As a tackle shop owner I would love to tell all my offshore customers that they should have eight conventional combos, four spinning combos, and two kite setups like our friend Capt. James Knox (http://fishcastings.com/) routinely carries during sailfish tournaments and charters. Of course for most of us that is unrealistic and in some cases a little overkill. BUT... being prepared for the day, rigged, and ready (with a backup to a backup) is one of the things that makes Captain James successful on the water.
If possible it is always a good idea to try and carry twice as many rods as you plan to fish with, and have extra rigs tied and ready to go. This allows for maximum productivity and less down time after a catch, a broken line, or anyone of the other hundreds of things that can go wrong. No fish is being caught when you don't have baits in the water.
"Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.” Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
Thanks For Reading,