Yellowtailing in the Keys is done by many using 12 lb line, pink or clear Andi are great options, with a medium or fast action rod. Fin-Nor 12 lb Ahab reels are ideal for Yellowtailing but many also swear by the Daiwa Gold reels, as well. Seven to eight feet has always worked well for me and I like to use graphite or solid fiberglass blanked rods. I have no experience using "take apart" rods so I can't give an opinion about that. Good luck!