Yes, 100% operator error, which you understand,I think my problem is, like you theorize, operator induced.
When dropping, I move the drag lever a lot and I am probably moving the drag knob by accident.
I'm going to try some scribe marks on the drag knob and reel case,
What's "Proud Deplorable" mean?
and your solution, is to continue the error,
but with marks on your reel next time.
STOP playing with the lever drag while your jig is descending,
that is NOT how a lever drag is operated or designed to operate.
God gave you the perfect tool to accomplish this,
That is how you control the decent rate, or pause it,
when using a reel.
Don't mark up your reel,
just start using your reel properly,
and your issue will go away.
Deplorable = trump supporter and hillary hater.
my guess, you swing red too
PS> next time you are on a boat, look around,
anybody else using their lever drag like you do?
PPS> sounds like you should look into SPJ,
perfect for those who have no idea how to jig properly.