I had my 700XH built for targeting big tuna in 150 - 200 lbs range. I feel even 700H is good enough for average tuna we catch on tuna party boats.
I believe I have cured myself of fishing bait 95 percent of the time. On previous trips, I have justified this by saying that I needed to take home tuna for my family. However, now that I have seen myself outfished by jigging and popping, I am becoming a believer.
I think, having read many of your posts and having talked to and watched you and Angelo on the July 3-6 trip, jigging with rods in the 7-7 1/2 foot range, and given your success rate with tuna at depths up to 100 feet, I am planning to change my jigging outfit for the Gulf of Mexico to the following:
Calstar 700H conventional--this rod has a graphite reel seat and weighs, I believe, about 19 ounces. I like the way you use the rail, even while jigging, and I would probably add a few inches of cold shrink to the grip for this purpose.
665W 2-speed (not ideal for jigging due to width, but I seem to be OK laying line back on.)
YKG Jigman 80 pound/25 foot fluoro topshot joined by loop to loop.
I would plan to use this setup, using primarily hammered diamond jigs for all yellowfin and for grouper fishing.
My plan is to use the Smith Nirai and either a 20,000 or 8,000 sized Stella or Accurate with long Williamson Benthos jigs for big AJ s.
I would welcome your (or anyone else's) comments on this setup.
This post edited by UncleRuss 01:24 PM 07/17/2008