Can you help me think about this more. I've been tinkering with the drag on my 16 VISX with #100 Pro Spec. I filled a bucket with just about 25 lbs of water and set my drag to slip at strike right at that, both with the rod on a rail (second story balcony) and at a direct pull. It felt like a lot to handle. I tried walking back and forth a few feet and obviously a bucket isn't the same as a swimming fish, but in close quarters night time combat fishing when you may have 4 or 5 people or more hooked up at once, it kind of seems like it'd be a good idea to let the fish run a little and get cleared out from all of the lines. It felt like at 25 lbs a big fish could be really pulling me around and it'd be hard to lift the rod or get it out of tangles. I messed around with the water in the bucket and the drag. I think it felt the most comfortable and reasonable with strike set at 21 lbs. I had the adjustable strike stop at the #3 position and that was right around 25-26 lbs. But here's the thing. At full stop, I only had about 34-35 lbs of drag. And that worries me a little, especially since the reel has 45 lbs of drag to work with. I'm leaving about 10 pounds of drag on the table and I am not sure if I will be able to lift a 200 pound fish when it's doing circles right at the boat with the reel maxed out at 35 lbs . What are your experiences? Will really appreciate your input and suggestions. Thanks.