If you enjoy fishing, you probably know how frustrating it can get to lose a big catch on a broken line, which usually occurs when you don’t set the drag correctly. Fortunately, setting a drag does not require much effort and can deliver promising results.
Once you learn to fix the drag adjuster, inspect the resistance. Adjust the level to suit your needs.
Depending on your fishing equipment, the drag will probably be at the back of the reel and will be a screw device. You can find it near the screw that secures the spool in place. The tighter the drag, the more resistance there will be on the line.
The drag mechanism measures how much resistance the fish undergoes when you pull it on the line. You will usually find the drag level mentioned in pounds (lbs). The more resistance the fish feels, the tighter the drag. Anglers must ensure the drag is set tight enough but it should not be too tight or else the line will break under stress.
Follow these steps to set the drag:
This scaling method is among the most accurate ways of setting your drag. Many anglers also set the drag according to feel. However, you need to pay close attention to the angle and ensure the drag isn’t too tight. Setting the drag too tight can cause you to lose a lot of fish in the long run.
Hopefully, this handy guide has taught you everything there is to know about setting the drag. Good luck!