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Old 05-01-2019, 11:07 AM
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This past week my new wife and I went on a fishing charter out of St. Lucia, it was pretty unproductive with a mate that swears he was doing everything he could, except for the fact that he left each bait out for at least and hour and they came back bitten in-half EVERY TIME, but that's not the point of this post...

At one point he mentioned that they fought a blue marlin for 4 hours on one of their trips. there were 6 people on the boat (3 husband/wife couples) and we each took 15 minute turns in the chair waiting for a bite. So lets say one of us hooks a giant marlin right out of the gate, does the 1st person get to fight that fish to the end? What if it takes the entire half day trip to get it in?
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:16 AM
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I don't know about you, but I'd rather drink a beer than reel in a fish...I'm typically the guy clearing lines/rigging baits while others reel. That said, I think if you hook a marlin and it takes half a day to get in, that's just the way the cookie crumbles. Just come up with a plan for some sort of rotation before fishing starts, I guess.
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:18 AM
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I don't know about you, but I'd rather drink a beer than reel in a fish...I'm typically the guy clearing lines/rigging baits while others reel. That said, I think if you hook a marlin and it takes half a day to get in, that's just the way the cookie crumbles. Just come up with a plan for some sort of rotation before fishing starts, I guess.
This. Last time out for stripers, I never touched a rod. It is nice....especially when pulling wire.
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by r_ventura_23 View Post
This. Last time out for stripers, I never touched a rod. It is nice....especially when pulling wire.
I'll hook a fish and reel for a min or 2 until someone gets a belt on, but that's about all I'll do. Hell, when weed gets on the shotgun, I start making my way up to the bow of the boat as I mumble something about someone needing to check it
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:44 AM
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Ainít nobody gonna kick me off a big fish if itís my turn in the seat. Thatís life my friend. Now if the angler in the seat wants to hand off the rod midfight as many canít handle it, then jump right on.

Thatís how it works.
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Old 05-01-2019, 12:03 PM
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Just my opinion, but if you're part of a split charter, you're all in it together equally. Or stay at the dock Captain's call , before or during a fight. Again, only in my opinion and on my boat. Just like all caught fish were/are shared equally
when I was chartering and now that I only fish recreationally.

When I get back to the dock, often I'm asked , "who caught that big one ' ? Answer, "we all did" ! I've never seen anyone catch a "big' fish ALL by HIS or HER self. Fishing is a team effort. Capt. Billy/Right Stuff
Of course, there can be predetermined exceptions if specifically targeting a record fish, but that would not be a shared charter.
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Old 05-01-2019, 05:47 PM
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If itís a split charter with a group of friends. I could give two shits if I reel it in. Weíre splitting the meat fish at the end anyway.
Never seen what the big deal with reeling in a big fish on a charter anyway. Not like I caught it, Iím just being used for my crank (famous Lono Ono line he once told me)
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Old 05-01-2019, 06:39 PM
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Draw straws or pick a rod in the beginning
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Old 05-01-2019, 06:57 PM
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It's real simple. Angler who's turn it is gets to fight that fish till he gives up and hands off rod. That's my rules anyway. You're always best off discussing prior to putting lines in.

My other rule is this. If you're trolling everybody drawls a number from the hat. Then we rotate thru the numbers. Each person is up for 15 minutes. Than you change. It's a fair way to give everyone a chance.

I was on the canyon runner in obx when we hooked a giant. Low and behold I was number 1. They kept asking if I wanted to hand off!!! That was Dean asking!! Lol no but thanks for asking!
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Old 05-01-2019, 07:28 PM
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Whoever is reeling-it-in, is trivial on that type of charter, itís really the captain thats catching the fish. Additionally, rotating multiple inexperienced anglers on a bill fish is a good recipe to lose it.
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:27 AM
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yes, whomever's turn it is fights that fish to the end unless they voluntarily hand off, are tired, etc. IMO, full 6 pack charters are rarely gonna catch 6 quality fish when targeting pelagics so usually someone going home less then satisfied.
Enjoy the journey and every trip is a huge success!
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:10 AM
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Rock, Paper, Scissors
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:18 AM
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Old 05-03-2019, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by meritmat View Post
Not like I caught it, Iím just being used for my crank (famous Lono Ono line he once told me)
Bahaha,

The guy that told me ďfishing with you is like having sex with a married woman, you only want me for my crankĒ got so put out over ďbeing usedĒ he doesnít fish with me anymore. Apparently I fuel the boat, trailer the boat, make and pack the lures, pay for and set up the rods, buy the bait, set the lines, drive the boat, put you on fish and YOU CRANK wasnít working for him.

I get it, operating the winches is hands-down my least favorite part of fishing but if itís the only part you can handle shut up and crank!

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Old 05-06-2019, 06:30 AM
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I always choose laser. Laser shoots all and I win.
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:29 PM
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I don't care who reels in the fish on my boat as long as it ain't me & firstimers get to crank in billfish if they want. but ultimately my boat I cought em all
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:25 AM
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I prefer not to reel in big fish. Rod man only gets to focus on the rod and reel handle. I prefer watching everything, fish. Rod,reel, boat, waves, line etc etc...I get the whole picture. Small fish up to 100 lbs are more fun.
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Old 05-08-2019, 09:12 AM
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Team effort. I fished last weekend (not on my boat). I knew I wouldnít touch a rod. 3 of the 5 guys didnít have a boat. I fish offshore every weekend. Not a big deal.
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Old 05-08-2019, 12:20 PM
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If I were on a split charter and in the chair for 4 hours on a blue that actually warranted that (BIG), I would gladly pay for everyone else's end of the trip. Also if I got to watch/help someone catch a fish of a lifetime and they offered to pay for my end I would refuse.
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:55 AM
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You can establish ahead of time whatever agreement you want on a split charter, but if you do it enough you realize pelagic fishing is a team effort. The boat and the team on it caught the fish. My preference is whoever starts the battle, itís theirís to finish or give up (unless Capt. seeís they are doing a really shitty job and should give it to someone else for the sake of the fish). If they give up, it passes to the next person until they give up.
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