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Old 10-12-2020, 09:29 AM
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Default Drag setting while trolling

I've tried searching for my answer, but came up empty.
While trolling ballyhoo for mahi/wahoo, where is your drag lever set to while waiting for a bite?
Old 10-12-2020, 09:38 AM
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Same as any/all trolling - tight enough to not slip and maybe 2 lbs more.
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I keep the lever at a firm drag, maybe 4 to 5 lbs above the pull from the lure. Strike set at 18 lbs for all set ups.
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1/3 of line strength at strike. Where it actually sits while trolling depends on the target species. White marlin or sails on circles, for instance, get twisted in the clips and the drag just enough to prevent free spool. Tuna fishing it stays on strike.
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Thanks for the tips.
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I fish lures and dead bait rigged with a J hook at about 12lbs. If it's circle hook rigged, then just enough not to pull drag
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Rule #1. Too loose is better than too tight....you can always tighten the drag as line pays out, loosening it after a hook pull or break off, not so much....if thinking about hoo, sometimes their hits are so violent and if it is a larger spirited fish, they will dump alot of line, too tight a drag is a real bad thing in that situation, quickly clear other lines and stay tight on the fish
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25% of the line rating for all non bill-fishing. Less than that for bill fishing.
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Just enough where it’s not pulling off the reel.usually once we put the spread out a couple will be slowly pulling off just tighten the lever enough where no lines coming off.
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I fish 30# line and set it to 10lbs. I rig my bally w Super strong J hooks and they are thicker so I want the drag to be enough to set that hook at strike.
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i kind of disagree with some here. Loose drags lose fish. I want sharp hooks and decent drag so i get a good penetration with the hook set. This is for tuna fishing of course. i have mine set at 14 pounds while trolling then fight the fish at 18 pounds usually
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OK dumb question of the day....

How do you "measure" or "calibrate" the pounds? Pull the line off and if it feels like you're lifting a 14 pound weight, then it's set at 14 pounds?

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Originally Posted by China Rider View Post
OK dumb question of the day....

How do you "measure" or "calibrate" the pounds? Pull the line off and if it feels like you're lifting a 14 pound weight, then it's set at 14 pounds?

With a scale
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China Rider - Hook a scale to the swivel at the end of your line and give it an even pull then tighen or loosen your drag accordingly. Find a point on your reel (we use the"S" on strike) and use that as a constant were to put the drag lever when your fishing. We set ours at 1/3 the breaking strength of the line when meat fishing but go a lot lighter when billfishing.

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Originally Posted by bait crasher View Post
China Rider - Hook a scale to the swivel at the end of your line and give it an even pull then tighen or loosen your drag accordingly. Find a point on your reel (we use the"S" on strike) and use that as a constant were to put the drag lever when your fishing. We set ours at 1/3 the breaking strength of the line when meat fishing but go a lot lighter when billfishing.

If you want to get fancy you can use tape and mark each setting
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I do not use a scale or anything, But When trolling I like to set the drag tight enough that I know the hook will get set, But most fish can pull some line on initial hit. The first thinkgI do when I get to the real is to slightly tighten the drag so that I can work the fish in. This also will be around the same time the boat starts slowing to in gear idle speed.

Wahoo can hit violently, Why risk a break off.
Tuna have soft mouths, lets not tear hook out when the hit and are still green.

Once the boat is slowing and the fish is in fight mode, you can adjust drag as needed, All my reels are I have the drag strike point set to where I like fight them. Thus when trolling I am a little below the strike position, and do not worry about breaking them off when I tighten the drag to the preset strike position.

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First time ive heard tuna have soft mouths.

Charter boats in Oregon inlet set their rigger clips so tight when tuna fishing it sounds like a .22 when one pops
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Originally Posted by China Rider View Post
OK dumb question of the day....

How do you "measure" or "calibrate" the pounds? Pull the line off and if it feels like you're lifting a 14 pound weight, then it's set at 14 pounds?

I use a sash weight and with a full spool of line, it consistently allows the weight to remain touching the ground while drag creeps off. perhaps not the most scietific but havent lost a fish yet due to loose drags. In my case it is a 15pound wight attached to the swivel with a scrap pice of line

set it and forget it (until the next trip - if noone has any tencency to touch your reels on your boat)
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Originally Posted by ohfishalee View Post
I use a sash weight and with a full spool of line, it consistently allows the weight to remain touching the ground while drag creeps off. perhaps not the most scietific but havent lost a fish yet due to loose drags. In my case it is a 15pound wight attached to the swivel with a scrap pice of line

set it and forget it (until the next trip - if noone has any tencency to touch your reels on your boat)
I use a lighter sash weight setting all mine for the bay. It is consistent.

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