With a little help from a few of my expert fishing friends, here are a handful of my fishing pet peeves, learned the hard way and in no particular order of importance. Poorly tied knots: Spying that little pig’s tail where your lure or rig once was has made many a grown angler cry. Learn a handful of proven knots, one or two for each situation and/or specific lure (e.g. braid, mono, topwater, vertical jigging, etc.). Practice them so you can tie them well, even on a rolling deck. Fooling with the drag: Stop it already; let the reel’s drag do its job. Smart engineers sweated for years so you can land big fish on lightweight reels. If the fish wants to run, let it run. Quickly cranking the drag down all the way, especially when the fish first takes off fast or still “green,” is a recipe for disaster. “If anything, an angler should lighten up on drag a little as a big fish gets closer to the boat,” advises pro guide Captain Kevin Josenhans. Slack in the line: I’ve seen this enough times to believe, along with too much pressure, a slack line, even for a moment, is surefire way to lose a trophy fish. Always maintain tension in line to prevent the fish spitting a lightly or poorly ho...