G, thank you for putting up a link to Karin’s article that actually works, which I appreciate that very much.
Yes, your article is a fly fishing piece but, this is a fixed line board and there are people who do catch bone fish on Tenkara rods and, apparently, enjoy the challenges they present.
I have tried doing the things Karin and Rob suggest doing (side pressure, changing direction, steering the fish away from obstructions, making the fish fight the current as well as the rod) and it is all helpful. And not just on big fish. If you want to use these tactics on big fish, we need to practice them all the time on all the fish that we catch.
And here, I would like to mention a technique Karin did not mention: Stripping fish in instead of hand-over-handing them in. In fly fishing stripping line in is used to by pass having to wind the line in on the reel. Since fixed line rods do not use reels, stripping line on Tenkara rods is equally useful in landing fish.
With a fly rod, the angler strips the line in from below his rod/line control hand. On a fixed line rod, the angler strips the line in from above his rod/line control hand, a full arm length at a time with the line being in full control the whole time, instead of making many hand-over-hand maneuvers that usually results in a lot of rod movement, which puts the rod and line in danger of getting tangled in trees and brush.
In stripping a fish in on a fixed line rod, there is no pressure placed on the rod at all once the angler has control on the line with his rod/line control hand, and you can strip the fish in right up to the bottom of your rod/line control hand for easy hook removal.
For the ultimate in line control and line safety, a Stripping Basket can also be put to good use. It also makes a handy place to put a fish, except that a flopping fish can get intangled in the line from time to time. But the line is usually not to hard to straighten out after removing the fish.
So, I guess what this amounts to is different strokes for different folks. Please do what you like and enjoy doing in your fishing. We are all out here to have fun.