Using a Baitcaster is hard work and requires a lot of practice but with precision and the right technique, you can master it. You need to understand that it will not happen overnight and you definitely need to keep using it a couple of times and slowly but surely you will be able to use it with ease every time.
Basics to casting a Baitcaster
Baitcaster, unlike other reels, has a free spinning spool that means when you release the button that spool is going to unwind and you need to put your finger on there and hold it steady, wind back, make a cast and release the spool. It is going to let the line out and as the line starts to hit the water, you need to put your finger back on that spool and stop it. If you do not stop the spool with your thumb it’s going to keep on going and the line is going to get backed up and form a birds nest known as backlash.
Baitcasters for Beginners Made Easy
When making a cast using a Baitcaster most beginners jam their thumb on to the spool this happens mostly when you freak out when casting.
Imagine you are driving a car and want to stop, you do not just slam the breaks hard instead you gently push the breaks and bring the car to a stop and the same principle applies when casting with baitcasters.
The best way to use a baitcaster is to make your cast and watch your bait, when it hits the apex and starts its fall down that is when you slowly start applying pressure to the spool and as it hits the water that’s when you slowly stop the spool.
The first time I got a bait caster I cut a golf ball in half with a hacksaw and screw and eyelet into it and practiced on the local soccer fields. I recommend starting with monofilament as it’s easier to get birds nest out and cheaper. 10-12lb won’t tangle as easily as 6-8lb test. It took me weeks to get it down. And I’m still not a master after using them for 8+ years.
Tips to follow when using Baitcaster for the first time
- Turn the dial to max: There is a little dial on the side on your Baitcaster and I would recommend if you are starting out then turn it all the way to max. This will slow down that spool, you will not be able to cast really far but since you are starting with it I recommend practicing with this setting and as you get better slowly dial it back.
- Get good baitcasting reel: Use quality reels, not junk and it’s easy to learn.
- Managing backlash: Strip out a 100 yards of line and place a piece of tape in the spool (It doesn’t matter what kind of tape you use) now crank the line back line. This way if you do mess up and get a backlash, it would only backlash as far as that piece of tape and you will save a lot of money on fishing line.
Final Advice on Using Baitcasting Reel
I use my spinning reel like a Baitcaster with the braided line it flys as far as I want it to and when it goes too far I cup my hand around the running string right above the spool. I can throw it right up to the bank on the other side even if its a bit far
The biggest trick is setting the spool so that when you free spool your lure falls in a slow and steady pace, it doesn’t just drop.
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