Yah so true I’m gettin a 50 talica for these times. Looking back I wish I had a bigger rig but line capacity wasn’t the problem and I don’t know how much more pressure I could put on the fish.
the line was like a piano wire when u touch it.
I really like your VISX 12 rig for 80#. Agree with your thoughts to get a true Big Rig for the grade of BFT we are seeing now. I recently picked up a 7'6" UC Viper paired with Mak 20 SEa loaded with 700 yards of 100# braid. Strong but not too big or heavy. Did a great job on some 120 - 185# BFT a couple weeks ago. If you are a Penn guy check out Tunanorth or Alan Tani posts on the VISX 20, sounds like another great option. Thanks for posting up your story, Great Read!