"Tighten-Up," eh? Good term. It's exactly what I do.
I'm too old a dog to use a stripping basket.
As a consequence, I've developed some wonderfully bad habits to compensate for my line drifting away from me. I have an extremely violent double haul that pulls line off the water as well as loading the rod. I also judo chop the slack line off the water and uptide of me as it shoots out the guides. Lastly, I raise the rod high into the wind to get as much distance as possible (this also serves to simultaneously whip seaweed off the loop).
Young children should never be permitted to see me cast.