The lures, baits, and tactics used when trolling offshore for tuna, marlin, and wahoo may vary widely, but once these species strike, there’s one key element that gets them to the boat: Don’t stop reeling. It’s a big mistake to crank down and then start pumping the rod or resting. Early on, it’s your job to pick up as much slack as possible between you and the fish. Because of the boat’s forward momentum, these fish tend to dump 100 or more yards of line after the hit. With that much line out, even slowing for a few seconds can cost you a trophy, because if it swims toward the boat, you may not be able to regain that slack fast enough to stay tight. You can pump and rest once the fish gets closer to the boat, which is good because you’ll be tired from all that hard reeling. —J.C.