Max Drag On Reels
Posted January 22 2012 - 10:40 PM
Posted January 22 2012 - 11:02 PM
ps: The drag is meant to protect the line and reel from damage. I do not recommend forcing the crank to test the drag or else you may do damage to gears etc.
Posted January 23 2012 - 03:45 AM
I have an Avet MXJ b/c max drag of 19, I can stop a good sized fish in it's tracks providing the line is strong enough not to break. Using my Penn conquer max drag of 32 or my Soron 60 max drag of 30 which are spinning reels, couldn't come close to stopping the same fish. This not a theory......, it has happened very often.
I believe in knowing how to use your drag properly is a much better recipe in landing fish than have a reel with a strong max drag.
Posted January 23 2012 - 10:46 AM
Posted January 24 2012 - 11:06 AM
My drag is generally set at 2-3lbs, but never more than 4 lbs.
I crank it tight when flipping/pitching on my baitcast reel
I will change my drag depending on the line I'm using mainly (ie light drag breaking on a hookset I will soften the drag)
Posted January 24 2012 - 11:32 AM
Posted January 25 2012 - 01:05 PM
Posted January 26 2012 - 07:58 PM
drag material also has alot to do with it. some reels may put out a ton of drag but how much of it is smooth/usable? I will take a reel with 12lbs of silky smooth drag over a reel with 20lbs of herky jerky drag. I have lost many fish due to poor drags that would not start up smooth. carbontex is my favorite material(especially when coated with cals drag grease) and seems to last the longest.
Posted January 27 2012 - 07:57 AM
Posted January 27 2012 - 09:44 AM
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