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Ahem, BFT on spinning gear :D , Start with a small one, before you have a try on a full size one. Jordonis3r you are looking at a fish that pound for pound is about two or three time stronger than Dogtooth's, and being a cold water fish, they are able to loose heat and continue to fight and fight . They DO NOT quit. Most of the people i know that "have" done it. Tend to go for unlimited stand up gear and massive back breaking, arm crippling drags. Basically every ounce of pressure the hook set will take. And even then you will probably have 25% do the long drop on you. I have seen these fish spool gear that would handle grander marlin. Truely one of the most impressive fish that swim.

As for the future of the BFT, Milt and eggs already frozen, techniques for farming them are receiving a large amount of investment. Compared with many other species that are close to the brink, there is alot of interest in saving them. Their value, that has almost proven their downfall, may yet be their salvation. Sadly the same can't be said for many other fish species.
 
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