I'll tell you what happens when you hook a big fish in the Yak. I got one 39" a couple years back. You get a ride :eyecrazy:
Seriously, hold the rod parallel to the water and perpendicular to the bow-stern line. Use your legs to swing the boat bow toward the fish and hang on. The only disadvantage is the reel doesn't scream as much when you go into tow mode.
Blues over 8lbs tend to sound and that presents other problems, but stripes are a blast in the yak.