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I posted this on the offshore board and it was a good question by Makomagic anyone have any other tips please feel free to add or question the post
Guys setting your drags on lever type reels is truly tricky and depends on the reel 100%.All reel companies make there reels differently. So you must take this into consideration! For example take a Penn international. I find or they even recommend to set your drag at strike, not at full drag. I have seen many fish busted of when going past the strike position and don?t recommend it! The reason being when you go past strike unless your reel has been tweaked or blue printed you create a heavy pressure on the spool which in turn creates more drag under pressure. So the spool pressure will not only increase your drag but will give you an unstable drag pressure which is a 50- 50 chance of a line strength break! Now on the reels such as an Everol the drag works much different and has the capability of truly putting on higher pressure with out spool binding!
There is a free spooler which could modify most big game lever drag reels and if you plan on going above the rated drag on the reels I suggest you look into having the modifications done by a good blue printer such as Chris Tuna toys from this site.
Shimano and Tiburon have very good drags and will need testing to see the max drag pressure on each reel. As explained to me by Chris Tunatoys no 2 reels are identical and everyone has different spacing and characteristics so do check your reels individually to see if they are up to par. Another key point is when anglers get into a big fish many of them start to panic and I see them increasing the drag lever and pop goes the weasel!
Guys you must remember that as the spool gets lower in line capacity the drag pressure increases by you trying or thinking you have to stop the fish this is when the line will pop.
I always monitor my spool when fighting a big fish and a good rule of thumb is to back off your drag slightly at the 50% of the spool mark. The heavier pressure is used at the right times such as a straight up and down stand off , or what I call the Tuna circle:).
So as a n angle it is important to understand your reel as well as the characteristics! Not only what he drag pressure is set at. This will help you to land the big one think less is more and you?ll be fine:)

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Another fact on drags

Well i recieved a PM from one of chris touna toys buddie son drag pressur and seems I learn more and more evertime i make a mistake:( her eis his post and thanks Dr. rob
Hello, tog.
Visit your site regularly, but never post. Just don't have much to say, I guess.

But listen, about the freespooler/heavy drag thing...I don't want to sound like some nay-saying know-it-all jerk, but the info just ain't quite right, in an otherwise terriffic post.
Freespoolers or bearing sleeves don't do anything to help the reel when drag pressure is applied. They are only there to aid freespool (thereof the name)by relieving the slop in the spool bearing of the axial pressure brought on by the drag plate separator spring. As soon as force is put between the RHS spool bearing and the drag plate, the sleeve becomes reduntant. This misconception appears all the time, on all the sites. BUT it might provide some help in reels with dual drag washers, like the Penn 80W or 130´s, but even then it only redistributes a heavy load among two bearings instead of four. Dig?
Have a word with Chris on that, and say hi from me.

Really cool site, and helpful to all!

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