Re: Hull Gut
I recomend using 25# at least. Tons of kelp out in the channel that I get hung up on while drifting bait. Be ready to get stuck hard on the bottom, but if you keep horsing you'll get it.
The only reason I've ever fished the gut was that it's one of the few spots I know of with deep water within casting distance. I used to fish there in the winter for cod, but it didn't work so well.
I've heard of some folks catching dog fish there. . . if that's you're idea of fun.