Some of you guys may have already figured this out, but I just discovered it this weekend. I couldn't find a post about it, so thought I would put it up. I'm not a fan of spinning reels, so my topwaters are thrown on conventional reels - Shimano Toriums to be specific. I know there have been some bad reports on them, but until mine fail, I'm not going to give in to my tackle whore nature and buy new equipment. Here's what I discovered this weekend. When casting, I normally just thumb the spool, load the reel and let it fly. Due to the weight of offshore poppers, I was limited to a degree on the power I could put in to loading the rod while casting. Just by chance, I tried putting my other thumb on the line at the portion of the grip above the reel. Having 2 points of pressure really made it easier for me to cast at full power. I've tried gloves and don't feel the outgoing cast as well. This method kept my bare fingers in good shape while casting 50 pound mono.