Capt. Rush Maltz is willing to share his vast fishing experience with anyone who is curious about the theories and finer points of setting your drags for a variety of fishing scenarios.
“I use a variety of drag settings depending on what kind of fish I’m targeting and what weight tackle I’ve chosen to use. I test the drag by hand and over time you will get a feel for where to set the pressure before it slips,” said Capt. Rush. “For bottom fishing, we use a tighter drag than for pelagics, but it still depends on what you’re after. Mutton fishing, I like a drag that is firm but can slip, but grouper fishing you have to go tight and either “stop it or pop it.”
Setting your drag is a crucial part of fishing success and taking the time to get it right will pay off big for anglers of all walks of life.