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3 hours ago, Scotch_Egg2012 said:

That's the 3rd bigger one we've lost boat side going to find a different way of landing them

I'd be interested in how this pans out as I would not want to hurt a fish unknowingly.

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54 minutes ago, Malc said:

I'd be interested in how this pans out as I would not want to hurt a fish unknowingly.

We generally tail them over with a rope

 

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nice couple of rays and a good sized tope - the one in my profile pic was around 40lb, and was a right struggle to get in - we went for the rope round the tail method but in a 6knot tide that wasn't easy - pushing the rope up-tide around the tail was near impossible - it took us 20mins from the side of the boat to get it in the boat!

 

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Best to T Bar off in the water, it’s safer for you and the fish…

If you’ve got a water level door or swim platform you can drag onto that but an angry tope can cause a surprising amount of damage…

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4 hours ago, Odyssey said:

 but an angry tope can cause a surprising amount of damage…

Amen to that!! They do like to give a flash of those pearly whites.

 

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6 hours ago, Odyssey said:

Best to T Bar off in the water, it’s safer for you and the fish…

If you’ve got a water level door or swim platform you can drag onto that but an angry tope can cause a surprising amount of damage…

We only try to weigh the bigger ones as they're likely to be a PB or boat record,  anything below 35 estimated gets T barred off.

I was trying to land exactly like that onto the swim platform and then through the stern door, the rig must of had a nick or been rubbed as I got it out up to it pectorals before the 80lb rig body parted just off from the wire. I hate leaving tackle in fish so wasn't best pleased with that. 

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10 hours ago, mike farrants said:

nice couple of rays and a good sized tope - the one in my profile pic was around 40lb, and was a right struggle to get in - we went for the rope round the tail method but in a 6knot tide that wasn't easy - pushing the rope up-tide around the tail was near impossible - it took us 20mins from the side of the boat to get it in the boat!

 

We faffed for a similar amount of time, tried the net. Did think rope but we were in 4kts of tide so scrapped that idea. I think the dog grabber type tool is likely the way I'll go if I want to boat them. 

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45 minutes ago, Scotch_Egg2012 said:

We faffed for a similar amount of time, tried the net. Did think rope but we were in 4kts of tide so scrapped that idea. I think the dog grabber type tool is likely the way I'll go if I want to boat them. 

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Rope will twist a treat… 

Get a massive landing net or tail it with a trailer if you want to land it 🙂 

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