There are many ways to count your bites too. It’s possible for one sailfish to eat your flat line, a short rigger and then the long rigger, and miss the hook all three times. Yes, you might be zero for three, but it was only one fish. And yes, it is very hard to tell if it was only one instead of two or three. Most of us old-timers would say that we are three for seven, meaning we had seven bites and caught three. In Hawaiian tournaments, they ask for your report every couple of hours and you answer with three numbers, like 1-1-0. This means you have seen one, had one bite and no catch.