Setting up baitcasting reels can be very frustrating for the first time. There are several things you should know before setting up a baitcasting reel. Once you learn them, you will see why they are becoming very popular. Baitcasting reels work best with a heavier line and they are designed to catch larger fish like marlin. However, fishermen started using them in freshwater lakes, especially for largemouth bass and other large fish. If you are experiencing some casting problems with your reel, just relax, there is no need to be scared or shy away from baitcasting reel, particularly a well-made one, which can make a difference in your catch rate. In this article, we will focus on how to set up a baitcasting reel, and if you can remember these few steps and apply them, you will not have any problem with how to cast a baitcasting Reel. To set up a baitcasting reel is not as difficult as it seems. The experience of fishing with a wrongly set bait caster reel is annoying and disappointing. The following steps are useful for anyone who has problems in setting up his baitcasting reel. Keep in mind that using a bait caster requires a few skills, patience and experience. The more you practice, the more you will learn and be able to use a bait caster with ease. Choosing a line
Choosing a line
is the first important decision after having a baitcasting reel in your hands, and if you are not used to using one, you should go for monofilament. Starting with a fluorocarbon or braid is going to increase your frustrations. This is because fluorocarbons are stiffer than monofilament, and have high cases of line breakage as well. For these reasons, I would recommend 12lb or 15 lb monofilament line which is most effective, especially for novice users, with a monofilament line; you are going to catch the same amount of fish that would have caught if you used fluorocarbon with much ease.
Setting Spoon Tension
Spool the reel with a new line, do not fill it to the edge, and leave at least 1/8 of an inch from the lip. These few tips alone will save you a lot of problems. The right set of the tension knob is the first step towards a perfect bait casting reel setting for easy and smooth casting. Adjust the rod to fifteen degrees in a clockwise direction. Then reel the lure to a distance of ten inches from the line. Give the handle a light pressure tight. Then release the thumb bar and the lure. Your lure should be dropping little by little. And then, slowly, release the pressure on the strain knob until the lure begins to fall on its own. Reel up and bang again until the lure falls slowly to the bottom within two or three seconds.
Adjusting the Brake System
There are three kinds of brakes among which the user has to choose. The magnetic brake, the hybrid brake, and the centrifugal brake. Knowing how to adjust the brake is the hardest part of setting a baitcasting reel. The adjustment will depend on the selection of brake systems. The magnetic brake should be adjusted on a dial measured from one to ten. The centrifuge brake should be adjusted using a symmetrical pattern. The hybrid brake system uses the combined technologies of both magnetic brakes and centrifugal brake. So it should be adjusted in a similar way as both. Then attach a casting bait to the line, set the external brake by turning the brake handle fully clockwise. Place the reel in a free spool and relax the brake handle pending when the bait moves slowly to the ground. Adjust the brake with a scale. Turn the star brake clockwise to tighten it. Place the brake at 25 to 30 percent of the line’s developing strength.
Setting the Drag
Setting the drag on a baitcasting reel is very easy. The position between the reel handle and the body is where the drag setting occurs. There is a striking star-shaped dial used for this purpose. The star dial is turned on to tighten the dial. Also, the star dial is turned in a reverse direction to loosen the dial. The objective of setting the drag is to make it stiff enough to not slip once it is set on off-hook. However, it should not be so tight that it can break the hook.
Testing how to cast a bait casting reel
Now that you have completed the adjustment steps above, it is time to do some cast tests. Be sure you set the spool tension and brakes. Start by making a slow cast and watch the reel movement. Increase the strength and the speed of your cast as you familiarize more with the bait caster. If the air is windy think of turning on the brakes. Practice a lot and when you detect a problem with the setting, you can repeat the process. Lastly, never jerk your rod, as this will make your lure to move slower than your line off the spool and trigger the dreadful “Backlash”. If you do not know what backlash is, it is when your spool over feeds and your line becomes entangled. This is a common complaint with baitcasters, and with the right technique, you can avoid this problem. Use your thumb as a brake against the spool when casting. Simply press the lever down with your thumb and keep your thumb on the spool to prevent your lure from falling. Then, with a good smooth motion, cast and when your bait hits the water, press your thumb against the spool again to avoid overfeeding or backlash.