First, you should have a good foundation. For the most part, we’ll target sailfish using 20- and 30-pound-class tackle and ballyhoo rigged with circle hooks, but these same angling principles also apply to a wide variety of other species, including any species of small marlin, tuna, mahi and others. When you have a bite, or a fish is approaching a bait in the spread, you should be able to grab the correct rod, go into free-spool, and execute a good drop-back. Watch the line: If it leaves the rod tip in loose waves, you’re fine, but if it comes off the tip in a straight line to the bait, apply less pressure to the line. Start with a four- or five-count drop-back, but pay attention, and soon you’ll know when to lock up a little sooner on an aggressive fish or a little later with a lazy bite. Then slide the drag lever up smoothly rather than slamming it forward, as this will help the circle hook settle in the corner of the fish’s mouth as it swims away.