After reading this I feel like I need more education under my belt to be on this forumIf you are not using bent butt rods the swivels are useless and some people use small bent butts to fight standing in a harness but if all you will use are straight butt you don't need them.
I wonder if thats the same story I heard. Capt out of Gloucester? Rod broke and he somehow was able to splice the line mid fight to another rod. I dont recall the losing the fish part.So thankfully that wasn't my rod. I was fishing next to him that day and he fought one for 6-8 hours. Also, hes been fishing for quite some time so i have to assume his tackle was sized appropriately as well as his drag set at a reasonable setting. He said it wasn't mechanical failure in the reel it just layed over. Somehow he stripped the remaining backing off the rod and wound it on to another or spliced it together and continued to fight the fish. Then lost it at the boat.