How to Set the Drag on a Bassproshops Baitcaster

How to Set the Drag on a Bassproshops Baitcaster
Bassproshops offers a line of quality baitcasting reels at reasonable prices. Before heading out to your favorite fishing hole with your new reel, make sure you set the drag correctly. With the drag set on your Bassproshops baitcaster, you can set the hook without worrying whether or not your fishing line will break. A properly set drag will reduce the time it takes to land your fish, giving released fish the best chance of survival.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bassproshops baitcasting reel Baitcasting fishing rod Scale Helper
  • Bassproshops baitcasting reel
  • Baitcasting fishing rod
  • Scale
  • Helper
Step 1
Determine what type of line you have on your bassproshops baitcasting reel. Specifically, what pound test is the line? Before you set the drag, you have to know the breaking strength of the fishing line you are using. When setting the drag on your reel, the maximum pull on your reel should be one-third to one-half of the line's breaking strength. So if you put 30-pound test braid line on your reel, the drag system should allow line to come off the reel with 10 to 15 pounds of pull.
Step 2
Tie the tag end of your line to the hook on your scale. Have your helper hold the scale about 10 feet away from you while you hold the rod and reel. Start by loosening the drag, using the metal star knob located at the base of the reel handle. Gradually tighten the drag while pulling on the line from the scale while your helper observes the scale needle. You can alternately pull against the scale and then reel down the slack to keep the line tight. Repeat until the scale reads the desired drag setting.
Step 3
If you don't have anyone to help you set your drag, you can use a stationary object to help. You'll need something solid like a vehicle or fence. Tie a hook to the end of your fishing line and hook the bumper of the car or a bracket on the fence. Pull against the stationary object while adjusting the drag on your baitcasting reel until it is difficult to pull line from the reel, but not so difficult that the line breaks. This method is not as accurate as using a scale, but it works.

Tips & Warnings

You can set the drag accurately by yourself if you have a digital scale that you can read when you hang it from something solid.
Check your drag before every trip. Drag washers lose their shape over time, affecting your drag setting.

Article Written By Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is a freelance writer with published articles in "Nor'East Saltwater," "Sportfishing" magazine, "Pacific Coast Sportfishing" and "Salt Water Sportsman." As a fishing charter captain, he was also interviewed for a feature in "Field and Stream." Byrne studied environmental science at the State University of New York at Delhi.

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