Gink and Gasoline has a really nice post about bonefish handling, appropriately called “Holding Your Bone.”
They do some fine work over there.
It always kills me to see an angler new to bonefishing, grinning ear to ear, with a huge slime print on his shirt. Nobody will say anything because they don’t want to spoil your moment but that slime belongs on the fish not your flats shirt. It’s their protection from harmful bacteria. Hugging them does not show that you love them.