On the plus side for lower gear ratios, catch a fish and the adrenaline starts flowing, the adrenaline starts flowing the reel handle starts moving faster, the reel handle starts moving faster and the speed of the bait becomes faster, the speed of the bait becomes faster, the fish you were catching at a slow speed may now want your bait.
rodney: you have a point. on the other hand, that adrenaline rush is something that needs to be managed. think about how often that might get in the way of completing a catch. contributing to mistakes in playing, landing...
from the moment that fish is hooked if all you are thinking about is 'get in the boat NOW!!!' or acting like a spaz (iaconelli), consider how much more you up the odds for a mistake.
stupid little things like:
not having drag set properly
trying to swing a green fish over the side
trying to swing a fish over the side at all...
what other things have been missed? did you check line for knicks, frays? retie? check hook sharpness? what else are you missing?
success is a habit.