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Tackle wise I've taken y'all's sage advice and I'm good to go now. I know I'm asking the hell out of questions here so I'll throw everything in all at once:

  1. My first trip will be in Dec. what do I need to be plan on bring clothing wise? do I need bibs and special made jacket? I plan I wearing shrimp boots.
  2. Vittles: What's the food situation? Do I need to bring all my own food or not? I know Scuba covered this on the OP, but I'm getting conflicting reports.
  3. Storage: I know that capt Matt stated that rods and tackle will need to be stored on the upper deck. I'm assuming we're able to keep or clothing on our bunk, correct?
 

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Can't really say what the weather will be like in December yet, but I did a late November trip once and it was pleasant wearing jeans and a long sleeve t-shirt. You can bring food, but the cook can make a really good cheeseburger on the griddle at a very reasonable price. They also make breakfast burritos and sandwiches for breakfast. Not a huge menu, but enough to get by on for the trip. And, rods and tackle stay upstairs, but I always bring enough stuff inside to make leaders or whatever while sitting at my table to pass the time. Clothing, sleeping bag, overnight bag, small soft sided cooler can stay with you at your table/bench. Hope this helps....
 

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The breakfast burritos were better than any of the places I frequent around home and they were priced very well. Snack food would be a good idea for a quick bite in between drifts but the galley can keep you well fed for a very reasonable price.

Considering what you pay for a beer in a bar these days their beer prices are good too if you like a frosty one every now and then while fishing.
 

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Tackle wise I've taken y'all's sage advice and I'm good to go now. I know I'm asking the hell out of questions here so I'll throw everything in all at once:

  1. My first trip will be in Dec. what do I need to be plan on bring clothing wise? do I need bibs and special made jacket? I plan I wearing shrimp boots.
  2. Vittles: What's the food situation? Do I need to bring all my own food or not? I know Scuba covered this on the OP, but I'm getting conflicting reports.
  3. Storage: I know that capt Matt stated that rods and tackle will need to be stored on the upper deck. I'm assuming we're able to keep or clothing on our bunk, correct?
Bring rain gear in case it rains, you need to stay dry.
Bring layers of clothes so you can add and subtract based on weather changes and fighting fish.
I usually bring my food for first 12-24 hours than buy from the galley but I'm an ex-army guy so not super picky. You can cut costs by filling your soft side with snacks and drinks.
You can keep your clothes and small tackle boxes at your bunk. I keep my milk crate upstairs by bungee cording to the rail.
 

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Picked up a Penn Squall 50 and put it on a 6' Tackle Direct Silver Hook Rod Hvy Wt rated for 50-100lb test. I'm gonna fill her up with powerpro 80lb braid. All these late season reports of 100+ lbs. fish made me think I better beef it up.
 

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On my last trip a few guys brought their own zip ties to tag the fish. Would yall suggest this and do the deck hands mind?
 

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Tackle wise I've taken y'all's sage advice and I'm good to go now. I know I'm asking the hell out of questions here so I'll throw everything in all at once:

  1. My first trip will be in Dec. what do I need to be plan on bring clothing wise? do I need bibs and special made jacket? I plan I wearing shrimp boots.
  2. Vittles: What's the food situation? Do I need to bring all my own food or not? I know Scuba covered this on the OP, but I'm getting conflicting reports.
  3. Storage: I know that capt Matt stated that rods and tackle will need to be stored on the upper deck. I'm assuming we're able to keep or clothing on our bunk, correct?
I had my first trip in December last year and it was a big success with 8 YFT. Probably you already know the gears, so I will be add some points for beginners.
  1. Talk to your doctor to get a patch for seasickness - Somebody advised me that but I decided to bring Dramamine only and think it was good enough due to my experience with 8-9 one-day trips. First day of last year trip, the waves were about 7-8 ft and I was totally defeated - just fished for 30 minutes and got a couple of beeliners. It was terrible. Second day, the wind and waves died down and I could fish. If you are not a seasoned fisherman, don't take any chance like me.
  2. Don't bring banana on the boat :D
  3. Bring a light headlamp. It's useful when fighting a fish (when landing) at night, or retied your knots, or looking for your favorite lures in your bag.
  4. You can keep most of your stuff in your bunk - bring a light sleeping bag and a pillow for your comfort. It can be very chilly inside the cabin.
 

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There is a great post regarding 7 strand wire for jigs here.
https://www.360tuna.com/threads/best-tactic-for-yft-on-gpb.63298/page-7

I am going to try that for my Halcos as well to save them from cudas
Hey Eric, did you ever find an answer to this? I too would like to see if there is something to use to prevent the Cuda cut off's. I have considered buying some pre-made titanium leaders on Ebay, but also worried about not getting YF bites on my Halco's if I decide to use them.....
 

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I shot a video of the 5/10-5/11 trip, I tried to show some of the things that I do before and during the trip:
1. Catching bait (where and how)
2. Catching scamp with pinfish
3. Casting Halcos
4. Jigging
5. Chunking

I was swapping out SD cards and batteries between drifts so managed to not get any of my fish on camera but I did capture a few gaff shots...

 

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Just thought I would bring up this post again to let any first timers or whomever that are in need of an inexpensive reel, or back up reel, the Diawa BG 6500 is on Amazon right now for $109.99 plus free shipping! That's a great deal for a reel that will chunk Halco's, popper's and possibly jig? I couldn't resist, and got one myself! Now looking for 500 yds of braid for it, lol!!
 

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For inexpensive reels I have always been a Penn Battle guy, however I've fished the BG's before on a charter and they were great. Every bit equal or possibly better than the Penns and the price is right. Also, if a charter Captain likes them they obviously hold up well. I just bought a 3000 for inshore because I lost my Battle Ii 3000 to a redfish when I turned to get a beer. Most expensive can of beer I've ever drank!
 

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Thanks for the info M That's actually a good deal. I may consider just to have one BUT, I just love cast my conventional reel...😄 I used an old school Torium 50 last Sept and caught 5 YfT on the New Buc.
 
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