Finally, I look at which drag settings I use. My choice of drag settings is a function of the line weight I’m fishing with, but generally I will set the drag at one-third the breaking strain of the line. Therefore, on 37-kilogram (80-pound) line, I am using 12 kilograms (26 pounds) of drag on the strike. I know that many captains and anglers prefer to use light drag settings, and they do quite well with that approach. But I like to make sure that when the marlin eats the lure, it’s either hooked straight away or the lure is pulled away from the fish but remains inside the spread, giving me the chance to get another shot at a second bite. My time on the water, especially in fisheries like Cape Verde, where there are large numbers of fish to experiment on, taught me that a hard drag, combined with a hard release system, maximizes the small window of opportunity we get to hook a fish on a lure.