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Old 05-24-2019, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Bigwayne17 View Post
Can anyone offer a step-by-step explanation on how to apply this tail rope/head hook contraption? And might this work on other species?

Iím liking the ďjust put him in the boat and let him beat everything to hellĒ method less and less lately. Iíve almost lost my whole bucket of rigs a couple of times now and expensive rods also take a beating in some situations. However, the last thing I want is a dolphin with a 12/0 hook tail roped to him flopping around after Iíve missed the head hook part!

Gaff fish , as you are swinging over the rail grab the tail , put head on floor remove gaff , and bend the fish in a U shape . Insert hook and then tail wrap . If caught on bait we will use the leader , most of ours come on marlin lures so we use the rope . You can use the inside of your foot to hold the fish's head in place to bend if needed . There's really nothing to it , we do this with 50lb class fish all the time .

As was said above , in CR we clean them about 20 minutes later . They seem to die quicker when tied up like this .