Above all, if you’re not hooking billfish via bait-and-switch, you’re missing out on the most exciting and interactive way to catch them. But stay calm! Most billfish that are going to bite aren’t going anywhere, so take your time and be precise with what you’re doing. Stop shouting 100 words per second, and listen. Your captain has a better vantage point and might have some advice to help hook the fish. A well-positioned bait is usually much better than just getting it out quickly. Waiting for the right bite, instead of rushing a bad bite, saves bill wraps and lost fish. A calm and collected angler can easily time an aggressive bite with a controlled drop-back. The more you practice staying calm, the more everything will seem in slow motion. Once the billfish is on, you can go as crazy as you want, but staying cool beforehand will make you shine as an angler.