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    Drag Setting for Flipping/Pitching
from BASSNBOB #18956  
5/26/2012 6:16:14 PM

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 Do baitcasting reels designed for flipping even need a drag? Do you folks set a drag for flipping/pitching, or do you simply tighten down the drag,almost as tight as possible, and rip the fish out of cover. I have a smaller baitcasting reel (Shimano CTE 51GT) that is great for flipping, comfortable, great freespool, but has a weaker drag. I normally crank the drag down as tight as possible, but was actually thinking of removing the drag completely, but would love to hear what you folks are doing.


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   Drag from Jeff Hahn  5/26/2012 8:31:53 PM
  I used to tighten my drags down all the way, especially flipping. But, I found that I was losing too many fish. It didn't happen a lot, but any lost fish in a tournament is one too many. With the new reels with a continuous anti-reverse, I flip with braid and tighten the drag down until I have to use some force to peel off line with my hand. With flipping, I am usually using a large hook with a large diameter, so I need more force to set the hook. So, I believe that an almost tight drag is necessary. With my other reels used for more open water techniques, I have the drags much looser than that...just enough to set the hook and reel the fish in. So, I would not remove the drag from your flipping reels. Just tighten it down so it will just slip.


Jeff Hahn


Edited 5/26/2012 8:32:27 PM


   Get you a reel that is for flipping and Pitching from wolfman_lov #20859  5/26/2012 9:36:12 PM
 If your going too be a flipping and pitching number one thing be a very good line watcher. them fish can fool you sometimes


   Don't rip lips from Bender, MS Gulf Coast  5/26/2012 11:39:47 PM
 Remember that with the superlines and Braid there is not stretch and I find guys ripping pretty nice holes in the fish and then as soon as there is one little bit of slack they come unbuttoned. It is also rough on the drags and the gears. Loosen them drags all the way when not in use!


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