Re: line kick
Try using the least amount of power needed to get the job done. That 9' lever adds a lot more power than people give it credit for. If you use too little power the just poops-out on you. Too much power and all sorts of troubles can appear like tailing loops (wind knots), the bounce back you asked about earlier and other stuff.
You might be amazed at how far you can cast without horsing the rod.
I hope this helps.