1/2 Day Rod Selection

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  1. NoahFishStix

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    What are the first few rods you would pick when going on a half day?

    Here’s mine…

    The first rod I would always bring is my TMC-X76MH which I can use for multiple applications (Droper Loops and Swimbaits). I pair this with a lexa 300 spooled to the brim with 30 lb braid with a 4’ 20lb floro leader.

    The second rod I always bring is a Graphtech GIS80M for throwing 60g coltsnipers and smaller surface irons. On this I use Lexa 400 with 50lb braid to a 3’ floro leader.
     
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    Calstar GX8, Newell G220F, 20lb mono, short fluorocarbon leader.
     
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    I'm poor so my gear is vintage. Would old Penn Senators in the 4/0 and 6/0 sizes with 6'6" rods be appropriate for half/three quarter days? Over/under kill?
     
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    The old stuff will still get it done. Got my first yellowfin on an old sealine h. First yellowtail on a jigmaster, first bluefin on a senator 4/0. Not back in the day either, I'm talking like 4 years ago. I've upgraded gear since then but that stuff definitely works. Better off with a 4/0 than a giant bass reel vs bluefin..
    A senator 4/0 could be overkill for halfdays but would do just fine on the bottom fishing side of it.
    If you're looking for something newer and smaller and still budget friendly, a used sealine slh can be found for 50$ used.
     
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    If you're gonna go with "old school" stuff a Jigmaster or Squidder size reel with 15-20 lb mono on a Sabre,Calstar, or Seeker 270 or 870 glass rod will pretty much do anything you need to do on a half or three quarter day boat out of San Diego
     
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    Jigmaster with 25# on a 7' rod is a very versatile compromise combo capable of a lot of different work
     
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    1. 25# set up. Flyline, dropper loop, small jig... It's the most versatile rig and should be on the top of the list for local fishing. Many rod and reel combos can fulfill this role. I have everything from a Jigmaster on a 7ft glass rod to an Accurate 400 on a custom build.

    2. Bass rod. It's halfday fishing don't be without one. 200-300 size baitcaster on a 7-8ft trigger stick. Plastics, metal, flyline chovies.

    3. Jigstick. 40# all mono topshot. When they're boiling around the boat have one ready. Have one suited to your comfort level, type of jigs you throw, reel size you can control and throw all day if you have to.

    4 and beyond... that would depend on the target fish and tactics. I could bring on a backup 25#, lighter 15-20# rig, 40# for heavy dropper loop rig and yoyo. Could also be an SPJ rig, popper or hardbait rig, back up bass rod... really depends on the local bite.
     
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    20220812_103929.jpg 20220812_105756.jpg I was on the New Seaforth a.m. trip today. Been years since i fished a half day. I brought 15lb inshore rod for plastic, 20 and 25lb flyline rods and a jig stick
     
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    jigmaster and glass rod , that was the rental setup back in the day at CISCO in Oxnard. Even caught my albacore in San Diego on a jigmaster that I still have and used it for a full day recently, bullet tuna, dodos, and yellow tail. Simple and works.
     
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    To actually answer the question, I don't fish half days that much, when I do it's when bass are biting good or bonito are around.

    270-8h / Fathom 15 - flyline or megabaits/coltsnipers

    6480 / Fathom 30 - snipers ect, yoyo, dropper

    100j / Fathom 25n - surface iron

    Heavy bass rod for plastics or flyline small baits
     
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    1/2 day light pocket fisherman!
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    Lol team fathom huh
     
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    Yes sir, love em. Got a 15 and 25N star drag, 25N 30 and 40N 2 speeds.

    The fathom II lever drags are coming out in a few months I believe. Not sure exactly what all the improvements are, I believe I read a higher high gear and lower low on the 40n, as well as an 80 size, and the 60 will now be a narrow 80 rather than a wide 40. They will be silver now as well instead of black.
     
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    Mostly overkill. Think Squidder and Jigmaster.
     
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    Biggest improvement a MF 40N in lefty!
     
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