26. Heavy-Tackle Fishing
Fishing in a properly adjusted fighting chair with a well-designed harness (no seat), a big Penn International 130 filled with 130-pound line and a heavy, bent-butt rod with AFTCO roller guides, you can now battle the biggest marlin or tuna in the sea. Using heavy tackle doesn't have to hurt or turn into endless torture for the unlucky angler trying to fight a big fish in a chair that hasn't been adjusted for his height. Once you position the footrest the proper distance away from the chair and at the correct angle to allow the angler to fight the fish with a stiff-legged technique, anglers can't believe how much drag they can comfortably put on a fish.
If your skipper knows how to run the boat - not just back up - it becomes the ultimate angling thrill when you find a fish equal to the tackle. When the fish is so big that your heavy tackle suddenly turns into light tackle - that's the best! - Peter Wright