I keep a pair of mechanics gloves on my boat, a set of grippers, and a large landing net when chasing big blues. Net to get them in the boat, grippers for handling and pics, and gloves for hook removal.
Caught a 57 pounder a few years back that had three hooks in his mouth other than the one that brought him to the boat. Be careful about blindly sticking your hand in a bib blue's mouth.
If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space!