Boating large fish

Arima-bob

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How do you guys boat large fish (100+ pounds) in smaller private boats? I have a 3" hook gaff, but I somehow don't think that's enough.
 

bajabills

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Depends on gaff mfg.
 

bajabills

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Depends on gaff mfg.
 

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Depends on gaff mfg.
 

bajabills

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Depends on gaff mfg.
 

bajabills

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blackman fishmachine
Depends on gaff mfg.
 

bajabills

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Haha. I guess the network didn't want to respond. Then over did it.
 

Arima-bob

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I have one commercial made gaff 6' with a 3" hook fiberglass stick. The other was made for me, but it's bamboo. Same specs.
 

Arima-bob

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Maybe a pulley would help you? A block and tackle with a big hook or tail loop could help

I've boated sharks to 150#'s with a tail rope. Wouldn't a tuna or billfish be tougher? I don't think a pulley would be necessary, I'm not that old! Haha
 

InDeepShip

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I've boated sharks to 150#'s with a tail rope. Wouldn't a tuna or billfish be tougher? I don't think a pulley would be necessary, I'm not that old! Haha
Work smarter not harder is what I always say and they have some super small block and tackle that can’t be left In a hold for that one day. I’m not the expert but if you can get a tail rope around a tuna it’s game over. I don’t know how it would be different then a shark
 
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Arima-bob

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Probably not a bad idea, just not sure where I could mount it.

The sharks I've had to the boat were fairly calm once boatside and pretty easy to get a rope around the tail. I haven't had the pleasure of getting a large tuna to the boat yet, but the smaller ones I've caught go ballistic, especially after hitting the deck.
 

InDeepShip

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Rod holders maybe? Idk just make sure it can cold that weight. And yea tuna I think are just going to go ballistic or depends on if they die during the fight
 

Arima-bob

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I do need to add a couple more rod holders. Or maybe a davit puller?

I hope the fish doesn't die before I boat it, but I suppose once it's dead and I'm able to muscle it up, it's not gonna have an attitude problem. Haha
 
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Azarkon

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100 pound fish can be pulled in from the swim step, easier than from the side, and it won't sink your boat since the swim step is designed to handle a 200 pound guy pulling himself up from the same position. Just don't have too many people standing on the swim step or around it - balance the weight while you're doing the pulling.
 

gecsr1

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Tail Rope and two fisherman...or just tie it to the side of the boat and drag it home....
 

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Believe it or not I use an old bed sheet. Lay the sheet out across the rail dangling in the water, Tail wrap the fish and pull it up and over the rail and slide the fish onto the deck. I use that method primarily for sharks but it does work on other bigger fish. It amazing how easily it slips on the sheet into the boat.