My friend and I just purchased a used 2858 Bayliner (28 Ft) to take our families out in this summer. It's a year 2003. We'll probably head out of PWS mostly, but may drive the boat to Homer or Seward at least once this summer.
I'm looking for suggestions on how to outfit the boat for fishing in the salt. I've fished Alaska with a fly rod for the last 15 years, but I'm at a bit of a loss on what to get for ocean gear. We want a good set up that will get us started fishing the salt.
Here's my short list of gear so far:
4 halibut rod/reels with line
4 salmon rods/reels for mooching/down rigger fishing with line
2 down riggers
misc hooks, jigs, etc.
We are willing to get good gear that will serve us well for several seasons of use. I'm interested in hearing from anyone regarding brand names or types of gear that are particularly well suited for fishing in PWS. For example: Are jigging style rods perferable for PWS or should we think able getting the classic heavy halibut rod even though from my understanding we'll often be targeting rockfish and lingcod? Also where is a good place to purchase such gear? I've been to B & J Commercial recently and they seem as good a place as any and they've always treated me well.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.