Dan Hernandez: This week in Tackle Box I want to talk to you a little about what we're doing fishing offshore today, and you always want to have one outfit ready in case you run across some schooling fish or there is a kelp paddy with lots of fish underneath it, or if you get a jig strike, you don't have to run on the bait tank, pin on a bait, other people will be hooked up by then. You want to have one rod ready to go to drop back a lure, throw a lure so you can get to the fish right away. The outfit I like to use is something like this.
This is a torque 200, it's a brand new reel by Penn; 30 pound test, caging red line on here. It's a great reel to use when you are fishing with jig, when you want to make that jig swim really fast, torque 200 is a great size reel for this type of fishing.
We have it pinned up on a Ugly Stick Custom Rod. This is a great outfit to use for this type of fishing. You don't want to have a long run in case you hook a big fish. So you don't have to worry, it will work perfect for that.
Now the type of jig that we want to use is like a 41/2 ounce 3 and 3/8-ounce. This is a magic metal jig, and what's great about this is you can drop it back, and use it and then drop back when the fish come up to the boat, or if we're fishing right over fish, and they are down deeper, we can drop this lure down 100 feet, 200 feet, grind it back half-ways up and make that lure dart up, and the tuna just can't resist it. They jump all over, it works good.
Now, 41/2 ounce; probably my number one pick I would have. You should have some 31/2 ounce models too just in case. What's really nice about the magic metals is they come with welded rings. So you don't have to worry if you hook a bigger fish, a blue fan, or a big eye tuna, about a split ring popping open, with a welded ring, you know you are going to land that fish. Well, this is all the basic here you need for this type of fishing. Let's get back on the water and show you more exciting action right here on Sport Fishing.