I use scotty's releases. There are two different tension settings. I use the looser setting and bury the line all the way into the pad for all lures and depths. The only time I use the heavy setting is if I am pulling paddles deep. I feel you are better off with a release that will trip with bigger fish but might need to assist smaller fish with the release. I think the fish get a better hook set if they gotta tug a bit against the release. I also set my rods nearly horizontal to the water and cinch them tight enough so most of the bow is out of the line. The Scotty's have a 12" leader that helps you see shakers better. I have used blacks in the past and they do work well, but I think the Scotty's are a little easier on the line and easier to set.