Although the Yankee Capts has excellent rental tackle many people prefer to bring their own rods, reels and tackle. Below is the required list for tackle for all the trips we do.

Dry Tortugas and Marathon Trips

7 – 8 ft. 50 lb. Conventional rod with a Diawa Saltist 50/Shimano Torium 30 reel with 50 lb mono or braid
7 – 8 ft 30 lb. Conventional rod with a Diawa Saltist 40/Shimano Torium 20 reel with 30 lb mono or braid
7 ft. 20 lb. Spinning rod
3 Sabiki rigs for catching bait
Small cooler for bait and your food
Personal cooler for for your catch after the trip
Demon Perfect Circle 3X Strong 39942NP-BN 25 each: 3/0, 5/0, 7/0
5 – triple hook Kingfish rigs with 1/ 1/2 Jig heads

This is the rig for all Dry Tortugas trips!


-Assortment of vertical and speed jigs. 4oz and 6oz. Silver/Blue colors are a solid option.

-10 oz. Hammered Diamond jig
#1 barrel swivels
30 lb. And 50 lb Leader material
10 6OZ and 8OZ egg sinkers

Here are some suggestions for the slow pitch jigging anglers-

Temple Reef Innovate MH 8’0 or H 7’8

Paired with Shimano Torium 16 or Accurate Valiant 500n

Daiwa Jbraid, 8 Strand Line

30lb or 50lb Mono Leader

Try to make time on the ride down and fish for bait. Contact Capt. Greg for more information. Remember to bring your bait catching rigs! Here is a great link for local bait catching!

Many anglers are simply too busy or do not have the facilities to catch bait on their own. The easiest options are stop by one of the myriad bait shops in the Keys. The Yankee Capts proudly endorses-

Angler Eddy’s Live Bait 90415 Old Hwy Tavernier fl 33070 (305) 778-7728
Live , fresh frozen google eyes, pilchards, pinfish, ballyhoo, squid, speedo’s, cigar minnows, mullet, thread herring,  silversides,chum, shrimp and crabs.

Another excellent approved vendor is T M Live Bait. A popular choice if you wish purchase goggle eyes. Their number is (786) 810-7713.

If you have any questions please email Greg at