It's good to be back. I recognize a few names from many years ago when I was somewhat active here.
After 10 years of being dry docked aside from a 8 hour snapper trip, me and my brother are booked on the 56 hour Scatcat trip on Oct 16. I've been out on the Cats for 12 hour trips, and 40 to 60 hour trips on the Dolphin/La Pesca but as stated, those were all over 10 years ago. Things have changed a bit. I was accustomed to tackle, bait, and knowledge being supplied but now it appears you're mostly on your own. I know a few things, (enough to have a line in the water but will it hook anything?) but this is the right place to learn more. So some questions off the top of my head. Has anyone ever posted a somewhat detailed primer on how to fish these trips. I've read many topics and have picked up bits and pieces.
1. I know tuna are targeted, will there be stops or moves for other species?
2. In the past we would drift fish mostly with frozen herring or mackerel. I'm assuming that will not be the case now unless there is a stop for bait fish or a blackfin is sacrificed for chum. I'll bring poppers, vertical jigs, flying fish rigs as recommended. Anything else to be sure to pack? Which is usually more effective?
3. Spinning rod? I'll assume this is for casting the poppers further. Is it a must or a luxury?
Are any available to rent for the trip?
I have 3 rigs... tld30, Okuma Convector 4/0, and a Penn Senator 4/0.... another project is to replace the line as it is all over 10 yrs old.
That's good enough for starters... I have no doubt other questions will surface. Thanks..