Some buddies and I were down in the East Cape for the first time last October and we stumbled into some awesome blue marlin action. In the 3 days we targeted billfish we raised 15 fish and hooked 9, of which 5 were nicer blues in the 300lb range and 2 of them looked like they were over 400. In the end we only managed to land 2 small stripers. We're pretty sure the weak link in our tackle was some off the Wal-Mart shelf 50lb big game that we spooled up right before the trip. However, In the spirit of not letting a good tragedy go to waste we're using our failure as an excuse to spend some money on heavier gear. We're getting some custom rods made to handle heavy drag on 100-120# line. I'm looking for suggestions on what blanks and components to use. glass or composite, what length, uni or slick butt etc. I've been looking at some XXH composite blanks from rainshadow and United Composites that are popular with the west coast big tuna guys but haven't found much info on what the billfish guys are running.