I read it everywhere. "I can't cast my baitcasting reel for the life of me". I read complaints that the lure just falls at the anglers feet. The lure is going to the right or left, outside of the casting path. I read the answers that some of the same novice baitcasters are getting and it blows me away. So for those of you that are having problems with professional overruns, bird nest, backlashes, whatever you want to call them. I am going to try and get you started in the right direction. With the basic setup for a baitcasting reel. There is a whole lot of technical information you are shown on other source pages, that I feel confuses the new angler, and even the experienced spinning angler that is trying to learn how to use a baitcasting reel.
OK, you have a new baitcasting reel just out of the box. You have your new baitcast fishing rod (or old one). You have placed the reel on your rod and you have spooled your favorite line on to it. Now you take and add a casting plug to it.
|Ok now enough of that because now you want an answer to Bait-cast Reel Setup. So lets get to it|
|First we want to cover the braking systems. If you have an old Abu Garcia C when you remove the spool you see the (2) two blocks sitting on the post, remove these for now.
If you have a newer Daiwa reel take and set your magnet dial to zero. If you are using a newer Shimano reel use your turnkey dial to access your spools brakes and turn them off. Now if you are using a newer Quantum reel take and set your brake dial to "Free"
|When you are asked to hit the free spool, you will push the button or thumbar and slide your thumb down onto the spool to hold the spool from turning.|
Disclaimer: This is just a starting point for beginners and is not etched in stone..
Now you have re-adjusted your cast control. Set the plug at the 6" mark again and repeat the process. Do this until you have the plug falling to the ground or floor without the spool turning more than 1/2 turn. For a beginner I would set the cast control tighter so that when the plug hits the ground or floor without the spool turning more than 1/4 turn (that's pretty tight).
Ok once you get the plug to fall to the ground or floor and the spools rotation stops at 1/4 - 1/2 turn consistently (more than once), you have achieved the correct cast control starting place for the weight practice plug or lure you intend to use.
Now it is time to go back to your brakes, whether they are magnetic, centrificale, or other, you now want to set them at about 50%. On a centrificale brake I would set it to an even number to start. On a magnetic brake system I would start at 5 on the dial. For those of you that have to remove the side plate to set your brakes, set them and replace the plate. You should now have the cast control and brakes set for the weight of the practice plug or lure you intend to use.
How To Get A Smart Thumb
Time To Cast Your Practice Plug.
Keep casting like this until you feel comfortable and are hitting the target you picked, then moving further away, start making longer and longer cast. Gradually loosen up on the cast control knob until you have to stop the spool with your thumb, just like you practiced (watching TV). Once you get confident using the exact to heavier weight practice plug, try lighter weights and learn different ways to cast.
|A tip : "The reel should be vertical, with the handle facing up, at the end of the cast".|