!!!!!! PASSPORTS REQUIRED ON THIS TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!
The following items are just a guideline. Each fisherman has their own preference of equipment, clothing, and personal items. Feel free to bring what you feel appropriate for this trip.
Recommended Rod and Reel Combinations:
1- 40# Live Bait SS 6470 JX 6/3
1- 50# Wahoo Iron SS 6470H HX 5/2
1- 50# Wahoo Bait SS 6470H HX 5/2
1- 60# Live Bait SS 6465H HX 5/2 Raptor
1- 80# Live Bait RR 80 HX 5/2 Raptor SS 1 x 3 HX 5/2 Raptor
1- 100# Live Bait RR 100 EXW 30/2
SS 2 x 4 EXW 30/2
1- 130# Live Bait RR 100 SDS 50
SS 3 x 5 SDS 50
SS 6463 xxxxH SDS 50
1- 100# Trolling Outfit 6463XXH AR EXW 30/2
The boat has rods available for your use. Bring your favorite lures to use.
Kite Rig: Check with landing for recommendation. The boat will furnish these. You just supply the rigging.
Seeker Rods, and Avet reels are major sponsors of the Independence, and are two prominent "Made in America" equipment makers. There are several other choices for equipment available to you. These combos are for your reference.
The Independence has equipment available for those that don't have their own equipment to cover all of your range of needs. just contact the office at 619.226.6006 to make arrangements for what you may need.
Making bait is always part of the multi day trip experience. It is a good idea to pick up a dedicated "Ahi Sabiki" style rod to keep from tangling your bait making rigs, and for the safety of you and your fellow passengers. Here is a link to their website Ahi Sabiki Rods. You can also find them on line at Amazon, and at Cabelas. They are also available at most of the San Diego area tackle stores.
Recommended Terminal Tackle:
20 each HD Circle Hooks 3/0, 4/0, 5/0, 6/0, 8/0, 10/0, 12/0
20 each Offshore "J" Hooks 4/0, 6/0, 8/0, 9/0, 10/0, 11/0
Mustad, Owner, Gamakatsu, and Rapala/ VMC (8382 Nemesis) all make a quality line of hooks to choose from. Ringed hooks can give your bait a livlier presentation, especially in the warmer water we will be experiencing.
Sabiki Rigs: 6 ea Yozuri, Owner, Izorline
Squid Catchers 6 ea Various Styles Available
Torpedo: 6 ea. 2 oz, 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 12 oz, 16 oz
Sliding: 6 ea. 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 4 oz
Splitshot: 1 Pkg PSS-2
Medium/ Large Tony the Tiger, Dorado,
Black/ Purple, Black/ Orange
Check with Landing for hot colors
Iron: Popular colors: Blue/ White, Blue/ Chrome,
Dorado, Scrambled Egg, Baby Poop
Check with the landing for the "Hot" colors.
Heavy: Salas 6X, 6X Jr, PL68 Glow
Wahoo: Captain Jimmy's, Salas, Catchy
Surface: Tady 45, Salas 7X
Slide/ YoYo Mega Bait
Flat Fall Jigs Various Colors
Single hooks work best for tuna
Check out the "Bait Wrap" lures for an optional choice. You can see what they have at: Pacific Lures/ Bait Wrap Lures (Click on link)
Rich has his own "Glow" formulation which will freshen up an older PL68, or any other lure.
Check out his FaceBook page under Rich Whitaker.
If you have a favorite lure that needs refreshing, contact Gary Grant at A2Z Lures, 714.318.1803, e-mail him at
firstname.lastname@example.org, and check out his FaceBook page Fishdog Custom Lure Painting. He can turn your old lures into fish slayers.
Rubber Bands, Extra Line, Heavy Duty Welded Rings for making Wahoo leaders
Sevenstrand wire:: #30, #40, #60, #90, #175, #275
Sleeves: 50 each: A-1, A-2, A-3, A-7
Pack in collapsible bag for storage.
Extra shirts, and socks always come in handy
-Alarm Clock (battery operated, illuminated
-Bath Towels & Washcloths. (Microfiber type dries quickly)
-Charger Plugs for electronics
-Fan Battery operated for stateroom
-Febreze Air Effects Spray
-First Aid Kit: Recommendations:
Aleve, Advil, etc.; Nexcare wateproof
Bandages; Liquid Bandage (e.g. New Skin)
Hibiclens Anti Microbioal Cleanser; Triple
Antibiotic Cream (e.g. Neosporin);
Hydrogen Peroxide/ Rubbing Alcohol; Loperamide; Orajel, Tums, Rolaids, (Antacid), Sea Sickness Medication
-Fishing Shirts: At least one (1) per fishing day.
It will be hot so think about fast dry
materials. Also, try Goodwill or Thrift shops for cheap shirts you can toss away. Lots to be had for a dollar or less.
-Fishing Shorts Quick dry
-Flashlight Small LED for Stateroom and night fishing
-Glasses Cocktail, Coffee Mug, Wine Glass,
etc. Go Vino makes nice plastic wine glasses
Bass Pro Shops, Amazon has good pricing on these. Glacier Gloves have several
choices. They include lightweight, leather palm, and, Stripping/ Fighting.
-iPod, or other musical device
-iPad or Tablet
-Jacket Lightweight Sweatshirt or Jacket
-Laundry Bag Mesh to keep from mold
-Rain gear Lightweight
-Sandals Fishing, Casual, Shower
-Shirts Casual for travel days and meals
-Shorts Casual for travel days and meals
-Socks Bring extra. Dry feet are nice!
-Sun Screen Sol Sunguard is designed for the fisherman.
-Toiletries: Floss, Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap (the all in one liquid soaps are convenient), nail clippers, foot/ body powder, Chap Stick
-Trash Bag 33 Gallon
-Underwear Bring extra (if you wear them). It can be hot and sticky.
-Wine, etc If so inclined. Also, your favorite libation for "Cocktail Hour"
Zip Fizz Available on line or at Costco. Excellent for
replacing electrolytes after a battle with your
big fish. It really works.
Zip Lock Bags Gallon Size
-Optional: The boat furnishes a blanket and pillow, but feel free to bring your own lightweight sleeping and/ or pillow.
On Deck Needs:
-Tools: Dykes and/ or Duckbill Pliers, Needlenose
-Finger Tape: One roll per fishing day
-Optional: Fighting Belt or Harness
-Braid Line Cutter
Remember to keep hydrated. Drink a lot of liquids.