Looking toward the stern of the Aleutian Spray, this "gun" regulated the pace at which the mainline spewed over the stern. To the right is the very large reel that hel about ten miles of monfiliment. For tuna fishing, it is best to fish deep. If you fish too shallow, you catch too many marlin. So, you shoot out the line fairly fast, and keep the speed of the vessel slow. This lets the line drop down further, in large loops between the floats. As the line fed out, we'd "snap on" the lines with the hook and the bait, and then every so often, we'd snap on a float (so the main line didn't sink to the botton of the ocean).

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