Blue Marlin - Boat Driving Skills with Kevin Hibbard

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Instructor: Kevin Hibbard

Capt. Kevin Hibbard, a world-renowned marlin fishing expert, shares his tips for handling a boat while hooked up to a blue marlin. He emphasizes the importance of a simple spread and the need for minimal gear to clear a path to the fish. Hibbard shares his knowledge on line class, drag physics, and current usage during battles. He is a great teacher and an easy-going individual who shares his knowledge on boat driving while marlin fishing.

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Blue marlin fishing is a complex and thrilling sport, and perhaps nothing is more crucial in this endeavor than boat driving. Captain Kevin Hibbard, a seasoned marlin fisherman hailing from Kona, Hawaii, has a wealth of knowledge and experience in driving on big fish. Having fished in virtually every major marlin hotspot and worked with some of the world's most respected big game captains, Kevin's insights are invaluable for any aspiring marlin fisherman.

The Importance of Keeping It Simple

When it comes to boating big fish, Kevin emphasizes the importance of handling the boat effectively while hooked up. In waters teeming with big fish, simplicity is key. But what does "keeping it simple" entail in marlin fishing?

Kevin is eager to share his experience and insights on how to quickly get on top of fish, thereby increasing your chances of releasing or boating that once-in-a-lifetime catch. He advises against the use of dredges, mudflaps, or even a high line or shotgun lure. The goal is to eliminate as many potential complications as possible, allowing you to focus on the fish.

Boat Driving: A Crucial Skill

Among the many challenges blue marlin fishing skippers face, boat driving is one of the most significant. Many a marlin has been lost due to poor boat handling skills. Aspects such as your tackle, hooks, line, rollers, and boat setup are all within your control. Terminal failures are simply unacceptable. Once your boat setup and tackle are in order, all that remains is proficient boat driving.

Understanding Fish Behavior

As you advance in your marlin fishing journey, you'll begin to understand fish behavior more deeply. Kevin emphasizes the importance of being prepared for any eventuality. Blue marlin, especially the larger ones, are known for their unpredictable behavior when hooked. The golden rule here is to keep the fight close.

The Role of Drag

Kevin's insights on drag in this marlin fishing video are essential. He discusses how fish behave with different line classes and the amount of drag applied. Understanding how the direction from which the line is pulling affects fish behavior is critical.

The Importance of Expedience

Getting on top of a fish quickly is the name of the game. Captain Kevin Hibbard provides a basic playbook for boat driving while hooked up. With his extensive experience and knowledge, he can help you become a smarter boat operator. Take advantage of what he is sharing, and you'll be well on your way to becoming a more successful marlin fisherman.

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Kevin Hibbard

Captain Kevin Hibbard, born on June 4th, 1972, is a testament to the exhilarating allure of the sea's vast bounty. Hailing from St. Augustine, Florida, Hibbard moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in January 1995, lured by the siren call of the Blue Marlin that inhabit the Pacific waters. From that moment on, Hibbard's life became an odyssey of pursuit, a quest for the world's largest fish that took him far beyond Hawaii's serene shores.

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