Question About Setting Your Drag

Old 06-27-2014, 06:06 AM
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I'm sure this has been hashed out as many times as cat vs. mono, but I have a specific question that I haven't seen answered yet.

I've always been a "feel" drag setter. Pull some line, did it feel right, etc. I'm starting to get more serious about my fishing and I plan to use a spring scale to check my drags. I understand that I want 25-30% of the line rating as my strike drag. My question is this...

Do I pull straight off the reel (as in the Charkbait drag-setting video), or do I use the rod bend to apply pressure (which I have seen in every other video)?

Seems to me that each method would yield different results. What say you?

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Over a loaded rod. Normally do it a few times first, just to warm the drag
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i usually go for the second, apply pressure using rod bend and seems ok
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Yes, over a bent rod. Pull drag and have a friend rewind a half dozen times to warm the drag, as mentioned by WAtomcat.

I like strike drag at 33% of line test except for my light billfish rods, which get 7lbs whether the line is 20lb, 25lb or 30lb. [25lb line is a great compromise for white marlin...]

FWIW, almost everyone who pulls drag with their hand overestimates the amount of drag. Even my pro crew tend to overestimate the actual drag.


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