This is the big one. At the start of almost every session, I tell people that if they don’t learn anything else, they should learn that the pointy end of the boat goes through the water far better than the back end. Taking the time to clear lines and then slowly backing up toward a blue marlin greyhounding on the horizon is not the way to quickly catch a lot of blue marlin. When any billfish bites, the captain should immediately start making a turn in the direction the fish is moving. If it’s going straightaway, he needs to turn and run as fast as his angler can pick up line — even faster if he can see the line and follow it without fear of running the line over. This does two things: It allows you to keep fishing with the remaining baits and lures running on the outside of the turn, and it keeps you close to the fish. We like to tell everyone that nobody ever caught a doubleheader by reeling in all of the lines after the first bite. As a bonus, once the fish wears itself out on its initial run, if you’ve turned and chased the fish down, your angler can now increase the drag on an exhausted fish and roll it over. The faster you catch a fish, the better it is for the health of the fish, the angler’s health and the boat’s chances of running over another one quickly to get an additional bite.