Personal Gear

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 free to call us. We're standing by to assist you in planning for your long-range adventure.

DUFFEL BAGS Considered best for storage
PANTS Bring a change for each day. Light material is preferred so they can dry quickly.
SHIRTS Bring a change for each day. If you are sun sensitive, long sleeves would be in order.
SOCKS Definitely bring a pair for every day - plus EXTRA
SHORTS For those hot sultry days to sunbathe and keep cool
LIGHT JACKET For those cool nights fishing bait
SNEAKERS Bring two pair so you'll always have a dry spare
RUBBER BOOTS One pair of short, comfortable boots
HATS Wide brim, baseball caps, etc.
LIGHT RAIN GEAR Very seldom used, but appreciated when needed
SUNGLASSES Polarized to cut the glare. Security steps are also recommended to prevent loss over the side
TOILETRIES Bath towels, shampoo, soap, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. Staterooms contain an electrical outlet for hair dryers, electrical razors, etc.
TOOLS Dikes, duck bill pliers, holder and belt, hook sharpener, and hyseas mono crimper
ROD BELTS A personal choice as to what is most comfortable for you
HARNESS Should be the kidney belt type
RUBBER GLOVES For handling your catch at the end of the trip
CAMERA & FILM Make sure you have plenty of film and a good supply of batteries. Video recorders are also welcome
ENTERTAINMENT Use the travel time to catch up on that favorite book, or that magazine article you wanted to read. We have a good selection of VHS tapes, but you are more than welcome to bring along one or two to share. Walkman cassette players often come in handy (again, make sure you have a good supply of batteries)
WRITING MATERIAL 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 the photos.
PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP A necessity on trips entering a port. Not necessary for shorter trips. Acceptable documents include: passport, birth certificates, voters registration card, military discharge papers.
SEA SICK MEDICATION & REMEDIES Check with your physician for preferred method of prevention. There are several over-the-counter products that are very effective. Your local pharmacists would be another excellent source for recommendations.

Rods and Reels
3 to 6 Day Trips

Rig #1 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
80# or 60#
6455XXH or 760M Grafighter w/roller guides
PENN 6/0, 50 or Shimano Tiagra 30W or 50
Rig #2 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
50#
6460H or 6455H or 765L Grafighter
PENN 4/0 Yellowtail Conversion or Shimano TLD 30
Rig #3 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
40#
6465H, 6455H or 765XL, 700M Grafighter
NEWELL 533, 540 or Trinidad 40, TLD 20
Rig #4 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
30#
6465, 665 or 700M, 700ML Grafighter
NEWELL 338 or Trinidad 30
Rig #5 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
25#
870, 970 or 700L Grafighter
NEWELL 332 or Trinidad 20
   
  * Rod numbers are based on Calstar
  * All reels should have lightweight aluminum spools
  * Preferred brands of line or Izorline and Big Game
     
There are several variations of model numbers and types of rods and reels. We've listed the model numbers that fit the requirements. Your favorite California salt water tackle store can assist you in comparable products if you so desire. If you need the name and phone number of a reputable tackle store near you, please call.

Terminal Tackle
3 to 6 Day Trips

Hooks: Eagle Claw L2005 FS
Size Quantity
5/0 50
6/0 50
7/0 50
 
Bronze Finish Mustad 94150
Size Quantity
2 50
1  
1/0 50
2/0 50
6/0 50
9/0 50
 
Owner Super Mutu or Hayabusa
Size Quantity
2/0 20
4/0 20
6/0 20
 
Sinkers: Rubber core 1/2 oz & 1 oz 12
Splitshot PSS-2 & PSS-3 12
Torpedo 6 oz 6
Torpedo 8 oz 6
Torpedo 12 oz 6
Casting Lures: Salas 6X Jr Heavys
Assorted Colors - Chome, Blue/White, Green/Yellow, etc. Treble hooks and single hooks are OK. When deciding on lures, it is sometimes best to wait and consult the crew on the boat. They usually know what's working.
Bass Lures: Leadheads, Fish Traps, Scampis, etc.
Trolling Lures: 1 Mexican Flag or Zucchini
2 Each Stainless Double Hooks
1 Rapala or Mirrolure
1 Cedar Plug
Brand: Zuker or Sevenstrand Clones
Mackerel Catching Rigs: Yozuri's or Lucky Lures. #4 Hooks. 30# with 4 hooks per rig
Line: 2# spools of most commonly used line. 30# to 50#
Tackle Box: Wood or plastic or material to store your tackle

Rods and Reels
7 to 10 Day Trips

Rig #1 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
80# with 500 Yds. 135# Spectra
6455XXH or 760M Grafighter w/ roller guides
PENN 6/0 or PENN 50
Rig #2 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
60# with 500 Yds. 80# Spectra
6455XH or 7656 Grafighter w/ roller guides
PENN II4HL or SHIMANO TLD 30
Rig #3 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
50#
6455H or 6460H or 6465H
PENN 4/0 with Yellowtail Conversion or NEWELL 540 or 533
Rig #4 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
40#
6455H or 665H
PENN 500 or NEWELL 447
Rig #5 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
40#
6455H or 6460H
PENN 500 or NEWELL 338F
Rig #6 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
30#
6455 or 6460 or 6465 or 670
PENN 500 or NEWELL 229F
Rig #7 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
25#
820
NEWELL 229F
  • Rod Numbers are based on Calstar
  • All reels should have lightweight aluminum spools
  • Preferred brands of line are Izorline and Big Game

There are several variations of model numbers and types of rods and reels. We've listed the model numbers that fit the requirements. Your favorite California salt water tackle store can assist you in comparable products of you so desire. If you need the name and phone number of a reputable tackle store near you, please call.


Due to the unprecedented big tuna fishing on recent 10-day trips, Tim and I have a few suggestions. First, don't go overboard on buying gear or learning new connections. Second, avoid the short topshots and fluorocarbon as this fish has been biting very well. Third, if you have the following three rigs you will be fine. If you don't, call the office and we will arrange to have them for you. If you have extra gear, double up on rig #2.

#1
Calstar 765H or 760H
Penn or Shimano 2-speed 50
50-200 yard 80lb topshot with 130lb spectra backing

#2
Calstar 760H or XH
Penn or Shimano 2-speed 50W
50-200 yard 100lb topshot with 130lb spectra backing

#3
Calstar 760H or XH
Penn or Shimano 2-speed 50W or 80
25-100 yards 130 or 150lb topshot with 150-200lb spectra backing

These three suggestions are a general guideline, if you don't have the exact rigs try to match them with something comparable.

Terminal Tackle
7 to 10 Day Trips

Hooks: Eagle Claw L2005 FS
Size Quantity
7/0 50
8/0 50
9/0 50
   
Mustad 94150
Size Quantity
2 50
2/0 50
4/0 50
6/0 50
9/0 50
   
Owner Super Mutu or Hayabusa
Size Quantity
5/0 20
7/0 20
9/0 20
     
Sinkers: Size Quantity
Rubbercore 1/2 & 1oz 12 each
Splitshot PSS-2 & 3 12 each
Torpedo 6oz 6
Torpedo 8oz 6
Torpedo 12oz 6
Torpedo 16oz 6
   
Casting Lures: Salas 6X jr heavy 6
Salas 7X lt or  
Tady 45 6
   
Trolling Lures: Braid Marauders
3 total med. or large size
 
Wire: 40# Seven Strand 2 each 30ft. spools
60# Seven Strand 2 each 30ft. spools
90# Seven Strand 2 each 30ft. spools
250# Seven Strand 2 each 30ft. spools
   
Wire Sleeves: Size Quantity
A-2 150 Each
A-3 100 Each
A-7 50 Each
1 pair High Seas crimping pliers  
Swivels: 5/0 McMahon (Black) 50
1/0 50
 
Mackerel Catching Rigs: Hayabusa, Yozuri, or Lucky Lura 4 hook rigs
Size Quantity
#4 6
2/0 (2 hook rig) 6
   
Tackle Box: Wood, plastic, or material to store your tackle on deck

Rods and Reels
16 to 23 Day Trips

Rig #1 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
100# with 500 Yds. 135# Spectra
6455XXH or 760H Grafighter w/roller guides
PENN 50SW or Shimano Tiagra 50W
Rig #2 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
100# with 500 Yds. 135# Spectra
6455XXH or 760H Grafighter
PENN 50SW or Tiagra 50W
Rig #3 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
80# with 500 Yds. 135# Spectra
6355XXH or 760M Grafighter
PENN 50SW,50 or Tiagra 50W,50
Rig #4 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
60# with 500 Yds. 80# Spectra
655XH or 765M Grafighter
Shimano TLD 30 or Penn 30
Rig #5 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
50#
700H
NEWELL 533-5.5 or Trinidad 40
Rig #6 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
50#
Grayfighter 700H or 765L
PENN 4/0 Yellowtail Spec. or Trinidad 40
Rig #7 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
40#
6465H or 765XL Grafighter
PENN 4/0 with Yellowtail Spec. or Trinidad 30
Rig #8 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
30#
6455 or 700M Grafighter
NEWELL 338 or Trinidad 20
  • Rod Numbers are based on Calstar
  • All reels should have lightweight aluminum spools
  • Preferred brands of line are Izorline and Big Game

There are several variations of model numbers and types of rods and reels. We've listed the model numbers that fit the requirements. Your favorite California salt water tackle store can assist you in comparable products of you so desire. If you need the name and phone number of a reputable tackle store near you, please call.

Terminal Tackle
16 to 23 Day Trips

Hooks: Eagle Claw L2005 FS
Size Quantity
7/0 50
8/0 50
9/0 50
   
Mustad 94150
Size Quantity
4/0 50
6/0 50
   
Mustad 7691  
Size Quantity
7/0 10
9/0 20
11/0 10
   
Owner Supter Mutu or Hayabusa
Size Quantity
5/0 20
7/0 20
9/0 20
 
Sinkers: Size Quantity
Torpedo 6 oz 6
Torpedo 8 oz 6
Torpedo 12 oz 6
 
Wahoo Lures: (Single Hooks) Size Quantity
Salas 6X jr Heavy or 6
Raiders
Bombs 6
Trolling Lures: Braid Marauders
3 total medium or large size
Wire: 40# Seven Strand 2 each 30 ft. spools
60# Seven Strand 2 each 30 ft. spools
90# Seven Strand 2 each 30 ft. spools
250# Seven Strand 2 each 30 ft. spools
No mono-coated wire
 
Wire Sleeves: A-2 150 Each
A-3 100 Each
A-5 50 Each
1 pair High Seas crimping pliers
Swivels: Size Quantity
5/0 McMahon (Black) 50
1/0 50
 
Mackerel Catching Rigs: Hayabusa, Yozuri, or Lucky Lura 4 hook rigs
Size Quantity
#4 12
2/0 (2 hook rig) 12
     
Mono: Size Quantity
  150# 100 Yards
200# 100 Yards
5 lb. spools of most commonly used sizes. (60, 80, 100)
     
Mono Sleeves: Size Quantity
  1.6mm (150lb) 150
  1.9mm (200lb) 150
  High Seas mono crimping pliers.
     
Wins on Leaders: Size Quantity
  150lb - 50ft. 3
200lb - 50ft. 3
 
Tackle Box wood, plastic, or material to store your tackle on deck.
   
   

Rods and Reels
Panama Trip

Rig #1 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
100#
6455XXH or 760H Grafighter (w/roller guides)
PENN 50W or Shimano Tiagra 50W
Rig #2 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
Same As Above
Rig #3 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
80#
6355XXH or 760M Grafighter (w/roller guides)
PENN 50 or Shimano Tiagra 50
Rig #4 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
Same As Above
Rig #5 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
60#
765 L or M Grafigher (w/roller guides)
PENN 30 or 30W - Shimano TLD 30 or Tiagra 30
Rig #6 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
Same As Above
Rig #7 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
50#
6455H
NEWELL 540 5.5 or Shimano 40
Rig #8 Line Size
Rod Size
Reel Size
30#
6460 OR 670
NEWELL 338
  • Rod Numbers are based on Calstar
  • Preferred brands of line are Izorline and Big Game

There are several variations of model numbers and types of rods and reels. We've listed the model numbers that fit the requirements. Your favorite salt water tackle store can assist you in comparable products of you so desire. If you need the name and phone number of a reputable tackle store near you, please call us.

Terminal Tackle
Panama Trip

Hooks: Eagle Claw L2005 FS
Size Quantity
7/0 50
8/0 50
9/0 50
 
Bronze Finish Mustad 94150 (optional)
Size Quantity
4/0 50
6/0 50
8/0 50
 
Mustad 7691
Size Quantity
7/0 12
9/0 12
11/0 12
   
Sinkers: Buy on Board  
Casting Lures: Size Quantity
Salas 6x jr blue & chrome single hook 6
  Salas 7X or Tady 45 lights 6
Trolling Lures: Marauders 2
Line: 100 yards of 200lb
  100 yards of 150lb
  We will have bulk line and leader material available onboard.
   
Mono Crimps: 100 each for 200lb (1.9mm)
  100 each for 150lb (1.6mm)
  1 Pair High Seas Mono Crimping Pliers
   
Wind on Leaders: Size Quantity
  100lb @ 25 yards 4 each
  150lb @ 25 yards 4 each
  If you plan to use wind-on leaders in smaller sizes, 5 each.
   
Mackerel Catching Rigs: Size Quantity
Yozuri's, Hayabusa, or Lucky Lures. #4 Hooks, 30# with 4 hooks per rig 4
Yozuri or Hayabusa 1/0 Hooks with 2 hooks per rig 4
   
Squid Jigs: Size Quantity
  Small 2
  Large 2
   
Swivels: Size Quantity
McMahon (black)
4/0 2
1/0 3
This is simply a suggestions, keep in mind that all terminal gear will be available on bard at shoreside prices.

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