How much line is enough for Tuna

Discussion in 'Tackle and Rigging' started by YMMV, May 21, 2008.

  1. YMMV

    YMMV Senior Member

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    So, how much line do you really need when Tuna fishing? ? My Tuna fishing will be done off shore NJ. Any help would be great. Thanks!
     
  2. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    Im from NJ, you will need 350 plus yards of braid for the most part 400 is ideal
     

  3. BretABaker

    BretABaker Guest

    agreed. for chunking i probably have 650 yds, 500 of braid and 150 topping. this is on a 30-size reel, so its nothing too monstrous.
     
  4. Enoch

    Enoch Senior Member

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    gman

    I am guessing that is the suggested length for tuna jigging correct?

    Does it differ for chunking with conventionals?




    Enoch
     
  5. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    You are correct, that was a estimate based on my personal feelings for jigging. You need atleast 350 yards IMHO for jigging because you are always vertical. If you chunking or deep dropping for swords, tuna/bigeye and paying out loads of line 350 wont be enough. For that style of fishing you will need at least a 50W loaded to the brim
     
  6. njnicka

    njnicka Senior Member

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    I agree 400-500 yards is enough..
     
  7. Sea Crappie

    Sea Crappie Senior Member

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    YMMV,

    In the canyons, where you have a chance at a nice bigeye, I'd stick to at least 600 yds of 100 or 500 yds of 130. A standard 50 will do you just fine and probably handle all you will encounter.

    That said, I am not a fan of wide reels for stand-up. If you're going for bait fishing, I'd stick to an Accurate 50 Topless type reel.