How To Setup A Baitcasting Reel – Rod Reels

Setup A Baitcasting Reel

Have you switch to Baitcasting reel? Are you having trouble in setting up your new Baitcasting reel? With Baitcasting reel dealing with backlashes is frustrating. It is easy to setup Baitcasting reel and it is the first step in becoming a pro. As there are different kinds of fishing reels.

To learn how to set up a Baitcasting reel let’s go through the whole process step by step:

Learn setting up baitcasting reels

Step # 1 – Choosing Baitcasting Line

Choosing the best line for Baitcasting is important. If you select lines with fluorocarbon or braid you can save some buck but they may give you nasty backlashes.

We recommend you to select 12 or 15-pound mono filament line for Baitcasting. Mono reel is as brilliant as fluorocarbon reels but it doesn’t strike back and frustrate you.

Never fill the reel to the max in the spool. Keep it under the edge of the spool. If you fill the reel to the maximum there are chances that it will overrun on the outer layers of line. Now, attach lure of 0.75 or 0.25 Oz.

Step # 2 – Setting The Spool Tension

The tension knob is a small dial and it is on the side of the handle. Adjusting the tension knob is crucial for smooth casting and tasty results.

Firstly, all you need to is hold the rob at 2’O clock position and lure up until you get 8 to 13-inches of line out.

Secondly, tighten the tension knob keep doing it until you feel little pressure. After tightening the knob push the thumb bar and let the bait go. There should only be two possibilities, your bait should either drop slowly or not at all. Release the pressure and let the bait fall on its own.

Finally, reel up and repeat the process until your bait hits the ground in 2 to 3 seconds. When tension is set you won’t get line overrun.

Remember! Every time you change the lure make sure to set the tension with the process given above.

Step # 3 – Setup Your Baitcasting Reel Adjusting Brakes

Adjusting brakes is the trickiest part in Baitcasting reels. There are two different types of brakes i.e. centrifugal and magnetic. Each brand has different designs of brakes which mean they perform differently.

· Centrifugal Brakes

These brakes have small weights inside which are on the side of the plates. Small weights activate the brakes.

When you open the braking system and get inside the plates there is evenly arrangement of colored pegs. In a centrifugal braking system, you can move them in or out. The out means that more weights you put outside the more centrifugal force it will generate. This force will help slow down the reel. Setup your baitcasting reel centrifugal brakes smoothly.

Remember! You should set the weights in symmetrical patterns which will balance the braking system.

· Set Magnetic Brake On Baitcaster

As compared to centrifugal brakes magnetic brakes are easier to understand. These brakes use a dial outside the reel side plates for its adjustment. The dial has the reading of min to max which is 1 to 10. If you put the brakes on higher settings the more brake will be enabled.

Tip: Beginners can set the brakes to 7 to 8 but with practice, you’ll come to 2 and 3.

Step # 4 – Drag Setting

Setup a baitcasting reel is simple. There is a star-shaped dial between the reel body and the reel handle. If you turn the star forward it will tighten the drag and if you turn it towards you it will loosen it. Keep the drag tight enough so that it doesn’t slip away, and keep it loose enough so that it won’t give all away.

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