High drag settings and unhooking tuna

Discussion in 'Pelagics' started by Spinning Reel, May 28, 2007.

  1. Spinning Reel

    Spinning Reel Guest

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    In my last trip I had on what I think was a YFT and after the first run that I eventually stopped with increasing the drag (probably close to 20lbs), it got unhooked (I was fishing with a Rapala).

    I left the drag pretty high even afterward and a few fish didn't hook on the strike.

    Do high drag settings translate in more unhooked fish? Especially YFT and especially during the fight?

    Thanks.
     
  2. etan

    etan Senior Member

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    Don't increase the drag when a fish runs. As line leaves the reel the drag increases because there is a smaller diameter on the spool. Most of the guides here in Port A use fairly light drags to avoid ripping the hooks out of the fishes mouth. If you aren't using circle hooks there is a risk of coming unbuttoned with high drag settings. At least thats my opinion.
     

  3. Spinning Reel

    Spinning Reel Guest

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    I like to fish with small spinners with hotrodded drags so I can't really use a light drag.. but thank you for your opionion, your point is well taken. :)
     
  4. fishr1989

    fishr1989 Senior Member

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    I have had the same thing happen when trolling for bluefish, although a much smaller species, the best way to hook them was to troll with a light drag, barely tight enough to keep the lure from peeling line, and then to tighten the drag after the fish takes the plug.
     
  5. gman

    gman Senior Member

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    I wait until the fish has stopped its first run then gradually increase the drag but I always fish heavy drag once fight is on
     
  6. fishr1989

    fishr1989 Senior Member

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    same here, pushing the drag while the fish runs is the fastest way to lose one
     
  7. bunile

    bunile Senior Member

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    I have always set my drag correctly ( use a scale and it should slip at 25-30% of the leader's rated test) and then I don't play with it unless I forget that I had already set up the drag correctly in the first place. If the fish keeps taking line then I'll be patient and let her get tired, (FISH WILL) and in the mean time I keep away from anybody who wants to adjust "MY DRAG" and especially if I don't know them from ADAM.
    If setting drag with a scale isn't doing it well enough, "Then the fish must be doing something wrong" I tell 'em.