1) I suppose one could do that. I do not personally use flourocarbon - I have yet to find it necessary to get bit. I do carry it for if I ever do need it though - however in 2 or 3 years I've taken it along I have yet to use it.
2) A 50 size 2-speed reel, you are going to be fishing 60lb on it I assume...maybe 80lb. I wouldn't go above that on a factor TLD50II, they have been known to crack. I'd go to Bass Pro Shops and look at their store brand rods - I forget the name, someone else will post up but it will be apparent when you get there (Offshore Angler maybe?). If anyone has an all roller 60-80lb class rod for $150, that would be it. You might find a used Calstar or Seeker on the Allcoast trader board for that amount but you'd have to act very quick as it would move fast.
3) $200 won't get you very far in a world where a single trolling lure will set you back $25-40 easily. You'll want several sizes of circle hooks - 1/0 to 8/0 most likely. That alone can set you back $150 or so if you buy say 25-50 each. You'll want several iron jigs - be that 8oz Diamond Jigs, or Tady, Ironman, Salas, Kicker etc - scrambled egg, blue/white, blue/chrome, chrome, all white - those with glow backs are good. Each will set you back $10 or so. A pack of 200lb swivels - $25, Say a cedar plug or two for trolling - another $20. Each Yozuri Bull GT Popper will run you $20, $14 or so if you opt for the smaller Hydro Popper. If you want something such as a Yozuri Bonita or Braid Marauder - $25 or more (each). $200 just doesn't go too far.
4) For casting plugs, surface iron, jigs, etc. I see no need for recommending anything other than the Torium. It is reasonably inexpensive, casts better than just about anything else, and is a very good reel. I wouldn't consider the Trinidad (IMO) as it is nearly the same thing, only more expensive. You might cast an eye at a ProGear, if you go that route replace the drags with HT100s. My personal choice is a spinner, don't know why you preclude them (maybe you allready have one?)
Originally Posted by JS
New to the forum and really enjoy the information shared here.
Questions for you tuna guys:
1. If fluorocarbon leader is sometimes needed during a chunk bite, why not just have a fluorocarbon topshot with spectra backing?
2. Can you guys recommend any stand-up rods in the $150 range that would match up with a TLD 50 2 speed?
3. If you had $200 to spend on a lure/hook/swivel/iron etc. lineup for non-trolling (i.e. stand-up) applications for BFT and YFT, what would your lineup consist of?
4. Other than the big Torium or Trinidad, what other reels (non spinning)would you recommend for casting plugs for YFT, assuming spectra backing would be used?
Thanks for the help!