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Old 04-29-2008, 05:25 PM
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My co-conspirator and I are having a discussion about what the right setup
is. With new boat in tow we are now capable to go offshore for bigger fish.
With the season just starting we are also seeing a lot of gear for sale.

Some prices are out of whack while a few deals are available. So the question
is what makes a good setup.

If you were to compare Shimano vs Penn as the two mainstays.

I like Penn, He likes Shimano. What we have right now

(2) Shimano Lever Drag TLD25 on
(1) 5'9 Tsunami Trophy 50-80 TSTSU 5950 &
(1) 6' Shakespere Tidewater BTW 60 SURR 30-60

(2) 9/0 Penn Senators on (2) 6' Osprey all roller Rods RFTR 6080 180SL

1 14/0 Penn Senator 7' Beefy Stick all rollers. Looks like a 130lb class rod
(its older, burgandy color with an eagle on it) other stuff is worn off
Not sure of the brand. I'll get a picture when I can. Its at my buddies
house. Straight butt rod.

The question is what are we targeting? I'd guess mostly schoolie tuna and
perhaps if we can a Giant BFT. Oh, sharks too!

We assume the gear we have will suffice the schoolies but if we pick up
1 or 2 other setups, what should we get?

Can a giant be boated without a gunnel swivel rod holder. Are we gonna
need a chair? I assume the swivel is a must... Chair? not sure.

Can a Penn 80 or shimano 80 bring him boat side? Are the 130s the only way?

There are quite a few folks selling Penn 130s with rods for a Grand a piece.
We haven't made any offers on them yet but need to be informed first. The 14/0 we have
is quite a beast and would give a decent fight with a giant.

My buddy is a big guy and thinks he can handle the fight... At 330lbs and 6'2
I would think he'd last a while. I'd think his arms would fall off first. I'm
trying to tell him we need the swivel holder...Not sure he gets it

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Old 05-07-2008, 02:51 PM
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Default Re: Tuna Setup

last summer my uncle and i brought a 278 lb bigeye into the boat and the biggest rods he has a 80s.......that fish was on a 50......its like any other type of fishing......if you know how to set a drag and fight a fish properly you shouldn't have any problem with some 50s and maybe an 80 or two
I didn't think I could become more addicted to fishing....... then I met a striper.
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Old 05-07-2008, 03:04 PM
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I bought a Penn 70 last year and it worked great, a caught a 100 lbs big eye on it and I thought it out performed a Penn 80 that I also caught a big eye on. Keep your eyes open maybe some guys might dump some stuff if gas prices get too high. Also if you live in or near Southern RI, Wildwood Outfitters in Wakefiled RI is going out og business and all items are on sale. I see you are in Mass. call them to see availability, 401-789-1244.
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