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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:53 pm 
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Here is a question for the surf fishermen on this forum:

When surf fishing and after having made your cast, what is the drag that you set your reel at (assuming you are using a spinning reel and not a baitcaster).

If it is preferable to keep a low drag to induce the the fish to run with the bait before setting the hook, then is the drag tightened just before setting the hook?


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Hi Ashwyn,
The normal setting of your drag, would be 1/3 the breaking strength of the line.
Normally, one does not change the drag setting.
If bait fishing,open the bail arm,and hold the line lightly, to get the feel of a bite.
Then quickly drop bail arm and strike !!
Syd.


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Ashwyn,

It would depend on the type of subsurface and ,to a certain extent,upon the type of fish one is after.

If it is a sandy bottom throughout, I would agree that one should set a light drag . Upon hookup, one may then adjust the drag to be tighter and play the fish until landed.

However, there are many places where the beaches have a mixture of sand and reef/rocks under the water. Here, some fish(GTs,coral trout,grouper) are quite adept at immediately seeking cover after being hooked.

If one does not set a tight drag initially, it is curtains for the angler - it is next to impossible to get the fish out without the line being cut on the reef/rocks.

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Kingfish


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I must clarify that my experience is purely from a lure fishing aspect, as I do not baitfish.


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