Hi Sean and Jim,
I think I had pretty good access to the water from my SOT and didn't have to bend over too far, just the angle the fish came in from the side, it's length and the choppy wave action made it tough to get to the tail. I think the O.K. Prowler I have has excellent stability, just the fish was too big to put in the kayak without it being on top of me or hanging over the side.
I do think the Boga will help solve the problem of getting a good hold of the fish for me. I'll have to pick one up and try it out, hopefully there will be another large one to try it out with. I was using 17lb flouro and it held up good as it was hooked in the lip, might go 25lb in the future.
I didn't go swimming so that part was good, water is still quite cold this time of year.