How do you keep a whale from grabbing the fish off your lines?

Do you put out decoy buoys to try to trick them? Do you blast heavy metal from the deck of your boat to annoy them, or run for hours in hopes of ditching them?

All these tactics -- and more -- have been tried by frustrated fishermen working the Gulf of Alaska, where sperm and killer whales skillfully strip high-value black cod from miles of baited lines.

"Sometimes, you will catch 3,000 pounds. Then the whales will show up, and you will get nothing," said Paul Clampitt, a fishermen who is a 30-year veteran of the black-cod harvests off Alaska.

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