It did not take long to get a couple of marlin on and for them to take out a half-spool of line. With the much thinner diameter of the over-tested braid, we had no problem getting the belly out of the line — it cuts right through the water. If we were chasing records, I’d use this setup in a heartbeat. Then with the reels full of 30-pound-test mono, I sat there for a while as the angler pulled the belly out of the line so we could finally chase the marlin that was now jumping 180 degrees from the way we were facing. I seriously doubt if anyone who approved this rule had even tried to catch a real fish on this setup, much less a blue marlin.