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Old 04-16-2013, 03:57 PM
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I have a baitcast reel that i have been trying to use, im kinda new to them. It always birdnests when i try to cast it, does anyone have any tips? it's kind of frustrating, so any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:18 PM
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I can moderately throw one, play with the tightness of the spool and just practice is the best thing I can tell ya. Oh and to set the spool, hold the rod up and release the spool, then adjust the tightness until the bait slowly falls to the ground
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:22 PM
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i'd say to start with the drag setting, exactly like kurt said ^^^ and then just practice with short & slow casts. learn to be quick & accurate with your thumb... just practice like anything else!

never throw as hard as you can... gotta let the weight of the lure pull the line out.

point the end of the rod towards the lure after the release. you want the rate of the line out to match the speed of the spool.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:31 PM
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I have a baitcast reel that i have been trying to use, im kinda new to them. It always birdnests when i try to cast it, does anyone have any tips? it's kind of frustrating, so any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
Tighten the spool tensioner and adjust the brakes. Have your lure on and let it drop free spool. Tighten the tensioner until it slows to about half the speed. Put the brakes on all the way and go from there. I taught myself in about 3 hours

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I can moderately throw one, play with the tightness of the spool and just practice is the best thing I can tell ya. Oh and to set the spool, hold the rod up and release the spool, then adjust the tightness until the bait slowly falls to the ground
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I've been fishing with baitcasts for almost 5 years and I can flip, pitch, left hand cast and right hand cast. Takes some getting used to when you go from a reel with different gear ratios. My curado has a 7.1:1 and my citica has a 6.1:1

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Old 04-16-2013, 06:34 PM
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the main reason i went to baitcast is because of the gear ratio lol
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:38 PM
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the main reason i went to baitcast is because of the gear ratio lol
Yea I used to just use spincast...then I grew up and used real reels. I love my curado

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Old 04-16-2013, 06:57 PM
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Alright thanks for the tips guys, Ill go out and mess with it...hopefully i'll get the hang of it
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:59 PM
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Alright thanks for the tips guys, Ill go out and mess with it...hopefully i'll get the hang of it
Hardest part is getting the thumbing right. I don't have to put mine down until right before the lure hits the water. You have to be familiar with the reel.

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Old 04-16-2013, 07:40 PM
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You guy cover it all, but my one recomendation is while you are still learning is dont spool it up 100% full of line. Put about half of the possible line on it. That makes fixing birds nest easier and idk it was just easier for me to learn with.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:41 PM
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You guy cover it all, but my one recomendation is while you are still learning is dont spool it up 100% full of line. Put about half of the possible line on it. That makes fixing birds nest easier and idk it was just easier for me to learn with.
Waste less line if you really nest it up too

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Old 04-17-2013, 06:12 AM
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haha - good idea about the half spool lol

one more thing, use the recommended weight lure for the rod that you've got. for me, too light/heavy lures give me a quick birdnest lol
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:06 AM
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haha - good idea about the half spool lol

one more thing, use the recommended weight lure for the rod that you've got. for me, too light/heavy lures give me a quick birdnest lol
Yes very true, i use to just practice with bell weights in my back yard
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:26 AM
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I got my first baitcaster a couple years ago. Threw washers around the backyard to get the hang of it. Its still frustrating at times, I can cast all day with no issues then bam! Birdsnest from hell, wasted line and a bad mood. I stick to my spinning reels most of the time.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:50 AM
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haha - good idea about the half spool lol

one more thing, use the recommended weight lure for the rod that you've got. for me, too light/heavy lures give me a quick birdnest lol
The tensioner plays a big part in that too. I can cast 1/2oz lures all the way up my big ass 4oz home made mega-pike lure with my Pflueger.

It's too easy nowadays to use them, IMO. Get you one from the 1950's, before all the magnets and brakes and stuff. Once you master that, you can use any reel there is. lol.
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