The endgame should find the fish settled and within a hundred yards of the boat, then the angler moves back into the cockpit. The final 100 feet are the most crucial. I’ll often engage the autopilot to hold a straight course, and put just one outboard in gear. This keeps the fish swimming toward the angler, who is pumping and winding it closer. I’ll adjust the speed and direction of the boat if necessary. When the leader is taken, or gaff sunk (tuna, big dolphin, wahoo), the angler should back halfway off the drag to prevent a pulled hook or broken line if the fish surges. Should that occur, wait until the fish settles, then advance the drag to the fighting pressure, and repeat the steps above until the fish is fully subdued.