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Old 05-21-2011, 10:14 AM
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How is this done by most? I put the rod/reel in a leaning post rodholder at about shoulder level and pull down with a spring scale simulating a fish, pulling line all the way down. I then check the "memory" on the spring scale. Repeat a few times. I do this at strike only. For my Tyrnos 20's with Momoi Hi Catch 20lb test i set it at 10lbs at strike. For my Tyrnos 30's with Momoi Hi Catch 30lb test i set it at around 14lbs at strike. Tyrnos rates their drags for both of these reels as 16lbs strike and 33lbs at full.

Comments or suggestions? I know the line is probably a bit light but whats done is done.
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:32 AM
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That's as goos a way as any, but 50% of line test at strike is way too much - 1/3 is about right for regular line (ie - 10 lbs of drag on 30 lb Momoi) and 1/4 for IGFA line (ie - 7.5 lbs of drag on 30 lb IGFA line).
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:34 PM
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Sounds like your doing it the way I do.. But like mentioned above 1/3 the line rating at strike..
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Old 05-22-2011, 03:38 AM
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I do mine in similar. I put the rod in the gunwale pull out line 30' behind the boat. Push to strike then walk away with the scale and watch. With the boat on the trailer this is the same angle. I use 1/4 of the breaking strength for strike because my sunset doubles the drag# at full spool. At half spool it will be close to the breaking strength at full and 50% at strike. The fish that pull this much line are common enough to heed to this method where I fish. If they were not I'd use lighter gear till they were
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