Re: new guy and never really fished before
In my opinion, a premade tapered leader is very unnecessary when fishing for average warm water species. For bass in areas with weeds and lily pads, I would use 4-5ft of 16lb tippet as the leader, then tie on 2-3ft of 12lb tippet as the actual tippet. If you don't have a lot of weeds or stuff to worry about, you can go lighter on both ends.
Also, for average warm water species, your drag setting will only serve to keep the reel from free spooling when you pull line out.