Light line drag questions

sdrepairman

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so, I know about the drag rule for offshore fishing where you set the drag at around 30% and it has served me vary well,but what do you do when your fishing light line and inshore. Say 15 lb line and down. I would think that you would want more than 3 lb of drag while using 10 lb test. So do you guys have any sort of rule for setting the drag on light line?
 
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FullFlavorPike

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I fish 20# fluoro topshots for local YT and set the drag to 5-6# and it works alright. Takes a while to get them up, but I'm pretty sure they'd bust off with any more drag than that.
 
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If your mono and/or Floro are up to snuff, you can still do the 30%. For 20# I would run 7#of drag personally (And do..).
My .02
 
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Man...it's amazing how precise you guys are with setting drags! I'm impressed.

All my years of fishing I've never used a scale to get the exact drag pressure. It's been 100% by feel.
 
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Man...it's amazing how precise you guys are with setting drags! I'm impressed.

All my years of fishing I've never used a scale to get the exact drag pressure. It's been 100% by feel.

I do use a scale as I don't trust the old pull by hand and my OCD wont allow it...
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plj46

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I never use a scale.I go by feel,start a little light and tighten it up if i feel its necessary.I think drag settings should also be determined by the size of hook you're using also.
 
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On light line if I were to use a scale i'd set it at 25%. For 20 and under I don't really ever use a scale. I just pull on the line and as I feel the line start to stretch a little is when I want the drag to slip.
 
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I used to do it strictly by hand.Since these larger fish have showed up I find myself doing by scale allowing myself to put max pressure on these fish.
IMHO a lot of these larger fish are lost by not putting enough pressure on the fish.
The longer you hang on the more chance something bad is going to happen.
 
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FullFlavorPike

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I use precise weight for the lever drags, so that way you can go full drag with 100% confidence that it won't be even a little too much. Maybe it's cheating, but it sure is nice.

Baller is right that 7# is gonna work on 20#, at least for a flyline. Maybe not a dropper loop because it's so much weaker, but It would probably work especially if you have the sense to back it off a little during a hard run and when the fish comes up for the gaff shot.
 
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I also set the drag at 7# when fishing 20. It's served me well until last year on a half day I hooked a big YT and 7#s wasn't going to do it.
 
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