January 3, 2018

How to Use a Baitcasting Reel

There are several reasons why majority of anglers prefer a baitcasting reel over a spinning or spincasting reel. A baitcasting reel is much easier to control and it has superior mechanical advantages. That's why it is the standard gear commonly used for bass fishing. The reel is also best suited for fishing large freshwater species like northern pikes, muskellunge, and large-mouth bass. However, using the reel can be a bit difficult and frustrating if you are just a beginner. With that said, below is a quick guide on how to use a baitcasting reel:

Reeling in the Line
The standard procedure here is that you should reel the line until your lure or bait is between six and twelve inches away from the tip of your cast rod. If you are using a bobber or a sinker, the distance between it and the tip of the rod should also be between six and twelve inches. It's also important that you hold the reel properly. When you grip the rod, your thumb should be resting just above the reel spool. This makes it easier for you to control the rod during the reeling process.

Turning the Rod and Pressing the Release Button
When you turn the rod, make sure that the handle of the rod is pointing upwards. This enables you to easily use your wrist when you cast the reel. You use your thumb to press on the release bar which is located behind the spool to control your cast. This release bar is available in most models of baitcasting reels today. It takes time to perfect the method but you can easily learn it with a lot of practice.

Positioning the Line
To properly position the reel line, you have to bend your casting arm at the elbow nearly to a right angle. As you bend your arm, you have to raise the rod to the point that the tip is almost vertical. With this position, it will be easier for you to cast the reel with ease.

Braking the Line
When you see your bait or lure reaching the target, you must immediately press on the reel spool with your thumb. This brakes the line. If you brake too early or too late, you will miss your target. The spool will either roll excessively or it comes short of the target. Again, it takes time for you to master braking the line.

In conclusion, learning how to use a baitcasting reel requires patience and a lot of practice. Of course, the quality and model of the reel will also affect your progress. It's important that if you are a beginner, you should start practicing using standard procedures in using the reel. Following the tips and procedures discussed above should help you get started on the right direction.