VIDEO: Watch Dak Prescott Reel in Massive 300-pound Fish | 12up

After a near 30 minute battle on a 20-pound test line, he reeled the huge 52-inch fish in.
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As a general rule, the proper drag setting for nylon mono lines up to 20-pound-test is 20 percent of the breaking strength of the line. For 30- through 50-pound mono, it’s 25 percent of the breaking strength, and for 80- through 130-pound mono, it’s 30 percent. Of course, these are basic guidelines. The right drag setting varies according to the fishing scenario. A light drag is the right call when fishing light lines in open water, but ­considerably heavier drag is required to keep large stripers, snook or grouper from breaking off on structure when fishing near bridge pilings, rocks or over a wreck.
Size: Commonly up to 30 inches and 15 pounds (6.8 kgs), but 30-40 pound fish are not unusual.
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As previously mentioned, I've even gone the braid-mono route for my smaller nearshore and offshore tackle. For example, looking for line capacity and solid abrasion-resistance when anchored up and free-lining live baits on a reef, I've spooled my small and next largest conventional reels primarily with 30- and 50-pound braided line, respectively, and a 20-foot 30-pound-test fluorocarbon top shot. This way we can hook an outsize king mackerel - and when we're not fast enough to reel away a bait, the occasional shark - on the sporty small reels and not have to get off the anchor to pursue them. We often use these same reels when drifting the reefs for a mixed bag that includes everything from sailfish to grouper to cobia. On the drift, line capacity isn't as critical an issue, but it sure is nice having enough backbone to battle fish on such small outfits. The pending record fish was one of nine catfish over 30 pounds that the anglers caught on Jan. 29, said Littlejohn. Dylan caught eight of them.
Photo provided by FlickrSize: Most common at a pound to 8 pounds. Large fish can reach 20 with the rare lunker weighing in at 30 or 40 pounds.
Photo provided by FlickrIn South Dakota, northern pike can grow larger than 40 inches (101.6cm) and 30 pounds (13.6 kg). The state record fish, as
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The Larsen Bay area has some of Alaska's best halibut fishing with all sizes available in shallow (30' to 140') waters with very light currents. No deep-water fishing here! No battling heavy currents with pounds of weight to get to the bottom! Here the halibut are so plentiful that we often get them while trolling in 30 feet of water for kings and silvers using light tackle!Bluefish must have come north in greater numbers in 1927, for they were reported here and there from Cape Ann northward during that summer with small catches in the Casco Bay region,[] and there seem to have been still more of them in the Gulf during the next two summers, as reflected in reported catches of 4,825 pounds for Essex County, Mass., and 140 pounds for the Casco Bay region, Maine, in 1928; 7,888 pounds for Essex County and 495 pounds for Casco Bay, Maine, in 1929. And so many blues invaded the southwestern part of the Gulf during the next three years that about 68,000 pounds were reported for Essex County, and 200 pounds for Casco Bay in 1930; 60,000 pounds for Essex County and 500 pounds for Casco Bay in 1931; and 1,414 pounds for the coast of Maine as a whole in 1932.[]Halibut dress out at 50%+, a 30 pound fish will yield 15-20 lbs. of boneless fillets which is a lot of fish! This can add up quickly, so it is important to keep in mind how much fish you actually want to keep. Once a fish is brought into the boat, it goes onto your limit. All fish brought aboard are killed and bled immediately, ensuring the fillets are the best possible quality. This is as fresh as it gets, and I’m sure that when you sit down to eat some, you will agree that it does not get any better!The disappearance of the bluefish from the Gulf of Maine following the run of the 1860's was part of a general shrinkage in the bluefish population that visits the coast east of New York, and was to be expected, for the bluefish that reach our Gulf are only the northernmost fringe of the northern contingent. The increase in the numbers caught north of Cape Cod in the period 1928-31 was associated, similarly, with a corresponding rise in the yearly catches made off southern New England from about 55,000 pounds in 1928 to about 650,000-920,000 pounds for 1930-33.