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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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west coast style

I have made a major change in my tackle for canyon fishing similiar to west coast angler's. West coast fisherman use tricked out Penn and Shimano reels with spectra backing and mono topshots.
I have the following line capacities
Shimano Tiagra 20 400yd 80lb spectra and 100yb 50lb mono,ti30 600yds 80lb spectra and 100yds 60lb mono,ti30w 500yds 130lb spectra and 150yds 80lb mono ,ti50w 600yds spectra and 200yds 80lb mono. With these outfits I really have the best of both worlds and feel confident fishing them for those bigfish which have shown themselves with some frequency this year. All my rigs were done by Basil Pappas at The additional cost of the spectra is negated by replacing topshots not the whole line,which i actually bring with me on trips. I have broken enough handles and blown out the drags on newell reels not to use them for tuna fishing any more. jmo not affiliated with basil just a happy customer
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