Two experiences on a kayak trip years ago helped me understand the importance of personal safety and fighting technique when targeting large fish. After playing out a little tunny to my ’yak, two hefty bull sharks raced up to my flailing fish and chomped on it as I watched helplessly. With a line-cutting tool, I could have slashed the leader and not risked being pulled into the blood-soaked seawater. Instead, without the tool, I was at the sharks’ mercy in a dangerous position that should have been avoided. Later that morning I learned quickly to keep sizable fish out in front of me and away from the boat. Trolling an Atlantic bumper, I hooked a 5-foot tarpon that weighed more than my kayak. The fish immediately went into a fit of leaps, only narrowly missing my vessel after a particular jump. While kayakers should always learn from experience, as I did, they can avoid some of the hassle and headaches by listening to what kayak pros recommend when targeting full-size game fish. Dealing with tackle, techniques and safety is all part of the learning curve when targeting full-size game fish.