I know this is a tuna site, but figured a few of you might enjoy this.. Back in July I was fishing in the Monster Shark Tournament at Marthas Vinyard, we started off good with two makos but neither were probally going to meet the 200 pounds required to weigh in, so they were released. Soon after that blue sharks started coming into the slick one after another, things got bit boring, so I rigged up my daughter barbie rod, I put 30lb braid on it with a 50lb mono leader, a piece of bluefish and dropped it in front of a roughly 100 pound blue shark that was all of 6 feet, my buddy starts video taping me and SHARK ON, I have to tell ya, the drags on these $10 combo are pretty impressive, the shark really couldn't take off " probally full from chowing in the slick all morning " 45 seconds later I was touching the leader...this is a caught fish Then he finally made a good run and I figured I was about to get spooled so I cranked down the drag and stopped it and brought it to the side of the boat again... Anyway Field and Stream must have found the video on youtube, the author figures it a world record barbie catch , we did it for fun and it was pretty funny. I guess I have my 10 seconds of fame, just goes to show you that you may not need to spend thousands in gear to land a nice fish Link to article and video: Merwin: 100-Pound Blue Shark Caught on Barbie Rod | Field & Stream Fishing With Barbie Are cartoon-character rods more than just toys? Article by John Merwin. So-called Snoopy rods are the lowest of the low in fishing tackle. They're designed to draw little kids into fishing who could care less about fish but love Tigger and Mickey Mouse. Real fishermen have long ridiculed these things, but the maker of one brand told me he sells about 500,000 of them a year. It could be interesting, I thought, and probably funny, too, to see for myself what all those kids are fishing with. So I plunked down $9.94 for a Barbie special, hid it in a big shopping bag, and took it home to test it out. Barbie on the Ocean Capt. Terry Nugent trailered his 24-foot Hydra-Sports boat to my motel, ready for a day on the waters off Cape Cod. His Riptide Charters is famous for everything from bluefin tuna to monster bass. I walked over to the boat and reached up to hand him Barbie. "Please put this somewhere safe," I said. "And just where would you like me to put it?" Nugent asked, eyeing it warily. A short time later we were on the water and into some schoolie stripers, so I rigged Barbie with a small jig and carefully sharpened the hook. After watching me land one, Nugent, like Wheaton, wanted to fish with the thing. Barbie handled small stripers well enough that Nugent was clearly impressed. "The thing with this is the challenge," he finally said, "to see if you're enough of a fisherman to actually make it work." As we rigged the boat for the run back, he set Barbie proudly in a rod holder. .