I worked on a sailing fishing
boat. She was a 50 foot ketch
rigged troller chasing Albacore off the NZ Coast called Sunniva.
We had eleven lure out at once, eight from the mizzen outriggers, one whisky line from the mizzen mast
, and two short lines on downriggers from the fwd outriggers.
Lines were heavy 5mm (or so) green nylon braid with heavy short steel
traces and very strong unbarbed hooks so we could unhook the fish
quick and get the line back in.
We used hydraulic haulers and sometimes had all four haulers running full time, with the other lines full of fish
as well. Quicker we could clear them the more fish we could catch before the school
Certainly a rod and real would have been a useless thing onboard for us, far to slow, and far to weak, the force the fish hit our hooks would often rip half their face away. But we never lost