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I fish cork for everything but tarpon. There’s no need for anything more for those fish.

 

I have nautilus, I don’t care much for it due to the sloppy tolerances between the spool and the frame.

 

I enjoy fishing my Tibors most of all. The Abel Rove is a nice reel too.

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Ideally I prefer a 1 turn drag with a limited maximum setting about 1/3 tippet strength (4-5 lbs for inshore stuff). 
Very simple to move and return to the same settings during use.  No uncertainty during the fight about how it is set.  In the rare situation I need very high drag I use my hands. 
 

Such drags are not without their share of problems, however, and serviceability is a major downside.
 

 


 

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I’m a cork drag fan also, but primarily I like a reel with the fewest moving parts, the old Bauer M series reels are the epitome,with no little screws, springs, pawls, etc that can break, get lost, get sand in them or get stuck. They are also very high  build quality, I have a pile of them.

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Unless I'm consistently hooking 25-30# plus fish I set my drag on any type of reel just enough to prevent over run. Anything more needed is why God gave us thumbs, palms or forefingers. 

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4 mins ago, SB59 said:

Unless I'm consistently hooking 25-30# plus fish I set my drag on any type of reel just enough to prevent over run. Anything more needed is why God gave us thumbs, palms or forefingers. 

Unless you have a 15# Jack Caravelle on the other end of your line. i.e. brushed knuckles 

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3 hours ago, SB59 said:

Unless I'm consistently hooking 25-30# plus fish I set my drag on any type of reel just enough to prevent over run. Anything more needed is why God gave us thumbs, palms or forefingers. 

Do you fish for false albacore that way?

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I only have two reels in my rotation that have a cork drag I mostly use click reels I think sometimes the drag spooks the fish. Although for my winter fishing ill most likely get the new sage spey reels as they dont freeze like my other ones. 

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3 hours ago, Redsurffshr said:

I’d like to find a few more Bauers. They complement my Tibors and Super Series Abel’s well. I like the form factor and weight especially.  IMG_3826.jpeg.f8fd304548defe76cbc5be5414e77643.jpeg

 

 

Check with Josh or Scott at the Bear's Den in Taunton, MA

 

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Bluefin60lb1003.jpg.ad3922837637b3a12aeac62b4195f813.jpgI think cork drags work very well - Back in the day, fishing with Nate and Derick of "first light Anglers, I have caught school Bluefin up to  70lbs on a 14 wt with a Tibor Gulfstream - with the rod bent double raising a deep sounding fish the reel had plenty of drag.

 

Other examples of the Tibor Gulfstream drag performance.

The greatest IGFA fly-rod tarpon catch of all time, amazingly only 8 pounds shy of the 20-pound tippet record. An outstanding catch on 12-pound tippet, likely to never be beaten

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 Weight: 194 pounds, 8 ounces Line Class: M-12 (fly) Angler: Thomas M. Evans Jr. Location: Pine Island, Florida Date: May 10, 2010 Fight Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes Lure/Bait: Brown Toad fly Tackle: Rio line; Tibor Gulfstream reel; Biscayne 12-weight rod Captain: Al Dopirak Courtesy IGFA / igfa.org

 

 

 

 

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