the 20th bluefin on my boat is my biggest one yet and it was caught on my spinning rod. A little less than an hour on a popper. Shimano Stella 14000, 65lb spectra with 50lb leader. Excellent fishing continues. Just look for the birds Here is my gear I've been using. Since I'm a really tall guy standing at 5 foot 6, I need all the casting distance I can get. Trinidad 20 dc are loaded with 65lb spectra backing, 40 and 50 lb izor line xxx mono and Stella's are loaded with 65 and 80lb spectra with short 50 and 60lb leader however I don't think this is enough for the bigger ones. Going to pick up a Stella 20000 and a daiwa dogfight. Unfortunately, had a tire blow out on the way home. Scary, but everything is ok. Glad I had a spare. Have fun this weekend and go get um!