]Yes, I didn't have my thumb on the spool because the fish was in handwith slack line out, there was no reason to have my thumb on it.
The first rule on my boat , when the fish comes over the rail ,put it in free spool with the clicker on.
Free spool reduces the chance of setting a hook in someone's hand, clicker reduces the chance of a backlash.
NEVER LEAVE A REEL IN FREESPOOL WITHOUT MANAGING THE SPOOL,PERIOD.
De-hook, clear the line, bleed out then bait up again! Mike runs a tight ship.