Baitcasting for Beginners

Some enthusiasts who love fishing may feel like they could never learn to use a baitcaster. It just seems complicated when compared to spincast and spinning reels. The big benefit to using baitcast gear is the mechanical advantage and more control. With the correct setup and a little bit of practice, modern baitcast technology prevents backlashes over reels made four or five years ago. As a beginner, here are some points to keep in mind.

Quality Equipment

Generally, more expensive reels cast easier because they have higher quality components. If you do not have a big budget but still want good quality, purchasing a reel at around $100 should provide you with adequate features to get started. Once you have your reel, it is important to find a good rod. To make casting easier, match your reel to a 6-6 or 6-10 medium heavy rod. For line, start at 10 pound and above. Baitcast reels do not work well with light line. Read the instructions that come with your reel in order to adjust the centrifugal brakes. You will want to set the brake to 0. Set up your rod and reel so you can practice before going out on the water.

Practice Makes Perfect

Hold the rod at 11 o’clock, press down on the thumb bar and keep pressure on the line spool with your thumb. Adjust the tension knob to a point where the lure falls slowly and smoothly when you jiggle the rod tip. Try casts in the backyard. Tie 3/8 ounce spinnerbait that is easy to see. Start off with small sidearm casts and throw a short distance. With each cast try to maintain some pressure on the spool. As you feel more confident, relax the pressure on the spool and increase your distance with the goal of eventually casting overhand. When you get on the water, it will feel like second nature and you will be well on your way to scoring your first big catch.


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