Big-game fishing for bluefin tuna leaves no room for any equipment malfunction. If your rig isn’t up to the task, the bluefin will punish you. The length of your rod will depend on whether you want more power to fight the fish (shorter) or greater casting distance (longer). Conversely, the lighter the line (e.g. 40 lb), the greater the casting distance. A lighter line is more suited to lighter lures, which do come in handy sometimes. Obviously an 80 lb blank won’t cast an 80 lb line as far as a 50lb line. But fighting a +40 kg tuna on a 50 lb line becomes a drag in no time. We’re not talking about +150 kg bluefin here like those we have in Brittany. It’s all about finding the right trade-off according to where you’re fishing and how big the tuna there get. So we chose three blanks for different needs and situations:
- The Tuna Express R710 2.38 m made under license by Rodbuilder’s Republic is unique in that it can cast small lures to fight small to medium tuna, although it has been used to catch an 80 kg specimen in a time of 45 minutes.
- The Rainshadow RTP80MH 2.43 m is intended for medium to big fish of 20–80 kg and slightly larger lure like poppers.
- The RTP80H 2.43 m is a very powerful blank that can take on the biggest fish without compromising on casting performance.