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Kingfish drag setting
Kingfish drag setting
Kingfish drag setting
August 21, 2017 12:10 pm EST
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Kingfish drag setting
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:26 pm    Post subject: Kingfish drag setting Reply with quote

What are you guys setting your lever drag reels at for kings? The set up im using is penn squall 30 lever drag, 7ft fast action rod with 20# mono..im reading 1/3 of line weight, which is about 7, but im seeing some guys using 3,4, or 5..whats the preferred setting for my setup? thx in advance
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can not tell you actual drag setting as in lbs but I keep my drag set light enough that the live bait can not pull line off of the reel
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2-3 pounds  
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wavescrash is right. They actually have a pretty soft mouth and can pull off pretty easily if you aren't careful.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like Back-Lash said. I don't have a # but as light as possible and the bait not pull line off. That means it might vary depending on the bait size and spunk and sea conditions.  
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

steve-a wrote:
Wavescrash is right. They actually have a pretty soft mouth and can pull off pretty easily if you aren't careful.


Weyull it is more a function of the rig and style of fishing than anything. You can run normal drag when pulling ballyhoo or pirate plugs with big single hooks and be fine. Live baiting with #4 or #6 trebles though a lot of times they are lightly hooked in the outside of the face and too much drag can pull the hooks.
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're absolutely correct. But I always run a lighter drag setting regardless of the rig, as I've had way too many pulled off over the years by guys horsing them in.

I hate loosing fish. But I also do mostly run with treble trailers on live or dead baits when king fishing.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

when setting you drag, pull line off then see if you can wind it back on. you want to be able to barely be able to gain line.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Set your drag as light as possible. Usually around 2-3 lbs We set ours based on the troll speed and current/wind. We set them just to the point they are no longer paying out when trolling. Once fish is on keep tip of rod flexed and work the fish with the drag set as light as possible. Use the boat to gain line back in. You only want to make a little progress as a time. Do NOT try to crank down on a king...you will lose it every time.  
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should follow the advise given by candyman and back - lash if you do not want to loose the big ones .......  
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