As Grant said, the techniques used for white marlin in the DR are not much different from those used during white marlin season in the States, but some of the local captains set up a little differently. During my fishing days, while Elias was running Black Pearl from the marina to the rock piles, Pascual was getting the cockpit set up. He pulled out a pair of dredges, but these were rigged with a combination of mudflaps under nylon skirts on the inside with red metal-flake plastic squids on the outside. For teasers, he readied a pair of green-and-yellow squid daisy chains. The typical four-rod spread consisted of two rigger baits and two flat lines, with each running small ballyhoo behind tiny chugger heads or nylon dusters armed with circle hooks. The light stand-up outfits were spooled with 20-pound-test, per tournament rules, but Pascual told me that for most tournaments and everyday fishing, they prefer to use 30-pound mono. Considering that we encountered some larger whites during the tournament, including one that looked to be pushing 90 pounds that ran under the boat and clipped the line on the running gear, I would have felt more comfortable with the extra 10 pounds of breaking strength, but rules are rules.