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Why do people pull line out of their reels when fighting fish?

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While they're fighting fish, some people use their fingers to pull line out of their reels. I've seen musky and bass guys do it with casting and spinning gear. What's the purpose?

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Seems overly dramatic to me.

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All the cool kids are doing it! ūüėé

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They are checking their drag to see how easy it slips. 

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Seems unnecessary to me.  That's what the drag is for.

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Paul Elias will push the thumb bar & use his thumb for drag. Quite a few crankbait guys do that but they're not "pulling line".

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Most anglers don't set their drags using a scale, they tighten it down to where they feel it's tight enough and doesn't slip under most of the fishing they do. So two things change that, 1) is a big fish that can break off with the drag set too high and 2) is a fish hooked lightly and can tear loose if the drag is set too high. Both these situations require a fast drag adjustment or the angler starts pulling line off the reel to prevent loosing the fish. 

I set my drags st 1/3rd the pound test for monofilament line or 8 lbs max for heavy lb test line like braid. Then use my thumb if needed to add more force. 

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I set my drag "tight" by all standards, but with a big fish I'll click the bail and thumb out some line, then proceed to reel. That's on a baitcaster

 

Spinning reel I like to hear that reel scream! 

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2 minutes ago, NittyGrittyBoy said:

Spinning reel I like to hear that reel scream! 

Is there any better sound than a screaming spinning reel drag?????

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56 minutes ago, J Francho said:

Seems overly dramatic to me.

I'm assuming that's why Mike Iaconelli pulls line out on EVERY fish he catches......

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7 minutes ago, Steveo-1969 said:

I'm assuming that's why Mike Iaconelli pulls line out on EVERY fish he catches......

All you hear is Ike screaming giant bass giant bass....running from one end of the boat to the other, talk about drama! 

Set your drag and trust it, you paid a lot of money for it.

Tom

 

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1 hour ago, Troy1985s said:

Is there any better sound than a screaming spinning reel drag?????

Nope, probably not. 

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Old habit, or some mental peace of mind thing, but totally unnecessary and potentially detrimental...

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1 hour ago, Troy1985s said:

Is there any better sound than a screaming spinning reel drag?????

Nope. Might be the best sound in the world.

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5 minutes ago, Glaucus said:

Nope. Might be the best sound in the world.

So you all pull line off your reel to hear it scream?

Big Smallmouth might be able to run 20' to 30' pulling drag, not a LMB they turn directions too often to pull line off a reel drag. Try hooking fish that can run a few hundred yards at high speed if you want to hear a screaming drag.

Tom

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6 minutes ago, WRB said:

So you all pull line off your reel to hear it scream?

Big Smallmouth might be able to run 20' to 30' pulling drag, not a LMB they turn directions too often to pull line off a reel drag. Try hooking fish that can run a few hundred yards at high speed if you want to hear a screaming drag.

Tom

Sometimes I do on a slow day  just to mess with my brother. Other than that, it’s usually the fish that’s making it scream. We have great offshore fishing near most of the oil platforms down here, plenty of fish around those to make your drag scream.

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3 minutes ago, WRB said:

So you all pull line off your reel to hear it scream?

Big Smallmouth might be able to run 20' to 30' pulling drag, not a LMB they turn directions too often to pull line off a reel drag. Try hooking fish that can run a few hundred yards at high speed if you want to hear a screaming drag.

Tom

I've big largemouth pull drag, but you're right, not really far, and they do change direction a lot.  Smallies rarely pull drag, unless they're really big, like as heavy as the line test you're using.  King salmon will strip a 100 yards or so of line on their *first* run.  Nothing stops them. 

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15 minutes ago, WRB said:

So you all pull line off your reel to hear it scream?

Big Smallmouth might be able to run 20' to 30' pulling drag, not a LMB they turn directions too often to pull line off a reel drag.

Light tackle striper fishing,  salmon in  heavy current

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2 hours ago, Troy1985s said:

Is there any better sound than a screaming spinning reel drag?????

For me it’s a toss between the spinning reel and fly reel screaming

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2 hours ago, Troy1985s said:

Is there any better sound than a screaming spinning reel drag?????

Hearing the spinning reel drag scream with a big saltwater fish is one of my favorite sounds. Also like the sound a old Penn Senator makes when a big shark takes the bait. Beats catching a bass that's for sure!

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From my perspective, because they don't know how to back-reel...

 

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2 hours ago, WRB said:

All you hear is Ike screaming giant bass giant bass....running from one end of the boat to the other, talk about drama! 

Set your drag and trust it, you paid a lot of money for it.

Tom

 

Ha-ha, yup!  "Oh my God, it's a GIANT!!"  Then it's always a 2-pounder.

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28 minutes ago, WRB said:

So you all pull line off your reel to hear it scream?

No I don't strip line out by hand, I have my drag set loose enough when a bass takes the bait they can pull some line. 

 

Alot of times when I set the hook on spinning reel I'll hold the bail, set the hook, then fight fish, letting him pull drag and enjoy 

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32 minutes ago, WRB said:

So you all pull line off your reel to hear it scream?

Big Smallmouth might be able to run 20' to 30' pulling drag, not a LMB they turn directions too often to pull line off a reel drag. Try hooking fish that can run a few hundred yards at high speed if you want to hear a screaming drag.

Tom

I don't pull line. The fish does. And the sound is beautiful. 

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