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Tuna Rods and Reels – One stand-up type tuna rod with 2-speed 30 or 50 conventional reel (60 to 80-lb test monofilament line), one 7-foot tuna jigging rod with Penn 3/0 or Penn Jigmaster equivalent reel (50-lb test monofilament or 50 to 65-lb test braided line). Tuna Tackle – 50, 60, and 80-lb test fluorocarbon leader material, barrel swivels (provided), 5/0 to 8/0 chunking or circle hooks (6/0 chunking hooks provided), 6 to 8-oz hammer finish diamond jigs, 1 to 8-oz egg sinkers, 8 to 16-oz bank sinkers, rubber bands, Cyalume light sticks (assorted colors)
TEK800PGLCA for night jigging (line counter plus more line room but they weren't biting jig so did jigging in the low time just to learn) 80lb braid with 65lb mono top shot and the Avet HX 2 speed MC raptor (for tuna stay with the raptures=smaller reel with serous backbone/drag and best for me/women with smaller hands) for chunking at 65 braid and 60-80 top shot mono. Or 80 lb for all. Any good well made tuna rod will work. Rods I used were custom made by local (Kevn Bogan) for 50-140 lb nothing fancy. Like posted before boats have the set ups for rent and if you go to a good tackle shop near the boats they will have what you need to look at and get a feel for(test the reels because for women it does make a different) and set ups. Black Friday specials are on.
Fine for NE tuna fishing but not exactly accurate info for the Gulf of Mexico, at least not off Galveston.
 
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