Glad the reel is working for you and you feel you are heading in the right direction. Holding the bouncing reel can be tiresome (and can result in unintentional dumping of gas) so I have a big loop of stretchy rubber (bungee would work) on mine I can hold whilst the reel jumps about in front of me. That loop also help stow the SMB when not in use. Another safety option to consider, to improve SMB visibility to the skipper, is catching a weighty crab (2kg+ seems optimal) to stow in the goody bag, and hang from the reel. This helps the SMB stay upright, rather than lying flat on the water..