Once you step on board a boat that specifically targets only the largest marlin in the ocean, you’ll notice that the skill level and attention to detail are unmatched. Fishing for giant marlin comes with an inherent amount of danger, so nothing is left to chance and every item is checked and checked again. You’ll also notice that a lot of the gear used by the crew should come with a super-size label. Most mates make their own gloves to protect their hands when using heavy wire or mono leaders, and world-renowned mate Marty Bates is no exception. Bates hand-stitches his Bates Big Game Gloves from strong yet supple Danish cowhide. Bates makes the leather shields from a sketch of your hand that you supply. Meant to be worn in conjunction with a pair of gloves of your preference underneath, Bates gloves come with a five-year warranty – so you know they’re built to last more than one season. To contact Bates about your pair, e-mail him at [email protected].