Avet Question, Free vs Bait?

Barkoff

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Oct 6, 2010
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Mike
I have MXL 6/4, nice little reel. Has four settings on the lever, but I cannot discern any difference between Free Spool and Bait.
What am I missing. Defiantly seems like two separate lever settings.
 

AKSalmon

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Jul 15, 2006
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Bill Brown
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Sold my Parker. You can find me on the Red Rooster.
If you bump up the drag enough (probably too much), when the lever gets to bait there will be a tiny amount of drag -- maybe enough to slow down a larger bait like a mackerel. I never use the bait setting; in fact, I believe Avet has removed that setting from all of their reels. The real issue with that reel is making sure that you have less than 9# of drag at strike with a full spool. Too much drag will crush the pinion bearing (as it will with all lever drag reels).