Just to not another difference may the be the sit on top/sit inside deal. The Pungo, I've been using has excellent secondary stability and does not require as much of a lean. I'm not knocking the sot's, there's times I wish for one, just pointing out a difference. Boga sounds like a good solution. FWIW - I usually run 25 or 30lb floro - grab the leader, place the rod in the yak pointing back under my arm or over the shoulder to give some slack and then get the other hand on the mouth.
Hey, if you didn't go swimming I call that a huge success.
Way to Go!