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What Fishing Line Should I Use For SOCAL Yellowtail?


Author: Bullbuster Team

Choosing Your Fishing Line For Yellowtail


Yellowtail Long Range Fishing San Diego
From of the Bullbuster Team Kerstin Moeller with a nice Yellowtail caught aboard the long range boat the Independence or "Indy"

Yellowtail are one of the most popular gamefish in Southern California. They are excellent fighters and great eating.  Most anglers target yellowtails around kelp beds using artificial or live bait. Below we will talk about what fishing line you should use for your yellow tail setup. 

What Lb Test Monofilament Fishing Line Should I Use For Yellowtail?


Monofilament Fishing Line For Yellowtail

We recommend using 20-30 Lb monofilament when targeting yellowtail. If you are using live bait using the "Fly lining" technique we recommend going on the lighter side of that range to let your bait swim more freely and naturally with less drag.  If you are fishing dead bait for Yellowtail there is no reason why you shouldn't use up to 30LB mono. 

What Lb Braided Fishing Line Should I Use For Yellowtail?


Braided Fishing Line For SOCAL Yellowtail

We recommend using 30-80 Lb braid for yellowtail.  If you are fishing lures or jigs you may want to stay on the 30-50 Lb side of that range of that.   For fishing deep water around structure you may want to fish on the heavier side of the range to make sure you can pull a BIG yellowtail away from the structure. 

What Lb Leader Material Should I Use For Yellowtail?


Mono Leader Material For SOCAL Yellowtail

We recommend using 30 - 80 Lb leader material for yellowtail.  This is a big range so we will break it down for you a little.  Use 30-40 Lb leader material when you are catching smaller yellowtail (less than 20 Lbs) or if the bite has shut off and you need to scale down to git bit!  To be ready for big yellowtail you can use anywhere between 50-80Lb monofilament. 

What Lb Fluorocarbon Leader Material Should I Used For Yellowtail?


Fluorocarbon Leader For SOCAL Yellowtail


Fluorocarbon is a little bit more expensive than mono but it can get you those bites on those days that its not happening for anyone else. Fluorocarbon is denser than monofilament so light waves pass through it more easily making it virtually invisible underwater. We recommend using 30 - 80 Lb  fluorocarbon leader material for yellowtail.  This is a big range so we will break it down for you a little.  Use 30-40 Lb fluorocarbon leader material when you are catching smaller yellowtail (less than 20 Lbs) or if the bite has shut off and you need to scale down to git bit!  To be ready for big yellowtail you can use anywhere between 50-80Lb fluorocarbon.




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