Ksong, I would take the spinner to let you have the option of using it. I can cast a popper pretty good until the deck is too crowded with topwater fishermen. Then I become more apprehensive and backlash whenever I adjust my cast. IMO, a good spinner will consistantly outperform (on the big E) an open face reel unless you have phenomenal casting skill. The further beyond the lights, the more time you are in the strike zone. When lined with spectra, the poppers are much easier to pop. Its all that simple. I did all right on the top water, landing 3 fish and "tagging" a 4th with a large gaff on my first 2 drifts. However, I became more apprehensive with soo many people pitching poppers. I also had bad timing and did not fish topwaters on the 2 most incredible drifts. My friends from Ohio used my spinner (an old Daiwa Emblem 5500 ZA) and did well.
Thanks for the offer.
I just came back from an overnight tuna trip out of Cape Cod. Night bites were almost non-existent to my surprise. We decided to jig instead of trolling daytime. It was a quite sight to see 21 guys jigged together. This might be the first try in the world a tuna party boat jig tuna exclusively.
We caught 9 tuna, mostly 30-40 lbs longfin, in two hours. All tuna except one caught on slow up/down jigging motion. One tuna were caught on Shimano's short Butterfly jig with fast jerk/crank technique.
I casted Yozuri's Surface GT Bull on Saltist40 for a while and I barely could cast 50 - 60 yard.
Not good enough. I tried to minimize rods and reels for the Big E trip, but I have no choice,but to bring spinning gear setup.