Sounds like a BLAST! I had to make a similar pirouette recently at the boneclave at the hands of a large king or spanish (looked too big for spanish) on the larger cousin of the "Leland" beach rod.
I've got the all-arounder prototype in hand, a 10'8" 9/10wt. Next will be the puget sound model. Sounds like we need to speed up the prototype process for ya!