I want to buy a new reel with baitrunner (I own a Shimano Baitrunner 3500) and I found some interesting surf reels on Japantackle: Daiwa Cross Cast or Daiwa Power Surf QD. Both have Quick Engaging Drag.
What is this drag? Is it a kind of baitrunner with a separate lever or what?
Are these reels suitable for carp fishing?
What other baitrunner reel up to $200 could you recommend (prefferably with long cast spool)?
I'm fishing on St. Lawrence and I'm only using baitrunner reels. A friend of mine already lost two cheap combos from Wal-Mart because of the carps
Personally, I would like to see the same system on all reels, as long as brakes are smooth. It is ridiculous that on some reels you need to turn full 3 or 4 circles (6 or 8 movements of the hand) to increase or decrease drag pressure for maybe just one lb.
I'm still a little bit confused. So: do I need two settings-one for the main drag and another for freespool mode?
Let's say I'm fishing with the rod supported on a bankstick, and with a bottom rig with 3oz. lead.
How do I have to set my drag(s) so when a big fish bites it will take the line freely but for setting the hook I'll need to switch fast from free spool to a pre-seted value of the drag?
I hope I made myself understood.
Bassicly my question is this: Is this Quick Engaging Drag another type of Baitrunner drag (the same function in a different design)?
Thank you a lot!
I don’t think there are two settings or switch for QD. It is simply what I explained in previous post - instead of turning drag dial 10-15 times to tighten the drag on regular reel, you need to make just one full 360deg turn from free to full.
But this way the sensitivity of the drag will be affected, I think. The increments will not be any longer very fine. I mean instead of derating the drag power on 10-15 dial turns let's say, of 360 degrees, we'll gonna have the same drag spread on only one turn of 360 deg. Am I wrong?
On the other hand if you have cheap reel with cheap drag, and with microscopic thread that takes 30 turns to fully tighten, that drag will still be cheap jerky and useless.
This is just what I gathered from Basia (or Saltiga?) advertisements - I never had any first hand experience with these reels.
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