I usually set my drag a bit on the tootight side. My drag will only slip under extreme pressure, but it still gives just enough on a powerful boatside strike. Yet, there’s an overlooked element in this whole drag-setting scenario that many anglers haven’t considered, and it actually neutralizes many of the too-tight drag negatives. Thankfully, this simple solution doesn’t require any special aftermarket purchases or any customizing of any kind. In fact, the true answer to most of your drag-setting problems is so simple, you’re probably not going to believe it when I reveal it.
The answer to many of your drag-setting problems is rod choice. What? Yes — the rod you use creates the perfect drag setting. How so? Well, simply because a longer rod with some flex bends automatically, compensating for a sudden burst or powerful pull from a big fish. It’s that simple. The longer rod with flex naturally acts as a slipping drag on short range, tight quarter battles with big muskies. In other words, utilize rod flex to compensate for a tight drag setting.
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