When I lived in the frozen northland(Minnesota) we did not really catch them and shoot em. We would wait till they jumped and shoot then. Used a 30/06 for most but used a 12 ga with slugs for the bigger ones. Only made head shots though.
Have you ever caught so big of a fish you had to shoot it
I once caught a fish at the age of 12. Stared at it fighting and gasping for air at the end of my hook.
There was a connection however briefly.
I released the fish back into the ocean.
Never went fishing again.
I am 65 yrs old.
I was out on a chartered trip a few years ago when i hooked into a 100+ pound blacktip. Took about 45min to reel him in. Bout 5.6 long. We were in a smallish boat bout 22ft i think it was so our captain brought out an old 1911 and killed it dead when it was thrashing near the boat.