The rod’s power curve is within the range of around 110 to 150 degrees. This is where the rod is loaded, with a nice bend in it. However, one mistake that even experienced anglers occasionally make is allowing the rod to unload at the top of the pump-and-wind stroke that we all use. After about 150 degrees at the top of the range, the rod unloads and the tip goes near-vertical. It’s at this point that you’ve not only lost the leverage on the fish but also will most likely give it slack line as you drop the rod and begin the next crank. It’s called “high-sticking.” To avoid this, just watch the rod tip and don’t let it go too high — stop the upstroke and crank down instead. Even better, when the opportunity presents itself, just hold the rod in a nice loaded position and wind without lifting the rod at all. You’ll regain line considerably faster without giving the fish any slack. This really helps when the fish is making a crazy run and you have to pick up line in a hurry. Don’t try to pump, just reel like mad.