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Old 07-05-2002, 22:32   #1
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Fishing with new baitcast

Well went fishing with my new abu garcia tonight. Caught a
17.5" large mouth bass Unfortantly it wasnt with my new
reel backlashed that dude something terrible, twice
in fact;t ;t ;t So I gave up on that one for the evening and
fished with my spincast, and caught Mr. Bass on that one.
So how do I cast this new reel without the backlash?

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Old 07-06-2002, 00:14   #2
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a baitcaster can be a very tricky reel without practice.

first thing to do, attach the normal lure that your going to use. press the release and see how fast it decends, for a baitcaster it should decend slowly and smoothly. when the lure hits the floor the spool should stop. if it doesn't stop simply tighten the adjustment knob on the right side of the reel then repeat the process until the spool stops once the lure stops. now that your reel is tuned it's time to work on educating your thumb.

baitcast reels do take a certain amount of feel inwhich to become comfortable with them. best way to start is with a sidearm cast, this will give you the best control as it's usually a slower arc than an overhand cast. let your thumb ride the spool very lightly, not to shorten the cast but just enough to feel the spool turning. once you see your lure hit the water press on the spool to stop it, if you don't the spool will continue to turn and cause your backlash.

best piece of advice though is to practice with it. alot of people will take a spin rod along and end up using it since they have problems with the baitcasters. just keep plugging along and you'll get it.
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Old 07-06-2002, 00:50   #3
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Even if you live right on the lake and can practice there, get a hookless practice plug and cast on your lawn or in a park. Once you get a handle on preventing backlash, try for accuracy first and distance second. Put a pie plate or something similar out on the lawn and work on hitting it from increasing distances. Then do it with a cereal bowl or other small bowl.

Have fun. A few bird's nest backlashes are just the price of admission.
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