Dangers of the final stages
Most fish are lost during the final stages of the fight.
Not only is the angler and crew fatigued but, worse still, most anglers are scared of the fish. This may sound silly but when a fish that could be potentially more than 10-feet long pops up boatside, grabbing it can be daunting. The trick is to keep calm and make sure everyone knows their role.
Communication between the captain and angler is essential during this stage of the fight. A simple misunderstanding can quickly cost the fish, or worse still, cause an accident.
Danger is a very real issue and fishers have been pulled over, lost limbs, lacerations and even in some cases death.
I know that one mistake can be costly as I lost the tip of my thumb in a split second while fighting a big tuna.
Then there is the fish themselves, with razor blade bites. Sharks will happily show off their dentures while others, like the wahoo, have razor blades for teeth that will cut you to the bone in an instant.