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question about setting drag #8923263 05/12/13 05:46 AM
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OK how do y'all set your drag I've heard to leave it loose so the fish runs with it and swallows it I've also heard to have it tight so the fish pulls and hooks him self I would appreciate any insight.

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Re: question about setting drag [Re: chris4x4] #8923303 05/12/13 07:17 AM
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A good starting point is to put your rod in a rod holder, aim it almost straight up and start pulling line. Adjust the drag so the rod bends when line comes out.

If you're using braided line, you can really tighten down the drag and let the rod bend do it's job.

I know there's a general rule of thumb something like, adjust your drag to x% of the line lb test, I don't have that number off the top of my head, sorry. lol..

Re: question about setting drag [Re: chris4x4] #8923441 05/12/13 12:10 PM
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I use 25.# mainline and usually have the drags tightened all the way down using circle hooks.


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Tug o war mono by team catfish and lock the drag down.

Re: question about setting drag [Re: chris4x4] #8923472 05/12/13 12:29 PM
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I have mine set to about 5lbs of drag. I can always tighten if necessary.

Re: question about setting drag [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish] #8923725 05/12/13 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted By: tgravley aka stinkbait tom
I use 25.# mainline and usually have the drags tightened all the way down using circle hooks.


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Re: question about setting drag [Re: chris4x4] #8923754 05/12/13 03:00 PM
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If you are flathead fishing from the bank you want your drag loose so the fish feels no tension....or use a baitfeeser spinning reel that has a double drag setup


Re: question about setting drag [Re: chris4x4] #8923779 05/12/13 03:11 PM
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OK thanks for the info ill just leave them set with tension on them

Re: question about setting drag [Re: chris4x4] #8923791 05/12/13 03:16 PM
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A flathead will load up a rod and hook himself with circle hooks, just like blues will.

I have all my drags tightened all the way, like tom said. If the fish feels 20+ I'll back the drag off a little if I think I need to. Abu's will release drag with 30lb line, even when it's tightened all the way down.

Re: question about setting drag [Re: chris4x4] #8923802 05/12/13 03:19 PM
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Depends on the line weight you are using, I set the drag on mine to where I know it will pull drag before the line breaks.


Re: question about setting drag [Re: chris4x4] #8923972 05/12/13 04:16 PM
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Yea I've got 50lbs braided and abus

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Originally Posted By: Blues
A flathead will load up a rod and hook himself with circle hooks, just like blues will.

I have all my drags tightened all the way, like tom said. If the fish feels 20+ I'll back the drag off a little if I think I need to. Abu's will release drag with 30lb line, even when it's tightened all the way down.

Not all the time....


Re: question about setting drag [Re: chris4x4] #8924777 05/12/13 10:50 PM
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Braid digs in...especially if you get hung up and try to pull it loose. I use the clicker with loose drag when fishing a bunch of rods at once, or night fishing. I would rather lose a fish than lose a rod...and you can always tighten down on them once you secure your rod in hand. My .02.

Re: question about setting drag [Re: chris4x4] #8924838 05/12/13 11:14 PM
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I have my drag set so that if a big one hits it can pull some drag till I get there. You can always tighten up during the fight. I don't want to break a rod or tear up any gear. Just my 2cents.


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Re: question about setting drag [Re: chris4x4] #8925117 05/13/13 12:53 AM
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Yea I had it dig in bad yesterday when I hung up but there ain't much you can do

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