Carter’s unconventional strategy for battling these giant blue marlin uses tackle lighter than what most anglers use for largemouth bass. “With big fish and light line, you have to change things up and try to confuse the fish, and hopefully force them to make a mistake,” says Carter. And every once in a while it works — evident by the six light-line billfish world records to his name. Fighting a stubborn blue holding some 200 feet below the boat, Carter put his Tyrnos 30 in free‑spool, turned and said, “Watch this, the fish will come up to the top.” And that’s exactly what happened. The feisty blue marlin came to the top as the leader pierced the surface within a hand’s reach for a quick release.