|Your entire rig must be reconfigured from tip to toe to match the phenomenal strength of this mighty fish, because you can be sure it will put up one hell of a fight! Braid, reel, knots: everything must be carefully adapted to cope with the beating your tackle will take. And out of respect for the gladiator at the other end of the line, you don’t want to drag the fight out any longer than you have to.
This time we went with Rainshadow’s RCTB series. These blanks have been tried and tested by the big coastal teams tracking these trophy fish. They have several fish over 2.5 m to their credit. Designed for large bluefin and "barking" fish like Goliaths, they are particularly well suited to heavy-duty angling. The tip is very quick for a 130 lb blank, it lets you keep an eye on the thrashing live bait and control the fight when the bluefin bursts out of the water. Stiff and durable, the butt has more than enough spine to have your back.