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Trolling Strategy w/ 30's and 50's

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Just bought 2 50 lb. class rods/ reels since it seems I will be fishing at the edge more than I planned since no tuna inshore - this year...? (The rest of my gear is 30lb. class which has held fine up so far on 50-70# tuna but I'd like a fighting shot at a marlin or 100+ tuna, hence the 50's) My question for the more experienced guys here is where would you place the heavier setups in the spread and what would you troll off them? Right now I'm using mainly artificials (bars, chains, cedar plugs etc.) Also what would you fill the 50's with, 60#; 80#?

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the theory that you should put your 50's back far and 30's up close goes right out the window when a huge bigeye takes a lure trolled mere feet off the transom.

but, i do agree that since 50's have more line from the onset than 30's that it makes sense to send the 50's to your far riggers.

bottom line is that with exceptional boat handling you will be able to land bigeyes on 50's and even 30's
dont be afraid to turn the boat and chase these beasts
hey mako mike,
how many 150 lbs fish have you "cut off" after an hour? i have never met or heard of someone who took this route.
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