Stand-up fishing is not without its caveats. You have to set limits for yourself and your gear. For example, most anglers should stay under 22 pounds of reel drag for safety. If you think you can handle more, tie the line to an immobile object and try keeping the pressure on the bowed rod for 15 minutes while squatting slightly forward with your knees bent, similar to a downhill skier. You’ll probably end up choosing even less drag. Remember, you want to be pulling on the fish, not the other way around. And you don’t want to go flying across the boat if the line breaks.