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Maximum drag of reel is not when that reel will break but what the maximum drag it can provide, so if you use a reel with a maximum drag just under the breaking strain of the line and recomended rod,in your case it would be in the region of 9.5 to 10kg it can safely be set to maximum drag, without risk of breaking and still utilising the full potential of the rod. Dont forget that any leaders used must be heavier than the mainline or it may break. Always use plenty of line on reel as without the ability to break the line, if the fish should be a monster and take all your line off the reel, it can then destroy your reel. You can select option to cut the line in this situation but I can say that I have never had to cut it. If done correctly only the reel should reach the verry top of the red zone and the rod and line should reach a max at one or two segments from the top.

Happy Fishing for the big ones.

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The one warning you must not ignore is if it says lure or bait is too heavy for rod as this will result in rod breaking on a full cast.

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I am not sure if I completly understand this, best for me is an example given:
Rod: JigWinner 270, line weight 1.5 - 6 kg
Line: Fluoro 0.30 Test 5.5 kg
Reel: Prima 3000 Max. Drag 4.0 kg (8 settings)

Can I use the reel even in the highest (8th) setting - which sets the drag to 4.0 kg - without breaking anything unless the fish takes all the line (AKA spooling)?
 

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3 hours ago, Yuccasu said:

I am not sure if I completly understand this, best for me is an example given:
Rod: JigWinner 270, line weight 1.5 - 6 kg
Line: Fluoro 0.30 Test 5.5 kg
Reel: Prima 3000 Max. Drag 4.0 kg (8 settings)

Can I use the reel even in the highest (8th) setting - which sets the drag to 4.0 kg - without breaking anything unless the fish takes all the line (AKA spooling)?
 

Yes. As long as your output dragforce is less or equal to the weakest link in your setup you are fine. In this case your line of 5.5kg. You could even use a reel with the max drag of 21kg if you would like, as long as your drag doesnt go above "5.5kg" (in this case). 

A reel with max 21kg that you can adjust in 12 steps (as an example only) would mean it applies (21kg/12steps = 1.75kg) 1.75kg per step, so 3:rd step in the drag would be 1.75kgx3 = 5.25kg of drag, and would also be fine with the 5.5kg line. Would apply for instance 5.51kg of drag, then its gonna break. 
And if you were to have your 6kg rod with a 7kg line on it, then your rod would be the "weakest link", and the same math applies to that, keep the output drag less or equal to "6kg".

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