I figured it was only a matter of time before a sea lion grabbed one of our herring, and it finally happened yesterday. Thought it was a smoker king, but only for a second. It came up about a hundred feet away with green big game pointing straight at it. We cut the line immediately. Next time I think I will thumb the spool and see if I can rip the hooks out (sounds cruel I know), but maybe I can get em or at least save it from towing around a flasher. So I wonder, how often does this happen and what do you guys do when it does? What can you do? I used to pull my gear whenever there was one behind the boat, which was so often it got ridiculous. I never see anyone else paying any mind to them so I stopped worrying about it. Then WHAM. It really put a damper on our day, that and the 9 hours it took to catch one king. Poor guy. I'm talkin Juneau here.