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FRESH CATCH


USE ENOUGH GUN. PHOTO: COURTESY MORGAN PROMNITZ


Beefy rods and reels to beat the beasts below [P RO GEAR]


HEAVY LIFTING


Big fish lurk below the water. And kayak anglers can’t resist the challenge of beating a sea beast from a little boat. With a man-sized fish on the line, rods, reels and terminal tackle are the difference between winning and losing. These pros specialize in catching alpha predators with heavy tackle. RIC BURNLEY


PRO ANGLER


MORGAN PROMNITZ WWW.HOBIEFISHING.COM


As Hobie Fishing’s product manager, Morgan Promnitz has traveled the globe chasing the world’s biggest fish. When he returns home to San Diego, Promnitz turns his attention to 50-pound Pacific yellowtail.


BRIAN NELLIE WWW.TCKAYAKFISHING.COM


South Florida pro guide Brian Nellie is famous for catching fish when the heat is on. Nothing puts on the heat like a big grouper or amberjack. One weak link and the fish will find its freedom in the reef.


JAMIE PISTILLI @JAMIEPISTILLI


Kayak guide and outdoor writer Jamie Pistilli earned his spot on John- son Outdoors' Team Adventure by catching monster musky on northern lakes. These fish lurk deep and hit hard. It’s not uncommon for a huge musky to strike right at the side of the kayak.


MATT LUSK WWW.MATTLUSKPHOTOGRAPHY.COM


Matt Lusk is a pro photographer covering the surf and sand along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. In the spring, big cobia come close to shore and Lusk is there to meet the big, brown fish with a broomstick and heavy winch. It takes a tough outfit to sight cast to cobia up to 100 pounds.


Seven-foot, ROD medium-heavy St. Croix Tri-


umph Salt Series. Conventional version for fishing live bait, spinning model for casting surface irons.


The six-and-a-half-foot, heavy-action Shima- no Trevala spinning rod is light and compact with enough power to pull big fish out of the reef. Spinning gear is easier to use and offers more pulling power.


REEL


Daiwa Saltist 35H is compact and light with a star drag that can be adjusted while fighting the fish.


Shimano Spheros 10000 holds 400 yards of 30-pound test. Smooth drag puts up to 44 pounds of pressure on the fish. No chance of ac- cidently disengaging the drag on a spinner.


An eight-and-a-half-foot Fenwick Elite Pred- ator allows for stronger hooksets on hard- mouth musky. And long casts cover more water to find scattered fish.


Abu Garcia’s Toro Winch filled with 100-pound braided line and a 130-pound fluorocarbon leader. Heavy drag and sturdy tackle makes for a shorter battle, which is safer for the fish and the fisherman.


Seven-foot, heavy-action Penn Fierce has a stiff backbone and tip for making long accurate casts to cobia swimming just below the surface.


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Matching Penn Fierce 6000. Metal construction and sturdy drag system put the brakes on big co- bia. The reel holds 350 yards of 50-pound braid and a short leader of 60-pound fluorocarbon.


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