Gary you're making the right call.Went looking for a thread that would answer my question rather than start a new one.
My 1st 16 day trip at 45 had me seeing a 65+ guy with a broken TLD 30 win the jackpot after much help from the crew. Didn't seem right at the time but was told you will be an old coot someday and this guy is a regular. Now some 20+ years later I am an old coot with hands that can cramp up at times. Will not be entering the jackpot on an upcoming trip because I recognize I may need help on a big cow and learned a valuable lesson from that old guy in the mid 80s who after receiving help went on to claim the jackpot. I vowed at the time this won't be me someday as it wouldn't be fair to the younger guys who all agree to play by the rules.
I give all the jackpot money to the crew anyway and I believe this elderly guy in the mid 80s may have done the same but that's not the issue, playing by the rules is the issue and I wondered how any captain with a boat full of elderly people will break this news to them that in no way shape or form will an assisted catch count in the jackpot with the exception of working around the anchor. Any thoughts? Should guys in their 70s catch a break? When I was 45 I agreed they should. Now that I am pushing those same numbers I will not be looking for any considerations and thus perceptive enough to recognize my possible limitations. So sitting out on the jackpot will remove me from all this drama and the animosity I would feel should this situation repeat itself. Am I missing something?
What boat is this? Sounds like it should allow kite fish to count for JP if the angler is holding the rod when it gets bit.only one I don’t understand is kite fish not counting! If you hold the rod, work the baits and hook the fish on your own it should count if everyone gets a rotation. Hell on my trip, I got less time on the kite than anyone! Fought the fish myself and was hooked up to a bait fish before they could drag my cow to the scale!