Steve is quite right the reel is paramount.
I have fished with 6 or 7 friends in 5 trips over the past 4 years and we have had several reels give up the ghost, even with bone fish and permit let alone Tarpon and Jacks. UK fishing is fine with 'cheap' fixed spool reels through to good quality shimano baitrunners but even the shimanos don't last long with tarpon, although three of us have Shimano 10000's which we have used for 4 years without problem - heavier with metal body but handle not so good
I used a shimano 5000 baitrunner for 2 years and landed tarpon up to 45lb on 12 lb mono but it then died on me, so we all use Penn reels, now either the 5600L or 6500L or increasingly the SS series 5500, 6500, 7500 8500 etc as they have a proven track record and less to go wrong than the liveliners
lighter line is more fun but scary 18-20lb bs safe lower option, 30lb about right as there are plenty of 45-65lbers about. Snap offs rare but line cutting through on coral is unfortunately common.
Hope you have a ball
Best wishes for a