If an angler's drag is too tight, or if he sets the hook too hard, he can lose a fish—and 100 points—at the hookup. Barbless hooks are used so that the fish can be released relatively unharmed, which, in turn, makes the fishing even more difficult: if given the slightest slack, a fish can throw the hook with a toss of its head.
Atlantic sails seldom run over 100 pounds and average about 40. Unlike most tournaments, in the Masters it is to the angler's advantage to hook up with a smaller fish which can be landed in less time. Even the most skilled angler can end up in the minus pool if it is his bad luck to continually hook up with big fish. The angler's prayer in the Masters is for the little one that doesn't set away.