Ron has caught countless fish and has his successful techniques for landing them. Last week when kayak fishing in Tampa Bay, I hooked many strong ladyfish. On the first one I slid my hand down the 20-lb leader and tried to lift the fish into the kayak. It lunged and broke off. The guide told me never to lift a large fish by the leader. He does not carry a net but consistently lands large fish by getting hold of the leader then working his other hand under the fish's belly. He quickly lifts/pushes the fish into the boat. I tried that method and did not lose any other fish during the rest of the trip. It takes a bit of practice (I would be nervous if I fished lures with multiple treble hooks) but does work.
Originally Posted by ronaultmtd
Native Watercraft Manta Ray 11 and Slayer Propel 10
Member - Pro Staff team for Native Watercraft
Author - "Fishing in the Comfort Zone" - light tackle fishing techniques for kayaks and small boats