Handling any size bluefish is tough, but slammers have much stronger jaws and bigger teeth than their smaller brothers. If one closes down on your finger or hand, you’ll be sorry, as it’s incredibly difficult to coerce the jaws open. They seem to clamp down stronger with each second, making moderate injury more likely. Proper tools and your undivided attention are imperative when reclaiming what is left of your fly and keeping your hands safe. Needle-nose pliers or a long-handled hook remover help keep your hands farther away from danger. The biggest favor you can do yourself when targeting bluefish is to use flies with barbless hooks. These allow easy removal, without your having to wrestle the fish too much. If you must hold a big fish, slide your fingers inside the gill plate from behind, staying clear of the gills. Be very careful, and work quickly. If you use a de-barbed hook and the proper tools, both bluefish and angler should be fine.