WHO KILLS MORE?!?
One thing that everyone leaves out when the discussion of Who Kills More [From the Bridge, April/May 2017] comes up — and it really bugs me — is when taking the fish out for a picture, a lot of crews around here, the mate and second mate knee the fish to subdue it so they can take the hook out and then take the picture. You know that’s a dead fish at that point! I have a cheap GoPro on a stick: We lift the head of the fish out of the water and get the pic of the client with his fish. The fish never comes aboard that way.
As far as numbers go, I feel that if we are lucky enough to have caught a beautiful billfish and the client is not happy, then I have not done my job, be it one fish or 10.