Most of the time, I drift fish from a kayak and my rods are right in front of me, so I haven't felt the need for using the bait clickers on any of my three Abu's. But, this past weekend, I fished with friends on part of the Brazos River in Texas. The river below Waco is narrow right now because of drought. We were fishing about 30 miles downstream near Marlin. We paddled our kayaks down about 4 miles from the launch site, then set up camp on a big sand and gravel bar and fished from it. My friend who put together the trip fishes the river often. I asked him about using his bait clicker on his Penn 209's. He said he doesn't on the river as there isn't much room for a catfish to run before it gets into structure. He also snubbs his drag down pretty tight, calling it a hook-em or lose 'em strategy. Of course, he uses Power Pro 65lb test with 80 lb leaders too...mainly because he wants to catch big gar. I know when he is mainly gar fishing, he'll let them run before setting the hook, using his bait clicker. Catfish in the part of the Brazos we were fishing include up to 20 lb flatheads, good sized blues and plenty of 5-7 lb channels. No flatheads this trip, though we did manage a couple of nice 8 lb blues plus several 3-4 lb channels. But, back to the question, when should I use the bait clickers on my reels? Is my friend right about not using the clicker and snubbing up the drag in tight river areas with heavy structure? I'm pretty much a close line watcher, with that in mind, do I really need the clickers engaged?