Phil, my short answer is...."it depends".
It depends on what I'm fishing for, the mood I'm in, who I'm with, how the day is going.....
At the "player" end of the spectrum....like on shallow water rockfish, it's always just messing around.
But on a wide-open tuna bite, it's usually yard 'em in as fast as humanly possible for the given gear.
Totally agree with Mark.....BUT...I have to add....The older I get, I guess the more I dance....Only out of respect as to what I'm doing, and how long I've done it! :cheers:
And everything in-between. So no one answer.