PDX - now that will have been a big fish not the mincey little "big" fish that so easily exposed my lack of technique
'Spect you got it on the Columbia did you? (went there windsurfing many years ago) and I understand that there are some pretty big fish in there (and in other waterways all up the Pacific coast I believe?).
Anyway - soldering iron is the way to go if you want a near permanent fix - I haven't had to redo any of my repairs even after several years of regular hard use following the repairs and I still have 2 spare turbos that I bought to cover myself in case the repairs didn't work lying around the garage.
The one that cut my fin was a 7'9" sturgeon. It was out of the Willamette (which dumps into the Columbia, the fish move back and forth). The last big one I caught I think was at least as long (powerboat guy estimated 8' based upon my kayak) and was a lot bigger around.
I hope the my Gorilla tape lasts forever, but if not I will break out the soldering iron. Thanks again for a great tip!
Fish tremble when they hear my name
A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are built for.
--John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic, 1928