what i meant to say , if the fish is pulling harder do not set the drags at the same time. wait till the fish stops pulling and give it a bump on the drags. i use this method many times and its sucessful on more gaffing then spitting to hook.
Not to step on Louie's toes, cuz I respect his opinion very much, but I would be very careful about tightening the drags. Fighting Kingfish on light drags is all about high line capacity, and babying the fish. Just let it run and when it stops start pumping and reeling smoothly. I haven't done much Kingfishing, but I don't see any other way to fish light drags. If the guy who set your drag is as good as you say he is, you need to be asking him these questions.
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P.P.S Avets are very nice. I will buy one eventuallyThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Trapt in Arizona,
thank you trapt for your polite and kind words. maybe my sentencing is not correct, i try to explain in details about the proper procedure, well i guess ( angry ) took it wrong. in the future i,ll be carfull on my vocabulary.
Originally posted by Trapt in Arizona: The reason you need such a light drag is that trolling rigs often use very small hooks. Also, Kings maul and slash their prey, often causing them to be hooked outside the mouth.
Keep in mind if you tighten your drags mid fight, you could pull small hooks out, or if it is foul hooked (outside the mouth/on the lips) it could rip free.
kings are fought on light drags and long rods, like salmon. There is nothing like this out of Sandy Egos. It's more like the old days when albies were caught on anchovies and #3 hooks. Keep an absolutely taut line and only tighten the drag when the fish tires. Anything else will break off the fish. The Avet should adjust to your needs nicely.
hay never king or salmon fished, i would think finnesing is the way to go.when off shoring for tunas in a large scales is a whole different ball game. that reminds me , in canada i was watching the folks out there fly fishing, so way different then out here ( california ). sorry about the mistakes , but im useing tactics that are a little more aggressive, as the canadians say ( californians are bullys ).
thanks for all the help guys. i will be seeing the guy who set the drag tomorrow so i will ask him and post back his response. have a 34 hr. trip starting tomorrow night to the gulf of mexico middle grounds. wish me luck.
Its not that they use small hooks, its that they use treble hooks for nose and trap hooking the baits they troll. As for bashing products I look at it this way, if you sell 500,000 reels and you have a problem with 1% it doesnt make it a bad product. What makes it a bad product is poor customer service. I had several accurates and everytime there is a problem or an upgrade it cost me 60-100 bucks and several weeks at accurate. So far I have yet to have any problems with the Avets and if I have any Questions I make a call and it is handled to my satisfaction and bearings, belleviews and a few other nick nacks have been sent for free or replaced at the shop while I wait. I like Accurate, Avet and Shimano productsbut have to rate customer service with Avet #1, Shimano #2, Penn #3 and Accurate #4. This is not bashing> It is just an opinion, nothing personal. (Its not like I called your girlfriend ugly.)