How To Use a Baitcast Reel
Fishing can be intimidating for those who have never held a fishing rod in their entire life, especially if they are trying it out for the first time at a very late age. But with a little practice, and tips from experts, you will get the hang of fishing in no time.
One of the first methods that you will want to perfect is baitcasting. Baitcasting involves the use of live bait or artificial lures and of course, a baticasting reel. It is always a good idea to invest in a mid to high-end baitcaster, as the cheaper versions are usually low in quality and will just frustrate your efforts.
Once you find a baitcasting reel that you are comfortable using, use a heavy monofilament line to spool your reel. Using a heavy line will make learning, and dealing with backlashes, a whole lot easier. Ideally, you should only have a half a spool or one fourth or half an inch of spool. The reason for this is that too much spool makes the reel spin faster, thereby resulting in what they call backlashes or overruns.
Here are some exercises you can do at home before heading out on your first fishing trip. After learning how to spool your baitcasting reel, the next step is training your thumb to control the spool. To do this, just tie a one-ounce sinker onto your line and allow the spool to loosen and just as the sinker is about to hit the floor, stop the reel from spinning with your thumb.
Remember that baitcasters work best with heavier lures. If you are going to use a lure that weighs one fourth of an ounce or less, you probably want to work with a spincaster, as opposed to a baitcaster. Baitcasting is used for catching bigger and heavier species of fish, thus heavier lures are required. This is why baitcasting reels are specifically designed for heavy lures.
When you have learned to control the spin of the reel with your thumb, the next step is learning how to actually cast your lure or bait. To do this, you must position your thumb on top of the spool and click the release button to set the line free. When casting the lure, make sure your thumb is pressing the spool.
Then, using your entire arm, make a swinging motion to do a lob cast. Start out doing short lob casts and progress to making longer lobs. You should also rotate the reel while you are casting. Make sure that the reel is in a vertical position with the handle facing upwards. You should use the power from your wrist while you are casting forward.
Finally, press your thumb on the spool gently while the lure is moving toward the area you are targeting. Once the lure is in its proper place, press the spool tightly to stop the lure from moving. And voila! You have successfully learned how to cast a baitcasting reel.
It might take some time to perfect your baitcasting skills. And as with all things, practice makes perfect. That is why it is essential to keep practicing at home, with the exercises described above, while you are just learning hot to cast a baitcaster reel. Enjoy!
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