Tartan 27' owner
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I doubt this needs to be said to this bunch of smelly, swarthy old salts but bring a landing net (?) or gaff hook for getting those slithery beasts on board.
I have caught blue fish in the LI Sound off our 27' sailboat and even landed a few without a net. The fish seem to know that the end is near when you get them close to the boat and have a way of dislodging the hook if you don't get them in quickly.
Two falls ago we hooked several blue fish of around 5 - 10 # while sailing in a harbor at night in my Lightning 19' sailboat. It only has about a 1-1/2 foot free board but every fish we hooked and brought up to the boat got off at the last minute (no net). The Lightning cockpit is crammed with all kinds of racing rigging (hiking straps etc.) so is not the best platform for fishing from. I was actually kind of relieved that I would not have to clean off the scales and blood from the creatures.
If you want to land them bring a net.
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen
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