Shimano Torsa Rapid Fire Quick Change Drag Cam System
Shimano's Rapid Fire Quick Change Drag Cam System enables the versatile Torsa reel to cater to specific fishing techniques.
|Kingfish Special||Kingfish Trolling||10-20||Optimal 0.0|
|20# Sailfish Special||Sailfish Tournaments and Recreational Angling||20||Optimal 0.0|
Shimano's Rapid Fire Quick Change Drag Cam System enables the versatile Torsa reel to cater to specific fishing techniques. By inserting one of 9 available Rapid Fire drag cams, you completely change how the reel is set up to fish within a matter of seconds. No tools required, and no screws to fall onto the deck of the boat.
Shimano Torsa Rapid Fire Drag Cam Details
- White Marlin Special
This cam will be used to drop back baits to White Marlin in the Mid-Atlantic to North East regions of the United States. The curve, when set at a target Strike drag of 8 pounds will provide 1/4 pound of drag from warning to the 1/2 position. This allows the angler to quickly drop the tension on a running fish while using light line. The fighting area of the curve is from 1/2 to Strike. The section of the curve from Strike to Full is very steep to provide a heavy drag setting of 15 pounds to quickly end the fight on a subdued fish for more successful releases.
- Kingfish Special
This is a shallow curve designed for Kingfish. Kingfishing involves light lines and light drag pressures so that the hooks do not rip from the fish’s mouth. It is a very gradual curve to give anglers extra adjustability with a target Strike drag of 4 pounds. The range of settings with this curve are from 3-5 pounds at Strike which is optimal for use with 10-20 pound test. There is also a large flat spot after warning to be used to aid the clicker when trolling and to allow the angler to quickly back off of the drag on a running fish without dropping into freespool.
- Chunk Fishing Special
This cam will be used when fishing for Tuna with chunk baits in the Northeastern United States. Chunk fishing typically is performed in heavy currents. The slow ramp from Warning to 1/2 is designed to hold the float and chunk in the current. For small baits/floats in light current the Warning position is optimal. When baits are bigger or currents are stronger, the angler can move up to the 1/4 position to hold the bait in place. The sudden steep section allows the angler to quickly get enough drag for a solid hookset. Optimal Strike drag settings range from 5-7 pounds.
- 20# Sailfish Special
This cam was designed using feedback during initial Torsa field testing at the Master's Tournament in Cancun, Mexico. With input from Master's Tournament anglers Stewart Campbell, Tom Greene and Bill Buckland, we created the S.F.S. 20 cam. Optimized for 20 pound test line, it features a low, gradual area from warning to the half position that begins at 1/4 pound of drag to allow the angler minimal tension on the line when the fish bites and to allow the angler to quickly back off the drag on a running fish. The steep section from the 1/2 position to the full position allows the target strike setting of 6 pounds, while providing a full setting of 10 pounds.
- Long Range Special
This cam comes standard on all sizes of Torsa® reels. It is an “all-around” curve with many uses. The L.R.S. curve was originally designed for the Tiagra® for anglers on the Long Range boats out of San Diego. These anglers required high maximum drag capabilities in smaller reels to catch large Yellowfin Tuna in standup situations. The result is a steep curve to allow use of heavy lines while maintaining freespool.
- 6# Light Line Special
Similar in concept to the L.L.S. 12# Cam, the L.L.S. 6# curve is optimized for 6# test. It is best suited for 6-10# line. This will primarily be used by world record seeking anglers using extremely light line. When set to 2-3 pounds of drag at Strike, the warning position will be between 0.15 and 0.25 pounds and remain relatively flat to the 1/2 position. This will allow the angler to safely back off drag pressure on a running fish without falling into freespool, backlashing and losing the fish.
- 12# Light Line Special
This light line cam is optimized for 12# monofilament. It is designed for anglers in tournaments with line limits or bonus point situations for line class. The Warning position provides 1/4 pound of drag and remains relatively flat to the 1/2 position. This is to allow the angler to quickly back off of the drag on a running fish without accidentally dropping into freespool. While higher drag can be used, the curve is not optimal for that type of fishing, as by raising the preset Strike drag above the target settings will result in a loss of freespool. Without a light line specific drag curve, anglers who use traditional curves may find that the reel will go into freespool between the Warning and 1/2 positions, which results in a loss of drag adjustability.
- 20# Bottom Fishing Special
This curve will be used in wreck or reef fishing situations where the angler is moving large fish away from structure. When fishing, the angler needs to place a tremendous amount of drag on the fish to move it away from the structure quickly. As soon as the angler moves the fish or turns it’s head, he will then quickly back off the drag to the Strike position at 1/3-1/2 the breaking strength of the line. From here until he lands the fish, he will fight it with a traditional drag range and not go back into the full position again, unless the fish begins to run back into the structure. This cam allows a very high Full position setting, but quickly backs off to a safe area at the Strike setting so that the angler does not accidentally back off too much drag.
- 50# Bottom Fishing Special
This curve will primarily be used in the Gulf of Mexico when bottom fishing next to heavy structure like Oil Platforms. Typically, when a fish bites, the boat runs away from the structure to set the hook and to move the fish away from the structure to reduce cut offs. The angler places a tremendous amount of drag on the fish to move it away from the structure quickly at the risk of breaking the line. As soon as the angler moves the fish or turns it’s head, he will then quickly back off the drag to the Strike position at 1/3-1/2 the breaking strength of the line. The flat area just before until just after the Strike position allows the angler to quickly get back to the Strike setting without having to worry if they have gone too far or not far enough. This cam is ideal for 50-80 pound test.
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