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DODD5Y

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See a lot of the top anglers backwinding to play fish, i personally like to use the drag on my reel. Is there any advantages of backwinding?
 

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I always backwind. Don't know if one method is better than the other but I've always played fish that way and feel I'm more in control.
 

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I never back-wind and always rely on the clutch/drag, I know this can lead to line twist but I have never had a problem, a sudden lunge from a fish at the net can catch you unawares but a well set drag caters for all events, just my opinion.[:D]
 

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Originally posted by arnyking

I trust the backwind
Surely the back-wind is you.

A fish at the net makes a dash for freedom, net in one hand rod in the other. Do you just let the reel spin uncontrolled or do you drop the net?
 

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Originally posted by Brian the Fish

Originally posted by arnyking

I trust the backwind
Surely the back-wind is you.

A fish at the net makes a dash for freedom, net in one hand rod in the other. Do you just let the reel spin uncontrolled or do you drop the net?
I think when you backwind you tend to know when a fish is played out. Yes I have had my knuckles wrapped once or twice but that's all.
I learnt my fishing on a small river. The small fish didn't require a drag and the Chub lived in their typical haunts. Hitting those Chub with the drag on would almost certainly mean getting snagged within seconds.
I reckon that's why I play fish the way I do.
 

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I tend to use one of my fingers just to check the reel while fish plays it self out.
 

Brian the Fish

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So do I, but the drag takes care of any unforeseen problems, you can't back-wind with a finger, you can only hope to stop mayhem.
 

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Clutch all day long. Backwind just for the old boys who refuse to change.
 

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I always play fish off the clutch, drag systems are that smooth and good now there is no need to backwind.
 

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back wind every time .just feel im in control a bit more ,and i never pick the net up untill i think the fish is played out enough to come to the net.
yes it has happened that a fish has lunged at the last minute ,but i dont stiff arm them ,im ready for it.
if you are bullying a fish to the net you will lose more to lunges than playing them out .
 

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Always backwind, i want to give line when i want to, not when the fish wants! Also get line twist with drags. I think i'm in the minority preferring to backwind though!?
 

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I'm another back-winder.
I just feel in more control of the fish if I'm actually giving it line rather than it stripping it off the reel via the clutch.

I seem to be able to get more of a feel for how fast it's actually running, where it's going and how far out it is.

Having said I do set the drag on the reel so it will just give a little line to control that final 'at the net' lunge.

Simon
 

DODD5Y

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Good to know I'm not the only using the clutch. Just seems like its personal preference more than one being better than the other. Thx lads.
 

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Originally posted by NathanWatson

Always backwind, i want to give line when i want to, not when the fish wants! Also get line twist with drags. I think i'm in the minority preferring to backwind though!?
I don't think so Nathan. Don't know many anglers myself that use the drag nowadays.
Modern rods seem to cusion the blows of a hard fighting fish enough.
 

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I feel in control of the fish with backwinding rather than the fish controlling me taking line from a drag.

If it was good enough for Ivam Marks then it was good enough for me.
 
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