Striper Talk Striped Bass Fishing, Surfcasting, Boating

     

Left Nav S-B Home Register FAQ Members List S-B on Facebook Arcade WEAX Tides Buoys Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Right Nav

Left Container Right Container
 

Go Back   Striper Talk Striped Bass Fishing, Surfcasting, Boating Main Forum How To's, F.A.Q.s, Tips, & Tricks

How To's, F.A.Q.s, Tips, & Tricks How-To's, Tips & Tricks plus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) **** Please Do Not Start Discussions or Ask New Questions in Here **** This is for popular Threads To be moved here for easy access & discussion. Post all new questions in main Stripertalk Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-07-2008, 08:10 AM   #1
BlackBeard
Registered User
iTrader: (0)
 
BlackBeard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bronx, NY
Posts: 23
Help setting the drag

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.

"Anything can be fixed with duct tape and WD40..."
BlackBeard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2008, 06:22 AM   #2
Slipknot
Super Moderator
iTrader: (0)
 
Slipknot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Middleboro MA
Posts: 16,104
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
Slipknot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2008, 12:09 PM   #3
BlackBeard
Registered User
iTrader: (0)
 
BlackBeard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bronx, NY
Posts: 23
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 .

"Anything can be fixed with duct tape and WD40..."
BlackBeard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 08:09 AM   #4
Sea Flat
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Cape Cod, MA
Posts: 402
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
Sea Flat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 09:39 AM   #5
likwid
lobster = striper bait
iTrader: (0)
 
likwid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Popes Island Performing Arts Center
Posts: 5,869
Send a message via AIM to likwid
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.

Ski Quicks Hole
likwid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2008, 07:41 AM   #6
BlackBeard
Registered User
iTrader: (0)
 
BlackBeard's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bronx, NY
Posts: 23
Ok thanks for the response guys. I used to just pull the line and adjust it like that.

"Anything can be fixed with duct tape and WD40..."
BlackBeard is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin. Copyright 2000 - 2008, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Please use all necessary and proper safety precautions. STAY SAFE Striper Talk Forums
Copyright 1998-20012 Striped-Bass.com