BH Cape Cod Special Tai Rod
This rod never cease to amaze me.
When I touched this ultra light rod, I thought about crappie or trout rod.
I really doubted this 3.8 oz rod (1.4 oz blank weight) can handle 10 - 20 lb snapper thought the rod is designed for slow jigging for red snapper.
I decided to test the rod by lifting one gallon of water and the rod didn't break.
I tested to pull line with 8 - 10 lb drag and it didn't break. I gave more drag up to 15 lb and the rod didn't break. Then I start to think the rod might handle mutton.
I fished on the Yankee Capt just to test the rod for mutton recently. I had several mutton, but I lost them due to shark. Instead, I could fight shark with the rod. Finally I landed about 15 lb African Pompano which fought much harder than mutton.
So I knew the rod is no problem for mutton.
On this trip, I fought about 10 mutton, a few AJ as well as shark with the rod.
But the highlight has to be a 120 - 150 lb goliath grouper with it. I thought it was another shark and I tried to break line using lock-down drag. But I had to fight to the end as I couldn't break my Black Hole 50 lb braid even using lock-down drag !
To my surprise, a nice goliath grouper came up to the surface.
I have a video of fighing AJ with the rod and I'll post it soon when it is ready.
horse eye jack which fought very hard.
grouper in NC after the Dry Tortugas trip
120 - 150 lb goliath grouper