When it comes to baits, I have found that smaller baits don’t draw as much attention when the seas kick up and are far more difficult to fish. Goggle-eyes and large threadfin herring should be the go-to bait if possible because they last longer and are more willing to stay in the water. If they are not available, blue runners, large pilchards or Spanish sardines are the next best bet. Because multiple hookups are the norm rather than the exception on rough days, we make sure our reels are freshly spooled and don’t skimp on backing. We have over 1,000 yards of line on our 20-pound-class reels with 500 yards each of 30-pound braid and 20-pound monofilament on top. Also when putting together rigs, don’t be shy with lead; we have found that 2 to 4 ounces under the floats might be necessary when it’s rough.