That fish hit so hard and took off running so
fast that before we could even get the rod out of the
holder, the fish was gone. The drag was never reset
properly and freed up during the initial set to allow
the fish to run. Two out of the three hooks on the rear
treble came back bent and broken. The guy that set the
rod didnít feel too good about it either. As it turned
out, that lost fish would have placed us better in the
standings that day. That particular day every fish counted
as it was an extremely tough bite for most of the competitors.
That day stuck in my mind. I am an advocate of always
checking the drag settings on all my reels whenever
I set them. ALWAYS!!! Anytime I touch a drag, even if
itís to just add a little more pressure on too loose
of a setting, I check it. ALWAYS!!! ALWAYS!!! ALWAYS!!!
Will the Shimano Tekota reels work right out
of the box and continue to work? Yes they will, but
they have to be set properly using Capt. Andyís method.
Guess what? There is a better way! After doing
a bit of research I came across aftermarket drag kits.
There are a few companies out there that produce them
and they are quite inexpensive. One of the best is available
Tunaís Reel Troubles. They have aftermarket
tournament series drags to fit many different makes
and models of fishing reels. They also have reel schematics,
useful when taking reels apart and putting them back
together again. Tuna offers for sale reel parts,
reel repair, service and have a great reputation with
I have included a link below courtesy of Tunaís
that outlines how to change out the stock drags and
replace them with the aftermarket units. The process
isnít all that difficult and after you do a few the
replacements can be installed in only about 15 minutes.
The hardest part is the click pin. Follow the directions
closely because it is real easy to lose this tiny part
if youíre not careful. If you do lose it, replacements
are available from Shimano.
The click pin part number is available in the schematics.