Actually, I pull in the same direction that the fish is pulling, and I tend to catch even the big ones easily and quickly. You can try both methods (I have never tried pulling opposite the fish...I'm going to go play some OoT now), but I have had a lot of success with mine.Do what the Fisherman tells you to do. When the fish jumps let go but not when it is really close and just jumping. I pull in the opposite direction of the fish's movement so that there is the most tension. The big fish is by the log so get fishing.