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A saltwater trolling reel, with a harness to hold it firmly to the rod.

The size rating system of trolling reels is based on the reel's line capacity and designated by a number followed by a slash and a zero. The higher the number, the larger the reel and the more line it will hold. Reels range from 1/0, which holds approximately 350 yards of 20-pound-test monofilament, up to 16/0, which has a capacity of 1,000 yards of 130-pound-test Dacron line. Most reels in use fall into the 2/0 to 12/0 range.

Trolling rods are classified by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), a record-keeping organization (see Appendix B for details). The categories range from ultra-light (used with 6- to 20-pound-test line) to unlimited (130- to 180-pound-test line). The rods themselves consist of an upper section with guides (called a tip section) and a butt section. The IGFA sets certain standards for rods, such as minimum tip lengths and maximum butt lengths, and will not consider for a record any fish caught on a rod that falls outside their specifications. This prevents someone from catching a record fish on a rod and reel that are more suited to pulling tree stumps out of the ground than for sport fishing.

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