
Colors: Mexican Flag, Zucchini, Black & Purple

Bass Lures
MC Lures or Fish Trap Lures
(5 " tails with 1 oz or 1.5 oz lead heads)

Additional Notes

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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