Anchovies and sardines have been the bait of choice so rod/reel combos of 20-50# line are recommended as well as hook sizes from#2 to 3/0. Flourocarbon leaders or top shots are also a good idea as they provide higher abrasion resistance and less visibility than mono.
Check the schedule at Seaforth for current trips, or call me direct for charters 760-889-2090. Thanks Pride & Aztec Captain & Crews.
Photo credits to angler Justin Ryan.