Hey Jeff,Hi Doug, looks like another fun adventure with a great group! It is possible you may have hooked another species... possibly Elvis? (swordfish) Depending on how deep you were and if it was a glow jig. I prefer the Mak 50 with 200 lbs. spectra with 400 lbs. Seaguar blue fluorocarbon leader for night jigging the 400-500 gram jigs. 48lbs. of drag at strike on a Calstar 775XXXH. You have to hold on tight and use the rail. I get bit on it. I also get bit-off too! I believe it is wise to bring the appropriate sized gun to a gun fight...
- Jeff Burroughs
I've never hooked Elvis, so I don't have anything to compare to it. Tail beats and the way it was fighting I'm confident that was just one of those super jumbos that we'll never land. I was shallow around 50' because I wasn't even at my first marker. Reel was in gear because they were bringing a gaffed fish down the port side and I stopped to lift my rod and not to get tangled with others. I almost lost my entire setup, the bite was so violent. I was lucky that I was hanging on and not at strike when it bit, otherwise that Viper and Mak would be in the ocean right now.