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June 27, 2014

How to Catch Big Fish from an Open Boat

Defeating big fish from open boats requires special tactics and teamwork


Hooking two big marlin or tuna at once ranks as a problem for which every angler wishes. But seriously, how do you deal with a pair of monsters that want to run in different directions?

Like a good bird shooter, you have to focus on one target at a time, according to the experts we interviewed. “Pick one fish and concentrate on it first,” says Wil Rogers, large-boat business manager for Boston Whaler. “Assume you might lose the other one.”

If the other fish is still on the line by the time you land the first, that’s a bonus. Use the tips we outline in this story to try to land it too.