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im looking to plan a 15 to 18 day trip early next year.I really havent been on alot of trips due to work. My first trip other then 3/4 days was a five dayer on the rooster. Most thought i was crazy to go on a trip that lenght not knowing anything. Since then ive done a few last min albacore trips due to work being soo busy. Since my life is full of risks im gunna try a 15-18 day trip. So im asking the people that go on these trips to fill me up with info that i should know and should learn that will make the trip a little easier for me. Gear wise all the heavy gear i have is a accurate 12 and accurate 50w im sure ill need alot more. Tackle? what do you people bring out on these trips besides large hooks thanks adam
 

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We have an Accurate sponsored trip in January next year on the Red Rooster 3. I bring a lot of loaner Accurate outfits to fill in tackle gaps for people such as yourself. It's the second trip on the RR3 in January 2009, and John Grabowski usually runs it.
 

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All you're going to fish for (other than bait and maybe a quick stop for rockfish or yt on the ride back) is cows and wahoo. That makes it pretty simple.
A couple 130# rigs, a 200# for the kite, and a 50# for iron/bombs. Sure, a 100/80 for smaller tuna and a 40/30 for baiting wahoo would be nice too. Those heavy rigs can really add up $. If you're not certain of many returns I'd suggest borrowing a couple.
Tackle is just as simple, wahoo and cows, but just download the tackle list of the boat you ultimately select.
 

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Yo Clam, First of all good for you and don't let anyone tell you not to step up to this length of trip. That length trip is only experienced by a very few lucky individuals who love to fish, relax, eat, fish, etc. Second, absolutely look into the Accurate trip. Most of us spend thousands or tens of thousands of dollars on gear. With Accurate you get to fish the best of the best gear at NO CHARGE, be assured there will be numerous folks to teach you as much long range stuff as you can ask for and stuff you won't even know to ask. Save your money on gear until you get one of these trips under your belt. Should you really take to the extra long range trips then you can start to think about building up your arsenal..... That is of course unless you decide to go again on an Accurate trip. In the mean time, save the money you would spend on gear and plan next years trip as well. Yes, you still will want to put aside monies for terminal tackle and tips but that is a fraction of what a full quiver of gear would run you. Besides, at the end of the trip, those hopefully well used reels go back to Accurate for R and R again at no cost to you. Heck you don't even have to go home and wash out your rods and reels and get them set for the next trip. If you have fishing in your blood these ultra long trips are just a bit of heaven on earth. If you cannot make the dates of the Accurate trips you can always get loaner gear from the boat. Make sure you arrange for this when you book your trip. Make sure they set you up with plenty of stuff. The boat gear is usually pretty darn good. One other note,Pick a date and book your trip as early as possible. You can sign up for your bunk location on a first come first served basis and loading is usually based on receipt of deposits or half payment. Have fun Jamie

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The Accurate Trips are they way to go if you need to fill some gaps in your gear.

More Accurate Trips:
Feb 8th on the Royal Polaris
Apr 22 SDLongrange.com will have a large amount of Accurate Loaner gear as well, if not the entire package.

http://www.royalpolaris.com/content/view/12/27/

Good luck on what ever you choose
 

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Also do a search for reports by the above posters on this board. They took and wrote up reports about long trips earlier this year. Not only are the reports entertaining, but they will give you a very good idea of what might be on tap for those trips next year.
 

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If you can swing it, we have a 15-day in October on the Qualifier 105. We should be the first 15-day trip to the Hurricane Bank this Fall and we currently have a light load. http://www.allcoast.com/discussion/ViewTopic.cfm?page=1&startrow=41&topic_ID=88526

Good fishing,
rusty_038

The Rail is my friend.
 
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