DON’T BURN YOUR DRAG

Sport Fishing - - GEAR GUIDE -

A bait­caster’s drag sys­tem is built into its gear­ing. Be­cause of this, baitcasters with high gear ra­tios have lower drag set­tings, and lower-gear-ra­tio reels have higher drag maxes.

“The spool turns the pin­ion gear, the pin­ion gear turns the drive gear and the drive gear holds the drag sys­tem,” says Chris Lit­tau, with Quan­tum. “The fastest way to wear out a bait­caster’s drag is to force or pull line out on a heav­ily set drag.”

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