Although he cut his teeth on stripers and bluefish on the south shore of Massachusetts, Mark Budreski's passion is chasing bonito and false albacore in the waters off Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard from August to October. Fishing from his venerable 18-foot Lund, Red Sled, which he trailers to different spots on the Cape depending on where the action is hottest, Mark has discovered that success in this fast-paced game often hinges on preparedness. Therefore, he stresses the importance of "de-bugging" your tackle before you hit the water. "Get prepared at home," he says. "Have your equipment cleaned and ready. Make sure you have fresh leader material. Make sure your reel is lubed, your fly line is straightened, and your hooks are sharp." Of particular importance is a fine-tuned, silky-smooth drag to handle the fish's lightning runs. "If your line encounters the slightest resistance, you'll pop them off for sure," he warns.