Took a charter out from Hammond on Monday with some friends going after albacore. It was a hell of a day as we were into a school for over 2 hours, just drifting. At times we had 7 rods tugging on fish, dancing the deck to keep the lines uncrossed. When the gear is out and fish are on, the school is everywhere around the boat. One of those times I parked the gear rod and started tossing the 14wt. Took me a while to realize my best effort stripping one handed wasn't even close. Once I started the two handed hyper-retrieves it wasn't long until I had one on. I had barrowed Jim Mercier's (Fetha Styx) 9' 14wt and Billy Pate Marlin. I can't recall the exact grain of the line but it was around 740 and matched up well with the rod and depth needed. Compared with the two speed Avet LX 6/3 reel (Excellent itself) on the gear rod, that Marlin was without a doubt a step above. Not sure why the sharks left us alone for so long, but I'm glad they did as it was a great day of constant action with those tuna. The added bonus is that I'm bbq'ing albacore wrapped in bacon tonight, after having tuna fish sandwiches today. :thumb: Tight lines.