Went out to try to tag some toothies tonight.
At the start of the incoming tide I also threw out a big rod with a 16/0 circle hook and a 10in bluefish as bait on a fish finder rig.
At 10:40 my Avet LX started screaming as the 150 yards of flouro top peeled off. There is a total of 520 yards of line on my reel and 400 yards was gone before the first run was over. Fearing I might be spooled, I started running down the beach trying to put some line back on the spool. It was dark and I found (fell into) a two foot deep hole where sand had been dug up for a large sandcastle. I almost lost my rod in the fall. I hurt my back pretty bad (I am recovering from spinal surgery). I figured I had to turn him so I tightened the drag down all the way, leaned back on the rod to increase the drag angle and crossed my fingers. SNAP. He broke 80 lb test after running a total of 450 yards. That's a LOT of stamina and a VERY strong fish. I have a good guess on what it was but I will never know for sure. I am in a back brace and will not be fishing for a few days. Oh well, it was a heck of a rum while it lasted.