I set myself into a stand-up bucket harness and picked up the rod, latching the harness’ support clips into the sides of the reel. I was now attached to this unseen foe, and for the first time felt his formidable strength. Line started leaving the reel with reckless abandon. Even with the drag set at nearly 30 pounds, I was powerless to stop this animal. He just ran. And ran. And, well, ran.