4-6 Day Trips
Our 4-6 day trips may go as far north of San Diego as 300 miles in search of bluefin tuna and albacore or as far south as Alijos Rocks for wahoo and tuna. Most 4-6 day trips don't make these long journeys but may in order to produce the ultimate fishing experience for our customers. Because of the wide variety of fish we may encounter on these trips, we recommend you contact our office a couple of days before departure and we can get you updated on the areas we might be fishing and the species we might encounter.
We have compiled a list of the type of gear and tackle most commonly brought on 4-6 day trips. It is by no means a complete list, some people may even consider it to be more than needed, but our goal is to help our passengers be as prepared as possible for their trip aboard the Polaris Supreme.
- Duffel Bags
- More convenient for storage.
- Bring 1 change per day. Light, quick drying material is preferred.
- Bring 1-2 changes per day. Long sleeves suggested for sun protection. Light fabric for quick drying and coolness in hotter weather.
- Definitely bring a pair or two for every day.
- For those hot sultry days to sunbathe and keep cool.
- Jacket and Sweatshirt
- It may be very cool even during during the day or particularly when night fishing or catching bait.
- A good arch support helps keep your feet from getting sore.
- Rubber Boots
- Make sure they are soft rubber and have a good arch support.
- For travel and non-fishing days.
- Wide brimmed preferred for hotter weather. Otherwise baseball caps are fine
- Light Rain Gear
- Very seldom used but appreciated when needed.
- Sun Glasses
- Polarized to cut the glare and help see into the water. Safety straps help prevent loss over the side.
- Sweat-proof, water-proof, broad spectrum. SPF15 or higher.
- Bath towels, shampoo, soap, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, foot powder etc.
- Dikes, duck bill pliers, holder, and belt. Hook sharpener.
- Rod Belts
- Light leather type is fine for smaller fish. For big bluefin or yellowfin you should have the heavy aluminum type with a gimbal bar.
- Should be the type that fits around your waist that you can sit in. A kidney belt that rides low on your back provides support and will be used with your heavy rod belt for the big bluefin and yellowfin tuna.
- Knee Pads
- Come in handy when fighting large tuna.
- Rubber gloves
- For handling your fish at the end of the trip.
- Don't forget chargers and/or batteries.
- Movies, books, magazines, music and headphones.
- Writing Material
- Notebook, stationery, pens and pencils.
- Seasick remedies
- Check with your doctor for preferred type.
Rods & Reels
- 20 lb. live bait outfit (1)
- 30 lb. live bait outfit (1)
- 40 lb. live bait/jig outfit (1)
- 50 lb. live bait outfit (1)
- 60 lb. live bait/trolling outfit (1)
There are several excellent rod and reel manufacturers producing long range style tackle. The Polaris Supreme office and tackle shops like Seaforth Sportfishing and Fisherman's Landing can help you with suggestions for the length of trip and your targeted fish species.
Seeker, Phenix and Calstar are some of the better rod makers for stand-up style, long range fishing. Rod manufacturers will give you a range of line classes that a particular rod is rated for, always use the lower half of the ratings. For example if a rod is rated for 30-60 lb., you will probably be looking at a 30 or 40 lb. class rod. The guides on your rods should be ring type, hardened stainless steel, for rods up to 40 lb. Rods for 50 lb. and up should be stainless steel roller guides or heavy duty ring guides. Aftco, Alps and Fuji make durable, high quality rod components to look for when purchasing fishing rods.
Reel manufacturers such as Accurate, Penn and Shimano make a wide variety of reels to fit every situation. For fishing big tuna we recommend using two-speed reels filled with braided line and a top-shot of monofilament or fluorocarbon.
There are many quality fluorocarbon, monofilament and braided lines available. P-Line, Izorline, Jerry Brown and Yozuri are considered some of the best.
- Eagle Claw, laser sharp. L118Mag - bronze finish. 24 ea. - 1, 2, 1/0, 2/0, 4/0 and 6/0
- We don't recommend bringing bulky spare line spools on these trips. Refills, top-shots and leaders can all be purchased on board.
- Split-shot 24 ea. - 1/4 oz. & 3/8 oz.
- 12 ea. 1/2 oz. & 3/4 oz.
- Bass Lures
- Lead Heads 5 ea. 3/4 oz., 1 oz., & 1 1/2 oz.
- Plastic Swim Baits
- 5 ea. 5", 6", 8" and 10" in assorted colors. Check with your local tackle store for any hot new colors
- Casting Lures
- 3 total, small heavies, assort colors, chrome, blue/white, green/yellow, etc. with treble hooks. single hooks are okay. When deciding on lures it is sometimes best to wait and consult your tackle store prior to leaving on your trip.
- Trolling Lures
- 1 Mexican Flag, 1 Zucchini, 2 stainless steel double hooks. We have trolling rods set-up for all passengers to use when it is their turn to troll.
- Squid catchers
- 2 total (green or white)
- Tackle Box
- Wood or Plastic to store your tackle.
Loaner rods, reels, harnesses and rod belts are available on board. Please reserve loaner gear with the office upon booking. Tackle can be purchased on board as needed at reasonable tackle store prices.
The Captain and crew will have tackle seminars covering rigging and tackle tips on all our trips.