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ijust bought my first baitcasting reel and im looking for some tips on casting...i took it out for the first time and when the l

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  • ijust bought my first baitcasting reel and im looking for some tips on casting...i took it out for the first time and when the l

    ijust bought my first baitcasting reel and im looking for some tips on casting...i took it out for the first time and when the lure hit the water all the line would unravel how do you stop that?...thanks

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    Once you depress the button on the back of your reel your line free spools. Meaning nothing will stop it from spinning. You have to control the spool with your thumb. When you cast, lay you thumb lightly on the spool. Not enough to stop it but to control how much line goes out. When your lure hits the water you MUST stop the spool at the same time. Another thing is you have to adjust the clutch on the side of your reel as well. if it is set for casting a light lure and you put a heaver lure on your spool will turn faster than you line can come off making a birds nest. You should be able to read in your owners manual how to adjust your clutch nob.

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    • #3
      turn the real one time and that will lock your spool into place so no line comes out.

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      • #4
        Rabbit police 88, very well put, it's something that is hard to teach and harder to explain but you did a very good job of it.

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        • #5
          Go to this web site- it is the best tutorial out there:

          http://www.fishing-tackle-repair.com/education/baitcaster-setup-101.html

          Then go and watch this video to learn the best way to clear a back lash:
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDI5kwR5zjc

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          • #6
            I agree, rabbitpolice88 did a great job with his explanation. One thing I'd like to add is that I adjust the clutch so that if I'm holding the rod out in front of me and press the button the weight of the lure should just be enough to pull line out at a slow rate. I've found that if it drops like it would if I just dropped the lure it is too loose and I get a nest. I think lighter lures are more difficult to cast with a bait caster.

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            • #7
              haha yeah its a bit of a tricky business at first... like sharkfin said, if you are using really light lures or fishing in high wind, grab a spinning rod and save yourself some trouble.

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              • #8
                It is maddening! Getting used to "stopping" the spool w/ my thumb when the lure hits the water is the toughest part for me. I can tell that I won't be casting many light lures w/mine.

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                • #9
                  Agreed with rabbitpolice88 answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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