View Full Version : Help setting the drag

06-07-2008, 08:10 AM
I borrowed a spring scale and I figure I can use it to set up the drag on my reels. Here's my set-ups:
Lami SK 10 MS, Penn Pursuit, both with Penn 105CS reels, Big Game 30# mono, 60# flouro leaders.
I'd like to know a good starting point to set the drag at. I'm guessing at around 8#-10#s. I'm guessing there's no "correct" answer, and it's a matter of personal prefference, but any tips and suggestions are appreciated.

06-08-2008, 06:22 AM
It all depends on where you are fishing, what structure you have, how deep etc.

when you set it with a scale be sure the rod is bent.

once you do that to where you need it, you'll get used to how much that is by a pull with your hand right off the reel. I always loosen the drag a little just before landing a large bass in the canal, so then before next cast I set it back again.

30 lb mono can handle 8 pounds of drag fine

06-08-2008, 12:09 PM
Thanks Slipknot. I mostly fish rocky bottoms, and deep channels. I recently delved into the realm of plugs, I'm still trying to fine tune my equipment .

Sea Flat
06-12-2008, 08:09 AM
Looks like you are going about this very scientifically. Good for you.

I have never done that though. Before I cast I grab the line and pull very firm. If it comes out too easy I tighten it and if it is hard to pull out out I just loosen a little. I have never had any problems with this method although it is not as fancy as your method.

Good Luck :hf1:

06-12-2008, 09:39 AM
Its one thing pre-setting drag with a scale for big BIG fish (tuna, billfish, shark etc.) on lever drags, but usually a rough guestimate is fine on bass/bluefish etc.

06-13-2008, 07:41 AM
Ok thanks for the response guys. I used to just pull the line and adjust it like that.