VIDEO: Downrigging with squid

IN this clip SYDNEY snapper specialist Chris Cleaver heads offshore with a couple of mates to try some downrigging with live squid baits - a proven technique for scoring big kingfish. Check out the decky wearing the PFD...

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Practical: Safe billfish handling techniques

Removing billfish like marlin from the water causes unneccessary harm to the fish, so if you're releasing your fish as most conservation minded game fishers do, leave it in the water! Image: Jim Harnwell

WITH summer almost upon us the thoughts of bluewater anglers will be turning to billfish. So having successfully caught a marlin or sail, do you know the safest way to handle it so it can be released in the best possible condition?