Originally Posted by smurphny
White Marlin, on the other hand, are much smaller and very good eating. They are also often within a few miles of shore and can be caught by fast trolling. They usually are in the 50# range. The sword is certainly a danger. I'd suggest getting a tailrope on any larger fish, leaving it 1/2 suspended, dragging backward until you're sure they're dead. You would not want a billfish (or shark) alive and thrashing in a sailboat cockpit!
That's my plan. I have gaff set up to haul up with our outboard motor lift. I think I can fillet a fish over the transom so cleaning the mess off teak decks won't be such a chore.
Of course this is all theoretical as apparently I can't fish worth a darn. I dragged a lure across the entire Atlantic Ocean and caught nothing. With two handlines, a bunch of line, a goodly assortment of lures, a squirt bottle of cheap Swedish vodka, a couple of gaffs, and other odds and ends the first fish I do manage to catch will be far from free. *sigh*