How To Use A Baitcaster Fishing Reel

Baitcaster Reel Tips

When it comes to fishing, can an angler ever have too many reels? Most anglers that we know would answer that with a definite, “No.” There is, however, one model that tends to strike fear into the hearts of many avid fishermen – the Baitcaster Reel.

That’s not surprising – it is completely different to your standard spinning gear and a whole lot more difficult to use. At Find More Outdoors we believe despite that it’s worth giving it a try.

Why You Should Try it Anyway

What makes this worth learning to use is the complete control that it allows you when you are involved in precision presentations. Mechanically, this little wonder is the perfect competition piece and, once you learn how to use it, you’ll think so to.

The Tech Has Improved

It also pays to remember that the models coming out today are a lot easier to use than those of a few years ago. Manufacturers have been working on reducing backlash, so the experience is now becoming more comfortable.

How to Get it Right

  • Start with the right equipment: If you can afford one of the more expensive models, you will have a much easier time of it. If your budget doesn’t stretch quite that far, expect to pay around $100 for something that gives you decent results.
  • Get the right match: In terms of your rod, that is. Look at a medium heavy rod around 6-6 to 6-10 for the most versatility.
  • Use the right line: These are monster reels in that they won’t do well with anything lighter than 10 pounds. Using the right line weight is going to make the most improvement for you. Try a monofilament 17-pound line to get the perfect balance.
  • Set it up properly: The newer models have adjustable braking systems that act on centrifugal force on one side, with a tension knob under the handle of the reel on the other. DO read the instruction manual on how you can adjust these settings. The brake should be at zero.
  • Now, position your rod: At the 11 o’clock position and then press the thumb bar down so hat the line spool is controlled by your thumb. Juggle the top of the rod and adjust the tension settings so that your lure moves in a slow, fluid motion to the ground.
  • Your next step: Now adjust the brake setting to around 75% again. You will know how to do this because you read your instruction manual.
  • Play around a little before you take it out: Practice off your back porch. Use a spinnerbait that you can see easily; it should be no heaver than 3/8 of an ounce, Tie it on and practice using your sidearm. The aim is not to cast far, but rather accurately. As you improve, cast further.
  • Once you are confident that you can control the reel: Do start using it overhand and then you can consider going to the water.
  • Remember: To adjust the tension when you change the lure’s weight.


And there you have it – now you get to have your friends look at you with awe and proclaim, “You make that look so easy.” Have fun with your new skill!

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