Please forgive my assumption about communication. You obviously know the lingo.
Regarding being occasionally outgunned, well that's just part of the deal. You rig yourself for your target and do your best when you hook on to something larger. I know that fishing salt is more of a crap shoot because there are all sorts of critters out there and you never really know what you may drag up but still, you fish a certain lure, place, tide, time, moon phase, etc to target a certain species.
I once caught an 8ish pound catfish will fishing for crappie. I was in a city park and the 35 minute 'fight' to get that thing close to shore drew quite a crowd of joggers and kids on bikes. I finally got him close and he rolled over so I thought he was spent and I tilted my rod back and behind me to slide him in so I could grab that big ol' mouth. Bad move. In that position, the rod offered no shock protection and the fish shook his head once and broke right off. Man it was fun though!