Well Gary there is no way I would any billfish into my cockpit. In fact I am leary of boating anything over 30lbs as sometimes they go into a final desperate thrash and can do damage. A wahoo of about 80lbs virtually destroyed my cockpit on my previous boat. Mind you I did some of the damage as I thought it was a big cuda and was up on the gunnel whacking away with the gaff!
All my fish are caught on handlines and if I get something heavy then I will use a winch. Leather gardening gloves are a must though.
Mostly I get small tuna and dorado though.