How To Set Your Drag For Swimbaits, Crankbaits, and Jerkbaits

Here's how to adjust your drag for a variety of baits so nothing goes wrong when that BIG BASS finally bites! Each bait requires a little different drag setting but we make it simple so anyone can adjust their gear quickly and accurately. 

Adjusting your drag is the last thing on most angler's minds. Your drag was either set months ago and you just haven't changed it, or maybe you backed it off last trip and forgot to tighten it back up. Either way, you could be headed for heartache! These quick tips are going to change the way you look at the drag on your reel. Its no longer a mundane part of your fishing day, its a key component to successfully landing every fish that bites!

The Gear We Use For Swimbaits...

Large Treble Hook Baits- Dobyns 806 Heavy:
Large Jig Hook Baits- Dobyns 807:
10"+ Swimbaits- Dobyns Champion 908:
Budget Rod- FURY 806H:
Discounted Swimbait Rod (1 left as of this posting):

Low Profile Reel- Shimano Tranx 300:
High End Round Reel- Shimano Conquest 300:
All around Round Reel- Shimano Calcutta 400B:
Budget Round Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300:

Crankbait Gear...

GIANT Crankbaits- Dobyns 805CB:
Deep Diving Crankbaits- Shimano Curado 7'6":
Mid Divers- St. Croix Legend Tournament 7'6" Moderate:
Squarebill/Lipless Crank- E6X 845CBR:

Crankbait Reels:
Deep Diving Crankbaits- Curado 200K:
Mid-Depth Cranks- Chronarch 150 MGL:
High-End Squarebills- Aldebaran 50:
Squarebills and Lipless Cranks- Curado 70:

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Shimano Curado K Casting Reel Review | First Look Before They Even Hit The Market!

Shimano has an all-new reel releasing in conjunction with ICast! The Curado K replaces the Curado I and its packed with a ton of new features! Larger handle, smaller body, larger spool open, improved braking, and micro module gearing to give it that buttery smooth feel.  Even better, its offered in 6:1 , 7:1 , and 8:1 gear ratios in both right and left hand retrieve!

We've used Shimano Curados for years and this is the best one they've ever produced. This reel blows the previous generations away and for the same great price of $179.99 . We pushed it to the limits with aggressive frog fishing and flippin and were not disappointed! 

The reel is available for pre-sale through Tackle Warehouse with an expected ship date of July 18th, 2017. If this is a reel you're interested in be sure to get it ordered so you're in line when they arrive!


Get The Curado 200K Here:

Line to spool your new reel...

Our preferred braided line:
Our preferred Fluorocarbon Line:
Our preferred monofilament line:

Shimano Chronarch MGL Casting Reel Review

Have you seen the All-New Chronarch MGL?? Tim has been fishing the new Shimano Chronarch for a few weeks now and has fallen in love! He shares his experiences in this video...

Shimano's casting reels have been completely overhauled the last few years. The latest upgrade is the new Chronarch MGL, replacing the Chronarch CI4+. Combining light weight with increased handle size, you're sure to love this reel at only $279! The look and feel of this reel rivals the Metanium MGL, you need to give it a try! 

Gear Shown In This Video...

Shimano Chronarch MGL Casting Reel:
Expride 7'2" Medium Heavy Rod:
Luke Clausen Finesse Jig:
Sweet Beaver Trailer:

Reel Adjustment Tricks That Actually Make A Difference!

Wonder why you can't skip, flip, or make long casts? Learn how good fishermen are actually adjusting their reels. Matt explains the "traditional" method of reel adjustment but follows it up with real tips on how he tunes his reels so he can cast farther and fish cover more effectively. 

Why do the pros cast so effectively? Why can they skip and flip into tight spots but when you try you get backlash after backlash? Some of it is time on the water but some of it is reel adjustment. If you loosen everything up and learn to control the spool with your thumb you will become a much more effective fisherman. 

Gear Shown in this video...
Shimano Zodias MH Casting Rod:
Shimano Citica Reel:

Shimano 6'10" Medium Expride:
Shimano Chronarch MGL:

Matt's Favorite Braided Line:
Matt's Favorite Leader Material: