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Well, along comes old Fishin' Tipster, Weekend Semi-Pro and resident backlash picking champion, with the solution.


DRAG SETTINGS:

The biggest mistake made by anglers is to have their drag set improperly. Most manufacturers recommend that your drag be set at one-third of your line's test weight. This means that a reel holding 15-pound test line should have the drag set to let out line at 5 pounds of pull. To set your drag run the line out through your rod's guides, tie a loop in the end, and then use the hook on a fish scale (the tool, not the fish body part) to pull on the line. When the weight shown on the scale is one-third of your rated line weight, the drag should be letting out line. If not, adjust the drag until it does.


Take a look at the accompanying photo. That's the footwell of my big STRATOS. There are three things visible that help keep my boat safe.

1. If you have never had a fire on a boat, you don't know what instant panic is. That fire extinguisher is priceless when you need it. Get one.
2. That Hotfoot throttle control is also a major safety feature. I can keep both hands on the wheel, plus it brings the throttle back to idle should something happen to me. Get one.
3. The red cord is a positive kill switch. I attached it around my leg or clip it to a hook on my life vest like it was a religion. Should I get thrown away from the controls of the boat, that red lanyard pulls an ignition breaker that shuts the motor down. I have seen it work more than once. It saves lives. Get one.

There is one other item that is not shown and that it the power trim control up on my steering wheel. I can control the trim while still keeping BOTH hands on the wheel. Get one!

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