Re: cardinal sin
Yes, on the end of the C-town Breachway when a heavy surf with gunk in the corner made landing somewhere between scary and impossible. I let the fish swim west for nearly a whole spool then went to the shore to recover the line. It worked that time, but I dislike giving line. I don't recall the size, except that it was a "point fish", say over 20. If a bass has gulped an eel and is gut hooked, you probably would get away with it regularly. Gut hooking was back when I was a youngie, when hat visors were worn in the front.