i coudn't disagree more. far too many folks figure saltwater fishing is like trout fishing. practice with the small fish leads to skills that you will absolutely need on that 200+# bill fish leaving for the far side of the pacific, that 150# tarpon who is going to rip off 200 yards of backing before you can blink an eye. personally i really don't care what you do topwater but watching your fly line waving around with a deck full of obsticales is a clear indication that your clearing the line skills are non-existent. but i guess you have never watched your fly line jump up off the deck as that big trophy heads for the horizon. me, i practice on each and every fish i hook no matter the size simply because practice is what it takes. the trophy guides i fish with would laugh you off the boat once they saw your skill level as they are there to work their butts off to get you into fish not watch you lasso your reel. i really need to ignore folks who think they knowitall!