Curious for opinion, is the red 6/0 HW loaded up with 100 braid and top-shot, enough drag to handle a Bluefin up to #200 pounds?
Norman told me about a night they were catching cows ...as they were gaffin a cow midship starboard side they saw a super next to the boat...they pulled the first fish over and went back to what they thought was a free swimmer lost in the lights ...It is indeed theoretically possible; and a handful of very experienced anglers in small, fast, maneuverable boats, with skilled captains have done it lately, just to prove it can be done.
Going out on a standard party/charter boat, and trying to do it under the auspices of budgetary restriction would be extremely difficult.
Over the decades, 200-pound category yellowfin and bigeye tuna were hooked on San Diego-based boats on the venerable 114HL, and the landing percentage is extremely low, probably in the single digits percentage-wise..
Again, it's been done, but tuna-ready reels like FTH40NLD2's and FTH60LD2's are available at retail for less than the price of a boat ticket, and most major landings have fully capable rental gear for reasonable prices.
Up here in the Monterey Bay, we have had limited runs in the past, but not many over 60-70 pounds. This year however there has probably twenty or so caught in the 150 pound range. I would be fishing it off of private boats and other than than the current anomaly, can't see investing $500 into a reel that will be much larger than 95% of my fishing. I also have a two-speed HX Raptor loaded with 80lb Braid, I'm thinking that has more stopping power than the 6/0 Then some heavier 100lb class rods with HLW 4/0's for albacore trolling.
Most all other medium set-ups I have can handle albacore and WSB, then a ton of lesser tackle for the lesser breeds. Just trying to make do with some of what I have should the Bluefin start coming around more often up here. If this situation repeats a few times, then maybe I'd be more willing to plop down the wallet.
Thank you for all the opinion.