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Old 12-12-2005, 08:35 AM
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My freinds and I have been having a long standing debate as to whether the clicker should be on after a fish has hit. They insist that keeping the clicker on when letting out line or fighting the fish damages the reel. I maintain that it doesn't matter. Personally I prefer to fight fish with the clicker on. What's your opinion? Perhaps Alantani could clear this up once and for all.
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Old 12-12-2005, 08:50 AM
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Personally, after the fish has settled we turn our clickers off. They can get agravating after awhile. Not sure if any damage is being done but I am sure the clicker, spring etc will wear faster if the clicker is used all the time.
One method we do employ on my boat is that when the fish gets close, say the wind on leader is at hand or the fish is within 15-20ft of the boat, the angler then turns on the clicker letting all on the boat know that his fish is almost within range of the gaff, net etc.
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Old 12-12-2005, 08:54 AM
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the clikcker lets the captain know what is happening.
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The clicker's an alarm to let you know a fish is on an unattended rod. When I pick up the rod, I turn the clicker off. It's annoying, and adds to the drag, to, IMO.
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Old 12-12-2005, 08:58 AM
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Team FishDancer uses Shimano Trinidads and Speedmasters along the SKA trail, in search of king mackerel. As it is just my wife and I fishing, we keep the clickers on as an aid to better understand what is happening with the fish. If I hear the line being stripped off, or if I hear quiet, I know what the status of the fight is. We have some Speedmasters we have been using since 1998 without any issues keeping the clickers on - the Trinidads are now going into their 4th season without any issues.

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Old 12-12-2005, 09:06 AM
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Shimano TLD 15 clickers seem to break if you fight 1 king mackeral with the clicker on. we always turn them off right after the strike.
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Just what I thought. I prefer them on for the same reason as Fishdancer and Schoolsout. But it seems to be one of these never ending debates. I've never had an issue with a reel using the clicker the way I do.
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There are definitely two different schools of thought here. Personally, when I'm angling I like to switch the clicker off. I think it's aggravating to hear the ratchet sound as I'm winding on the fish. I don't want it and I don't need it. When working the deck I like to have the clicker off too BUT sometimes the man at the wheel will prefer having the clicker on so that he will know whether line is coming on or off the reel, or whether we have a stalemate. Not all skippers rely on the clicker to keep them in touch with the fight, some don't like the sound either (!!!) and if they have a good view of the angler, rod and reel, they can tell what is happening without the clicker- by looking at the rod bend, the reel spool and what the angler is doing. But, if the skipper feels that having the clicker engaged is of assistance to him then it's better the clicker be kept on because the skipper's role in keeping the line tight and driving on a fish is vital in fighting a big fish.

If the clicker is kept on the risk of accidental backlash is also (albeit slightly) lessened.

When the fish gets close to the boat I prefer to do as Fullhouse does - put the clicker on so that everyone will be instantly on the alert if the fish makes a sudden run.

I don't think leaving a clicker on during the fight will damage the reel but I can believe your clicker is likely to wear out somewhat sooner- not really a big issue if you can find the parts.
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Turn the clicker off. Leaving it on really doesn't do any harm....BUT LEAVING IT ON ISKINDA LIKE TYPING IN ALL CAPS....
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I always thought that leaving the clicker on while retrieving line was like using a spinning reel on top of the rod.
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rogerstg - 12/12/2005 11:54 AM

I always thought that leaving the clicker on while retrieving line was like using a spinning reel on top of the rod.
Yeah...like THAT..............turn it off...it's irritating...

grew up fishing piers in S.Fl......only..."tourists" did stuff like that........to us a "tourist' was a complete novice..or idiot as the case may be..........
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Clickers on on while trolling and setting out the spread. While retrieving or fighting a fish, theyre off.
 
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Turn the clicker off after the hookup unless you want to replcae clickers all the time.
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HOTSPOT - 12/12/2005 12:09 PM

Turn the clicker off after the hookup unless you want to replcae clickers all the time.
I've never replaced a clicker.
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I have replaced clickers on every 113 I've owned because they didn't get turned off Once someone is on the rod I will turn it off if it hasn't been done yet. This is the way I do it on my boat What you do on yours is the way YOU want
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hmmm. well, this is one of those questions that will bring out some rational debate (to say the least). but i have to state the obvious--not enough info.

it depends entirely on the angling situation. for instance, as jeff and school stated, for the specific purpose of tournament kingfishing, the skipper needs to know what a fish is doing, in order to keep the vessel positioned properly. this is true for most line peeling pelagics as well. if you turn off a clicker on one of my reels when we are trolling for wahoo, for instance, your next turn on the reel might be 'accidentally' forgotten. skipper knows best. i think you'd find that most big game charters feel the same way. the captain and crew needs to know what a fish is doing, and the sound/speed of the clicker is the best way. fishing for smoker kingfish, trophy ono, ahi, or other big game in a smaller boat has its nuiances as well. more times than not, a fish is fought from the bow, (micha at age 7 caught an IGFA world record tuna in 2004 using these techniques, including letting the captain know where his fish was and where to put the boat by keeping the clicker on). landing a 30 or 40 or even a 70 pound fish on 12 or 16 or 20 lb tackle requires an almost telepathic connection between fish and angler and skipper--all working without needing to spend extra time conveying directions verbally. that lag time could easily cost a trophy fish.

as a matter of history... the clicker was developed as a 'bait clicker', so you could leave your reel in freespool and a fish could take the bait with enough tension to keep the reel from knotting up, but still allowing a feeding fish to take the bait without feeling too much tension. i cant remember who put the first patent on it. without checking, i'd just be guessing.

as far as adding drag. no. not really. the basic clicker is a simple tooth, spring and sprocket mechanism and is not in any way relative to drag. the only real measureable force that could be considered is break away force, to engage the first 'click'. while some reels may have a 'stiffer' clicker than others, the ammount of negative force is nearly immeasureable. we measure our drags with digital scales, and have never been able to calculate a discernable difference with or without clickers. and on our lite rods, we will use as little as 1.5 lbs of drag.

but, as i stated, there is no cut and dry answer. if we are digging for big groupers over a wreck, or jigging for AJs around a rig or light line'ing for snapper in a chum line, and you leave the clicker on, if i dont smak you in the back of the head, one of my kids will!

ever wonder why all spinning reels have the 'clicker' built-in, with no 'off' position? i dunno. never been able to find any research on that one. (and the ONLY clickers i have ever replaced were on spinning reels)

the all caps and spinning reel comments are indeed comical, but if your experiences take you to a situation that warrants the use of a clicker, i recommend going with the flow. there's a lot of fishing and techniques that you might have yet to enjoy, and being willing to keep an educated, open mind might make you a better angler.


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Evernic, I guess that makes me a novice and idiot tourist then?
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Turn the clicker off after the hookup unless you want to replcae clickers all the time.
I've never replaced a clicker.
Well, you dont fish enough ! Everyone should replace their clicker at some time or another.
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Got salt, very well spoken!
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I've never replaced a clicker either and I fish year round, at least 40 trips a year mainly for Blue marlin, Sailfish and Tuna. Does that qualify as enough?
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