Deep-drop Bottom Rig
For blueline tilefish and sea bass, Delcampo uses 100-pound mono leader. For grouper and golden tiles, he steps up to 200-pound. A foot of 50-pound mono between the lower swivel and the sinker provides a break-off point should the sinker become snagged on the bottom. Delcampo chooses 8/0 circle hooks for bluelines and sea bass, and 12/0 circle hooks for grouper and goldens. Bluefish or albacore strips, cut into triangles, make the best bait. Pass the hook through the thick end to prevent spinning and tangling.