Sheepshead tog outfits...Years ago you would go over to Mikes and pick out these blanks...
Fiddler fishing... Lami MB963M and cut tip slightly.
Spring fishing... Lami MB1143F cut back to 11 tip and slightly off the bottom to suit the fishermen due to its length.
Other options were the Mikes Special (inshore fiddler and great skimmer rod) and MB 1083M for early spring fishing down south off of Long Branch or in the channels.
Fall fishing...mid depths, MB1143F with 11 tip or cut to 12 tip, or Shakespeare GBU 84 series.
Winter fishing...MB1143F cut to 13 tip. Fenwick 1206 (especially when you knew their was a chance for cod) and MB1083M were also used.
Reels, newell 220, 4 to 1 and 3.6 ratios for shallow water. Newell 229 as your all around tog reel. Fall fishing, newell 322. For fishing the deeper if using mono, the newell 332 and 338 were used, but the newell 322 with 50lb spectra is all you need. Other then a sidewinder, the newell was by far the best tog reel around.
50lb power pro spectra, 4/0-5/0 gamakatsu octopus hook, and use either a 50lb or 60lb shock leader of 3 foot of trilene, ande or silver thread mono for abrasion resistance, especially when fishing reefs. Albright knot for connections. Tie hooks with both dupont stiff and softer perlon leader material depending on how the fish are biting, or make the traditional Montauk rig, where you make a dropper loop, cut one side of the loop and attach hook. Usually longer leaders when looking for bigger fish, but watch the current and shorten the leader when necessary if the rig keeps getting tangled on the line. Snafu with big crabs, but trim baits if the bite is picky....other then snafu rigs, use just one hook. Again cut crab legs if you are fishing areas with loads of current to prevent the bait from spinning. If using mono instead of spectra, their are only 3 lines to use: jinkai, momoi and silver thread. Use softer rods when using spectra, and don't stick like you are setting the hook into a tuna. Flat sinkers to prevent your rig from rolling around, but when fishing inshore, a bank sinker works fine when fishing on rocks. Double up the loop on the bottom and put the sinker through this loop.
Best all around blackfish rig...MB1143F with 11 tip, with newell 220 3.6 and 50
lb power pro. Years ago before their was spectra, Louie B, caught one of the 2 biggest blackfish seen in years, using
a newell 220. Its more then enough reel for any of the blackfishing we do off Long Island....
EC NEWELL MAN>>>>