We do not offer RENTAL TACKLE for Deep Drop trips. YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN GEAR. It is very important that you have the correct gear, so please do not deviate from this list.

Pulley Ridge and Rankin Ridge Deep Drop Trips

These trips has two different tackle requirements. Day and night fishing. 

Daytime/Deep Drops

Reels-

If you are going to utilize electric/power assist reels for daytime deep dropping in 600-1200 ft. of water (highly recommended) nothing beats the handheld Daiwa Tanacom series, either the Tanacom 750 or 1000, loaded with 50 lb. or 60 lb. test braid. Kristal Reels, ElectraMate and Hooker Electric also produce suitable products. In any case, make sure to include a 60 foot top shot of 60-80 lb. test mono between the braid and the rig. The mono top shot also helps the crew when it comes time to undo tangles. Bringing along extra braid and mono is highly recommended. You may not need it but if you don’t have it…….

Two speed reels are a solid option as they provide both speed and torque.If you would like to fish with a hand crank reel then we can recommend-

– Maxel OSL10CB Ocean Max

– Okuma Makaira 15II-SEA

– Penn Baja

Manual conventional reels should be loaded the same way, 50 lb. or 60 lb. test braid with a 60-80 lb. test monofilament top shot.

Please no super large, heavy duty deep drop reels that require you to fish them out of a rod holder, and please don’t bring any sort of homemade contraption that hangs winch over the side. This trip isn’t the place or time. Additionally, be sure to stay away from heavy braided lines like 150 lb. or 200 lb. test. This is way too heavy and will require you to fish too much lead to hold bottom.

While (1) fully charged deep cycle 12 V marine battery is likely enough, if possible bring a charger. Also, if possible bring an extra power cord and/or make sure your current power cord works seamlessly with your battery in regards to alligator clips or plugs. Please be able to disconnect quickly. Alligator clips are best. You need to be mobile!

If you have a Diana Tanacom please purchase an extra power cord. These cords are very fragile and fail all the time and yours will too. Please be prepared.

Rods-

8’0″ rated for nothing less than 30-60 lb. line. You want something with enough backbone to handle three pounds of lead and a big fish, yet still be light/comfortable enough to hold all day long and have a soft enough tip to detect strikes. Please straight butt rods only. You need to be mobile!

We can recommend-

Yankee Capts Special Edition Rod

-Star 50H

-Star 35H

-Shakespeare Ugly Stick BWB 1120-8

-Crowder EBR 8030 or LB80

Bait-

Daytime-

Prime daytime baits include whole squid. Most people prefer to bring their own. Count on (1) 5 lb. box per person/per day. Bonito/jacks/kingfish/etc. We have seen strips of fresh salmon be productive. Anything will work, but squid is the staple.

Hooks-

Hi-Lo rigs with inline circle hooks are the way to go. We highly recommend you tie your rigs instead of crimps. It is much easier withe the tangles. Check out this combo pack.

You will need the following:

– 20 6/0 Super Muto circle hooks

– 20 7/0 Super Muto circle hooks

– 20 5/0 3 way swivels

Lead-

Count on fishing 2 lbs of lead (32 oz), sometimes 3 or 4 lb. sash weights are required depending on conditions, but 2 lbs. is generally ideal. PLEASE NO CANNON BALL SINKERS. BANK OR ROCK SINKERS COD ONLY.

– 4 two Pound Leads

– 4 three Pound Leads

– 2 four Pound Leads

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Sinkers, Rock Cod or Banks Sinkers ONLY! Please click here to purchase.
– 4 two Pound Leads
– 4 three Pound Leads
– 2 four Pound Leads

Nightime Pulley Ridge/Rankin Ridge

Reels-

Please remember during this part of trip focus on depths from 200-300 feet at. With that in mind we request no electric reels. We are chasing muttons,tunas and grouper so we don’t want those sinkers banging on the bottom. With that being said your Tortugas tackle will be fine. Make sure to include a 30 foot top shot of 50 lb. test mono between the braid and the rig. The mono top shot also helps the crew when it comes time to undo tangles. Bringing along extra braid and mono is highly recommended. You may not need it but if you don’t have it…….

These reels below are solid options
-Shimano Trinidad 20 or 30
-Shimano Torium 20 or 30
-Shimano Talica II 16
-Diawa Saltist 40

Rods-

8’0″ rated for  30-50 lb. line. You want something with enough backbone to handle a decent fish yet still be light/comfortable enough to hold all day long and have a soft enough tip to detect strikes.

Yankee Capts Special Edition Rod

-Calstar 800H

-Calstar 850H

-Shakespeare Ugly Stick BWB 1120-8

-Spinning Rod

8”0” 20 lb. spinning tackle that can handle jigs up to 6 ounces.

Hooks-

We will fishing in the Gulf of Mexico so circle hooks will be required while bottom fishing. Any inline circle hook will work however we suggest you get straight eye hooks unless you are very proficient at snelling hooks.

Mustad 39933NP-BN or Owner 5178
-10 7/0
-10 6/0
-10 4/0

The rigs we will be using are little different from regular carolina rigs. The crew will be happy to show you how to rig.

Lead-

-Count on fishing 10 oz. of lead , sometimes more depending on conditions, but 10 oz. Is generally ideal. Please bring an assortment of bank sinkers ONLY.

-16oz, 12oz, 10oz, 8oz & 6oz

Grouper rig (double swivel)

Also needed are the following-

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

-10 oz. Hammered Diamond jig

– 20 #1 Barrel Swivels

– 20 Plastic Beads

– 30 lb. And 50 lb Leader material

-Shrimp net for dipping fresh flying fish and squid

Bait-

Since we will be drifting baits without backbones are required. Whole squid, butterflied baits and strips. The bait needs to drift across the bottom and flutter along the bottom. NO SPINNING BAITS!. Remember these fish do not see a lot of pressure so what matters is how the bait is presented and freshness NOT what it is.

Please do not deviate from these requirements!

If you have any questions please email Capt. Greg