acorn wrote:If you are using a spinner and running loose drag always palm your spool to set the hook. Do not attempt to set the drag and then set the hook. Too much time lost messing with your reel. Circle hook would be better when using loose drag on the spinner. As the fish runs, all you have to do is apply spool pressure using your palm and the resistant will set the hook. Never set your drag too loose. You need some drag pressure. Big fish will cause a blacklash on your spool and for sure pull your rod and reel into the water.
With conventional or spinning gear, there reely is no substitute for maintaining tight control of your poles. Learned me that lesson long ago whilst hunting cottontail orange grove bunnies near Orlando with a replica `94 Winchester BB gun.
Commercial fishermen who troll go belly up when they neglect their lines. Gators never slack off when they fish; why should we? Ain`t it that monster fish we all crave to land what motivates us to stand around for hours braced by the corner rail with our lines in our hands feeling the pick up, slack from a hit, Sargasso clumps forking up the bait.....Pffft!
Fish or goof off. Monsters only come to you once in a while. As for myself, I have never once lost a rig overboard to a fish, boat, bird or anything else. I never got far enough away to allow it; what with fishing in waters full of Cow Nosed and Eagle rays, sharks, huge Tarpon, large robalo and others just as frisky, a man cannot afford to get too far away. What happens when you forget to loosen your drag and you get hit? You best be close enough to grab your gear, that`s what.