right on the money here.Scott is on the money. As far as rods go 6' med Heavy 60-100 lb with a fast tip with a lots of back bone, but you don't need that big of reels. I had talica II 25's with 100 braided line then about 100 yds of Mono 80lb test. I loved them but the where just to big for everyone on the boat (kids and the girls). I now have talica II 16's with 80 lb braid and still the 100 yd top shot of 80Lb mono. I can put 30 plus pounds of drag and that is all want and more fighting stand up. The only time I was worried about the size of the reel is during a 3-4 fish hook up and every fish is going in a different directions. With that said I have not gotten spooled by any of the tarpon to date. This setup is much lighter and easier to handle for me and all my guest.