▶ It's virtually impossible to brake a fish that's charging straight away from the boat, so don't even try. When the tuna eventually does stop, reel hard to keep the stalemates to a minimum--line should be either coming into the reel or leaving the reel at all times. If the fish sounds and seems to be brooding in the depths, you're on the losing side of the argument and simply allowing more time for the hook to work its way free. Typically, the fish will have a couple of strong runs in it before heading for the bottom, which is where the real fun--and battle of wills--begins. The key words now are: lift and reel, lift and reel, lift and reel. Say it out loud if necessary. There will be times when the fish will giveth and then taketh back again, but be confident that once it starts circling deep, the fight is drawing to a close. Proper form is important. Always stay square to the fish with your knees pointed right at him.