We recommend 8-9wt rods for fishing Trigger fish. Most fish average 3-8 pounds. You will want a strong enough rod to keep the fish from darting into the coral or to turn the fishes head away from any danger that he can get tangled in and brake you off. Reels should be a mid- large arbor with a reliable drag and capable of holding a minimum of 150 yards of backing.
Lines (fly lines, backing)
A floating line matching the weight of rod with a presentation taper or a quick pick up line is recommended. Most fish you will cast at are tailing or cruising fish while wading on the reef or walking the beach on foot. Backing should be 25- 30 pound (heavier is fine) and a minimum length of 150 yards.
Tapered leaders of 12-16lb test in 9-12ft length. I recommend starting out with 16lb and dropping down to 12lb if the fish are not responding. Have tippet in both 16lb and 20lb to replace cut off leader or to add length to your leader for presentation.