Gear Recommendations

7 to 10 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.

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.

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.
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.
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, 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.

Rods and Reels

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

Rigging #2

Line Size 60#
Rod Size 6465H, 760M or 765ML
Reel Size Shimano TLD30, Tyrnos 30II or Penn 30s or GLD 30

Rigging #3 (Jig Outfit)
Line Size 50#
Rod Size 6465H, 6470H, 6470H, 765L or 700H
Reel Size Penn GLD 20II or Trinidad 40 Newell 540 or 533 (5:5 Gear Ratio)

Rigging #4
(Bait Outfit)
Line Size 50#
Rod Size 665H, 6465H, 6470H, 700H or 765L
Reel Size Penn GLD 20 or GLD 30, Avet EX 4, Shimano TLD 20II, TLD 30, Tyrnos 20II or 30II

Rigging #5
Line Size 25# or 30#
Rod Size 870, 970 or 700ML
Reel Size Shimano Trinidad 30 or 40 Penn Baja Special, Newell 540 (3.2: 1 Ratio) or 533 (4.6 : 1 Ratio)

Rigging #6
Line Size 25# or 30#
Rod Size 870, 970 or 700M
Reel Size Shimano Trinidad 20 or 30 Newell 332, 338 Penn 545

Terminal Tackle

Mustad 94150, Bronze Finish Size= 1/0, 2/0, 4/0, 6/0 & 9/0 Quantity (24) of each
Mustad 7691 Big Game; Size= 7/0 & 9/0; Quantity (3) of each
Owner Gorilla; Size= 2/0 & 4/0 Quantity (10) each

Circle Hooks
Mustad 39965D Size 16/0 Qunatity (8)
Super Mutu Size 4/0 Quantity (8)

Sliding; 2oz, 4oz, 8oz (10)
Torpedo; 4oz, 8oz, 12oz, 16 oz (10)

Mackerel Catching Rigs
6 Each - Owner Octopus 4 Hook - Model #5525-075

Squid Catchers
2 Each - Mid or Large size

1 Each - 2# spool of most commonly used: 30#, 40# 50# & 60#. Blue for day time, clear for day time & night
(Line is also available onboard at Tackle Store Prices).

Leader & Backing Material
1 leader wheel (30 ft) of 150 lb. - Izorline, Maxima or Big Game 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.

Casting Lures
6X Jr. Heavy (Chrome Single hook (3 each)
Blue/WhiteTreble hook (3 each)
Scrambled EggTreble hook (3 each)

Trolling Lures
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!

Wire Sleeves
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

Tackle Box
Wood, plastic or soft-packs to store your tackle

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.

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