You are right, I didn't answer the question. I should have said at first, do not take the Sailfish out of the water. Even your method does not ensure that your fish were not part of the 27%.
I sincerely apologize for not answering the question properly.
Wasn't trying to be a jerk! Just pointing out.
I agree that they shouldn't be lifted out, but when it's someone's first billfish and they want that one pic, it can be a difficult choice when everybody is all amped up.
I also look at it like this; the fight stressed the fish out a ton for X amount of time. 10 seconds out the water probably doesn't hurt that much especially considering you can support their body weight much better in a kayak without the lift needed to clear the gunwale on a boat.