Also, I noticed, straight out of the box, in free spool, it only spends like 5 seconds and not the 1+ minute that you see people showing on YouTube videos.
I assume you mean "spins"? Look at the right sideplate. The golden knob that says "PENN" on it is your spool tension adjustment. Turn it slightly counterclockwise to reduce the spool tension - try about 1/4 turn at a time until you hit just the right level. If you loosen it too much, the spool will have excessive side-to-side play and your line can get caught in the sideplate.
As far as drag setting goes, spool it up and mount it on the rod you'll use. Tie the end of the line to something solid, like your truck's bumper hitch, then slowly back away. Tighten the drag down slowly until you're at the maximum pressure you want applied. For shark fishing, you can have your drag buckled down pretty tight.
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