We are having great season for big bluefin on poppers in Cape Cod this year. Fighting big blueifn in 150 lbs - 200 lbs on long popping rods are not a joke as some experienced already. Here are my advice how to fight big tuna on long popping rods based on my experiences and observations. 1. keep your pace I observed that first time tuna popping fishermen try too hard initially as if they land a big tuna within a minutes. Slow down your motion and keep pace expecting long fight. When you get tired, slower your fight. Some around you will urge you to continue to fight by saying 'if you rest, tuna rest'. Don't pay much attention to it either. If you get tired, let rod tip and drag fight for you. Not to try overpace yourself and not to try more than you are capable of. 2. take time Some claim the they land a 200 lbs in 10 munutes. Don't pay attention to it and take your time and enjoy your fight. If someone actually land a 200 lbs tuna in 10 mintues, they are extemely skillful to handle heavy drag and are trained like a machine. But I know I can't. If you take 30 minutes to get 150 lbs tuna, don't be ashamed. You got to respect the sheer power of big tuna and it is normal to take time to land a big tuna. To land a big tuna as quick as possible doesn't do anything good to you. As I said, keep your pace and enjoy your fight. 3.use your legs and upper body Beginners try to pull the rod with hands/arms, but it only make you tired easily. Use your extended arms as a guide and leverage, and work your legs and upper body for popping and gaining lines. 4.keep your gimbal position lower I see many fishermen use small fighting belt around their waist. It really can hurt your back and you can not fight effectively. Bucket style harness with drop down fighting belt really can help you. The use of back supporting belt is highly recommended. 5.set proper drag I usually use 22 - 25 drag for tuna jigging and popping. I experimented with 18 lbs drag this year and I found I could land a pretty big size tuna with ease with 18 lbs drag. Depening on your skill and strength you can set the drag from 18 lbs to 25 lbs, but I don't recommend more than 25 lbs drag unless you can handle such a high drag setting. 6. shorten rod length I fought bluefin from 8' to 9' rods. No matter what rod manufacturers claim, go with shorter rods to fight big tuna in 150 lbs - 200 lbs effectively. 8' rod and 9' rod made a huge difference for me. There are times you have to throw small lures far and you need longer rods, but if you can use 3 oz or heavier lures, go with shorter rod like 7'9" - 8'. Even 7'6" is not bad when you don't have to cast too far. Some might disagree with me as it is my subjective opinions, but those things listed above worked for me.