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September 02, 2009

Pacific Blues

Though El Salvador may be short on coastline, the billfish don't know that: it's long on offshore promise.


Rods: 7-foot trolling rods or 5 1/2- to 6-foot stand-up rods in 80-, 50-, 30- and 20-pound class.

Reels: Conventional reels with large line capacities and smooth drags matched to the rods.

Lines: Dacron lines with monofilament top shots: 24 feet of 450- to 500-pound monofilament leader, with 12 feet of doubled line for marlin and tuna. The Aussie braid is more popular here than the Bimini twist for connections.

Hooks: 7/0 to 11/0, depending on lure size.

Lures: Hawaiian-style acrylic plungers in black, purple, silver and pink variations, along with soft plastic swimmer- and chugger-style lures.

Baits: Ballyhoo rigged behind jet lures. Bait-and-switch is also a popular tactic for sails.