Caught a 40 # (pics r in arizona rivers section) over the weekend with my new penn 310 gti reel spooled with 80 # gorillia braid/ugly tiger mh rod . I am very suprised at how easy it was to bring in the big boy. Although he fought with all his might he was no match. One thing i did notice was that I was not hooking them very deep. Im currently using Mustad # 6 bronze hooks that come in a 50 pack at Sports Authority, (not sure on a model number) they seemed dull out the box so I would file them a little before casting out. Seems to me that the weakness in my tackle is quaility hooks. My next investment is going to be some good hooks. Khale hooks seems to be very popular & reasonably priced.