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MLF Pro Tips: Setting the Drag

MLF Pro Tips: Setting the Drag

Major League Fishing pros weigh in on how they set the drag to ensure great hook sets and more bass in the boat.

We asked Major League Fishing pros a variety of questions on subjects ranging from go-to baits to determining when to leave a fishing spot for another.

In this video, Randy Howell, JT Kenney, Marty Robinson, Fred Roumbanis, Cody Meyer and Jason Lambert give their answers to the question:“How Do You Set the Drag on Your Reels?”

Well, the answer depends on a few things, like whether you use baitcaster or spinning gear, what you’re using for line and lure, and what species you’re targeting.

Robinson, like many pros, locks down his baitcaster drag and works his drag manually. “I don’t need a drag until I have to have it,” he said.

Locking down the drag prevents line slippage when setting the hook, and applying thumb pressure on the spool can regulate line release.

Howell added the “click-snap, click-snap” sounds you might hear if you’re watching MLF on TV indicates pros pressing and engaging the button while using the thumb to keep the right drag when fighting a fish. “We kind of make our own drag system,” he said.

Roumbanis locks down on his baitcaster, but spinning gear requires a little more finesse. “With spinning gear, drag is everything,” he said.

CHECK OUT WHAT ELSE THE PROS HAD TO SAY IN THE VIDEO BELOW

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