That seem the opposite of my experience. I had a 40-ish bluefin pulling drag on my newell r332 with 40 lbs topshot. I had the rod at about 30-45 degrees to horizon and couldn't really slow the fish down. This was with almost locked down drag or about 12 lbs or so. The deckhand took my rod, put less than a 1/4 turn on the star, pointed the rod at the fish and started to winch the fish in to get enough lines back for me to continue the fight. But you are correct. We should not be afraid to try other methods if they allow us to enjoy the experience more.