The overall goal of fighting a fish is to apply sideways pressure and to use your rod to feather and maneuver the fish against the direction they want to swim, eventually leading them to your net/hand. If only it happened that simply every time. Alas, it doesn't always play out exactly as we hope. Sometimes fish are unpredictable, but also the angler can make a mistake. And that's okay. To be a true angler, you need to experience the heartbreak of losing a big fish. It comes with the territory. So if you want to stack the odds in your favor, here are some techniques at your disposal to help you seal the deal more often.