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  1. g20zoom

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    My kids really want to go on a 1/2 day next week so I want to see what you guys recommend for a setup including rigs. The heaviest gear we have on hand are medium 7' rods or so and Shimano 2500 spinning reels. From what I read, this might cut it with 20# braid. What do you guys think? How far do you drop down? Any recommendations on boats? Is the 1/2 mornings most productive and what's the average size/weight of the catch? Thanks for any input.
     
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    Drop to the bottom with a 4oz.
    Most catches I’ve seen on 1/2 days are small. 12” or less with a few exceptions of sand or calico bass. Maybe a good sized sheephead will be caught. But that’s my experience for the few times on those boats.
     
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    Use the heaviest gear you have available. I have a couple jigmaster combos available that need some fresh 25#. Shrimp chunks for the sheepies and whitefish
     
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    Thanks, let me see. What bait do these boats typically provide, if any for the 1/2 day?
     
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    They will stop to get live bait. Sardines or anchovies usually. They often bring out squid and cut strips as an option. You can bring your own shrimp as Werfless suggested. You can get a 1lb or 2lb bag from the grocery store - tail on is better. Another option is to stop at a market in Kearny Mesa to get whole shrimp, tail head and all but I’ve had success with the frozen ones.
     
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    Live bait... Some charge for squid, none provide shrimp.. get on it
     
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    You can always rent setups from the landing. M spinning rod and 2500 is far from ideal.
     
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    Just find some cheap jigmaster and rod setups for $40-50 used… or just rent if it’s $10 each
     
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    shrimp work great when they start targeting whitefish later in day. Put on a smaller hook and shrimp segment and you'll be pulling up whitefish on every drop.
     
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    I use med/heavy reels with 6' rods spooled with 50 lb braid. Get some torpedo weights in the 10-12 oz size with pretied 2 hook (#0/1-#1 size) leaders as terminal tackle I like the heavier size weights because unless your bumping on the bottom your wasting your time. Plan on fishing in 150-200 ft or more and if there is a current lighter weights won't get you on the bottom. I alway like to use squid as it stay on the hook fairly well and works for me.
     
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    On boats in Southern Calif I like to use shrimp flys than you can buy at Walmart for 1.75 each. It's pre rigged with two hooks and a swivel for your weight. Saves lots of time trying to tie dropper loops and keeps the tiny rockfish off. Just put a piece of squid at the end of the flys. I usually use a 10 ounce weight, sometimes 12 or 16 ounce, matters how deep and current.
     
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    When there's mackerel bycatch, I've seen them donated to the deckhands who will then cut them into strips for everyone to use.

    Would the ming yang CL60 be a viable reel for rockfishing?
     
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    A bit on the small side, would work fine with braid, I would say. Pair with a lightweight rod and a mono leader, should be fine. Would not recommend for big RF or dedicated ling and halibut work, probably be ok for the occasional big fish, even an accidental YT once in awhile. Keep your maintenance game on point...
     
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    From my kayak I've consistently had larger rockfish in deeper water, 150-250' - the half-day boats with 20+ anglers don't seem to like to go that deep unless they have to. I suspect it's because having 20 people fishing in relatively close proximity with 200' of line out creates a lot of shenanigans for the deckhands. They're pretty easy to catch, and whitefish are even easier - just use a small hook if you're targeting whitefish, they have small mouths.
     
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    DIY shrimp flies. Pipe cleaners & feathers from the arts/craft store, lawn chair webbing from Amazon, 6/0 mustad Kirby hooks. I think I average about 30 or 40 cents each just whip up a new batch as needed. Could be a fun project for the kids.

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    Those look great; they would absolutely work. The amount they charge at Turners for something similar is sickening.
     
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    They caught me 6 nice reds on the San Diego last weekend after striking out on the yellowtail fishing (whole boat only got 6 or 7 tails that day)
     
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    Very cool, I did something similar with O'Shaughnessy hooks and chartreuse feathers (I just bought a Halloween feather necklace prop and broke it up lol) for bonito.
     
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