Valiant 300 drag issue

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beskew171

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Was out fishing for salmon yesterday and the drag on my 300 had some major issues. The night before I preset my drag at about 7.5 pounds. The next day landed one salmon no issues, then on the second and third fish were lost as the drag decreased dramatically while fighting the fish. To have any drag at all I had to go into full or thumb it. I though maybe I was bumping the drag dial or something. So I reset the drag and placed it on the downrigger and it began loosening on the downrigger so I know it isn’t human error. Any ideas?
 
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swami 805

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Braid slipping on the spool maybe. Did you something for the braid to bite on when you put line on it?
 
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beskew171

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I took it to a tackle shop to have it spooled. Caught a 25lb salmon on the same braid last year. I use this reel for rockfish up at Big Sur and have hung up on rocks/kelp and have to lock down drag/thumb spool to break off. Maybe this broke my drag?
 
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Mike D.

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Same thing happened to my buddies new tern 500. He hasnt done anything with it and it sat in his garage since, so im curious of your solution sorry I dont have an answer for you.
 
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    I took it to a tackle shop to have it spooled. Caught a 25lb salmon on the same braid last year. I use this reel for rockfish up at Big Sur and have hung up on rocks/kelp and have to lock down drag/thumb spool to break off. Maybe this broke my drag?
    Based on what you have said about the drag locking down your drag to get out of rocks or kelp make have broken or bent one of the "E" clips on the spool shaft. There is no way for the drag to back off unless the spool shaft is moving.
     
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