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By Gary Poyssick

The best way to understand how the drag system works is to visualize what’s happening inside your reel. First of all, setting the drag properly means that you can pull line off the reel with your hand. It shouldn’t be so tight that you can hardly pull it, nor so loose that it comes off too easily.



The best bet is to set the drag a little loose, and then tighten it down if you sense the fish isn’t too big.



The run

If your drag is set properly, not too tight and not too loose, a big fish will often run with the lure or bait. Don’t turn the handle if the fish is taking line off the reel – you’ll only succeed in twisting the line. If the fish is running, let him run. You might have to steer them away from structure, but you shouldn’t ever “horse” a fish. Horsing a fish means putting too much pressure on him in an attempt to get them to the boat. Let them tire, and bring them gently to the side.



Fighting the fish

Fish will often run once or twice, and then settle down to a hard tugging contest. That’s the time to gain line. When they get close enough to see you or the boat for the first time, they’ll sometimes get a second wind and take off again. Just be patient, pumping when you can, and you’ll win your share of the battles you get into.

Alternative Points of View

http://www.capmel.com/drag_alternative.htm

What do you all think ?
 

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Doesn't look to shabby,Kozlow,but one thing was left out:


"Water preassure on line" if a fish is say,200yd into your spool,you have to think about this. When a fish gets to the point where it looks as though he may "dumpme" I'll back the drag off a tad..I know this sounds crazy,but it will save a breakoff,and possibly land the fish for you.. ;)

You would be surprised at how much tension is put on a line simply from water pressure..
 

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Great Point Drumdum . There is always something else that comes into play when trying to land those biggins besides hookin and reelin . :p
 

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DD you're right about line and water drag. When we were offshore we did a line drag test, let out about 200 yards of line with the boat at trolling speed, It'll bout pull you out of the boat.
 

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Another reason to reduce Drag as You lose line, is that when the spool gets down below half full, the geometric relationships begin to change rapidly.

As the spool diameter decreases, the effort needed to rotate the spool against the drag, increases.

Couple this with the resistance of the line in the water, and the amount of drag, at the terminal end of the line, can easily triple.
 

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DD,
You're right about the extra drag caused by water. That's why it's ok to have a light drag when fighting kings.

SMB,
Another good point. Everol big game lever-drag reels have their drag labeled at each notch with three numbers: drag at full, half, and nearly stripped spool (which correspond to marks on the spool). This makes it easy to set the drag correctly and adjust through the fight.
 

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Up before dawn on most days DD . I think I beat you here today .:p
 
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