Once a fish takes the bait, mechanical reels pull the fish about twenty feet in, leaving the last twenty to be pulled in by hand. This is no easy task, as the fish and its drag fight every inch of the way. Once the fish is about a foot away from the boat, the men dip their inside shoulder and sling the fish into a holding tank. Capt'n Robbie and Alex had calluses in the tender nooks of their hands to protect from the line's nylon burns. This is Capt'n Robbie in mid-sling.