I agree, generally. I think both you two knowledgable prideful dudes, gt and topwater, are both right. I've learned to quit 'trying' to get the fish on the reel. Sure, line management is important, but I've dropped a number of fish just for sakes of 'trying' to get the fish on the reel. If it's a fish that needs to be on the reel, it will get itself on to the reel. However, I do understand what gt means; there looked to be a fair amount of 'line grabbers' in that boat, and it looked like the safest bet was (if possible) to get the fish on the reel. Again, if possible. A very small item, when the fish gets on the reel and after I've landed it, when the bite's on, I hate having to strip out my line again to re-cast.