Often times you will see a boat on a fish get into a pattern of back and forth, with forward and reverse moves as the fish gets closer, losing and gaining line in a cyclical fashion. The fish is doing what we call “pinwheeling,” a typical behavior with tuna. The fish circles with its body turned sideways in the water column and the angler’s line straight up and down. Imagine an upside-down cone, with the boat at the pinnacle on the surface, which is the tip of the rod, and the fish swimming the diameter of the cone in the water column. To get out of this, try to position yourself above the fish, determine in which direction the fish is pinwheeling and spin the boat in the same direction, applying drag and pulling the fish up.