Tip of the week — Handling a marlin at the boat

Watch Oskie Rice as he safely handles a 19-foot leader to bring a 375-pound blue marlin to the tag stick.  Suitable gloves are essential.  Each hand wrap starts on the inside of the leader and wraps outward just once.  If a fish pulls too hard and you have to “dump” the leader, you can release your hand from the leader safely by opening your hand and pointing your fingers at the fish.  Knees locked up against the gunnel for support.  One caution:  Oskie is one local boy so he can do it in rubbah slippahs.  If you tried that, you might end up going overboard with the fish, leaving a pair of slippahs on the deck to mark your passing.