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Old 04-26-2006, 05:12 PM
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I read a lot about people setting drags at specific lbs etc. Does everybody have one of those drag tester but me? I have never seen anybody actually use one before. Do they work? Which one is the best? Are they worth the money? Since I have never seen one on a boat I can only assume that other people set there drags the same way I do, I grab the line and pull dependent on what sort of fish I am trying to catch I may tighten it down pretty hard (If going for Permit or Cobia) to where I can bairly pull it out or I may leave it somewhat looser (Red Fish, Snook). How do other people set their drags? Just for reference I am primarily using inshore tackle, spinning rods, BG-30, Stradic 4000 etc.
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Old 04-26-2006, 05:34 PM
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bzalmano, i fish offshore mostly and use a drag scale when targeting marlin, swordfish, big tuna and wahoo. I am fishing with 80lb line. I use a drag scale, nothing fancy, one of those spring scales. I think the mfg is chantilon (something like that).
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Old 04-26-2006, 05:34 PM
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For small spinning gear I use the pull it off the spool test. Its easy enough to tighten or loosen while your hooked up. For the offshore stuff I use a 5 gallon bucket, Marked off at 1 gallon intervals. With 3 gallons in the bucket, hookup the snap swivel to the handle. When you can just about pick it up, youre at 25 lbs.
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Old 04-26-2006, 05:45 PM
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I use a spring scale if I set them at home or a Boga grip if I am on the boat. I usually set the drag for bigger rods at 1/3 the lines breaking strength or in the ball park of 1/3 the rods rating if I am using braid. Inshore I am usual a lot lighter than the 1/3 rule. You should try and measure your drag setting sometime. If you have never done it you will be surprized...

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Old 04-26-2006, 05:52 PM
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I use a spring scale as well. I bought several on Ebay and gave them to my buddies. They were inexpensive and they work.
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Old 04-26-2006, 05:58 PM
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After a while you get the feel for the proper drag set and can do it just by pulling on strike position.
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Old 04-26-2006, 09:53 PM
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I use a spring scale too, the same one that I use for weighing fish. Just warm the drag washers up a little before setting the drag.
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Old 04-26-2006, 11:46 PM
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Set the drags at 1/3 the rated line test. As line gets pulled off the spool, the drag pressue actually increases. The diameter of a full spool is bigger than a half empty spool. It takes more pressure to rotate the smaller diameter. If you set the drag at close to the line test, a fish that runs off half the spool will break the line.
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Old 04-27-2006, 10:15 AM
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pull test, over time you will be able to estmate within a pound of drag
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Old 04-27-2006, 10:20 AM
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I usually use a spring scale as well. Put the rod in a holder (or have someone hold it) so you are pulling drag with the rod tip up (as you would when fighting a fish). Attach the scale and pull down very quickly. Repeat the process several times, as the first reading can be off until your drag warms up a little.
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Old 04-27-2006, 10:20 AM
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Thanks for the advice maybe I will try using my Boga to get an idea of what I have them set to.
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