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Setting drag on a lever drag reel??

Discussion in 'Fishing tackle & gear' started by AWilliams, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. AWilliams

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    Just bought an Avet mxj. This is my first lever drag. Is there any way to set it without a scale? Thanks
     
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    Make sure you always disengage (free spool) the lever drag before you tighten/losen it. I think the drag on that model is 9 lbs strike and full is 14 lbs. Set the drag at the strike mark and test the drag pressure with a fish weight scale so you have an idea of what you have for a full drag setting. Remember set your drag at approximately 1/3 rd the poundage of your line/leader rating. Example I fish 50 lb braid with a 25 lb floro leader and my strike drag is set at about 8 lbs as in 3 x 8 =24. I put a paint mark on the reel frame at the strike drag marking so I can see it when I engage the drag in the heat of the moment. Get a cheap spring fish scale unless your a seasoned deckie or a grizzled old fisherman and can test it by feel.
     
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    I have a digital scale...would that work?
     
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    Um. The reel has a strike setting which clicks halfway on. After you have the fish you can adjust more drag if. Necessary .

    All the way down is freespool.

    Half way up at the first "click" is strike mode.

    All the way up is full drag
     
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    Way to go! MXJ! What color?
     
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    silver....I was talked out of the sx
     
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    yeah, I get how it works
     
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    You get it at Squidco? Get free braid put on?
     
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    turners....free braid AND 10% off. OTD $203. Hard to beat
     
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    Ok, update. Found a sweet way to set the drag if you don't have a scale. I plan on using 25#. I have a full gallon of milk and weighed it on my digital. It came to 8.6#. I ran my braid thru the rod, out the tip and tied on the gallon of milk. Set the milk on the floor of the garage and I pulled up easy on the rod like there was a fish on and adjusted the drag until I could lift the gallon off the garage floor an inch or two but as I kept pulling up the drag payed out and did not lift the milk jug higher than a few inches off the floor. I think it should be pretty close.
     
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