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The Quantum fishing reel company manufactures both spinning and baitcasting reels. Although anglers can manually adjust both styles of reels to some extent, they have much more control over baitcasting reels. As a result, baitcasters are popular among experienced fishermen, especially those who target large species of fish. While bass and walleye anglers, for example, can use both spinning and baitcasting reels, muskie and northern pike anglers, in general, stick with baitcasting reels.
Items you will need
Rod and reel
Place the Quantum spinning reel on a spinning rod. Ensure the rod and reel combination is spooled with line.
Tie a 1/4-oz. lure to the end of the line.
Tighten the drag as tight as it will go. The drag on Quantum spinning reels is controlled by a knob on the very top of the reel. Turning the knob clockwise tightens it. Once it is fully tightened, turn the knob counterclockwise two times to loosen it slightly. The reel should give some line with a firm tug.
Place the Quantum baitcasting reel on a baitcasting rod. You can tell a baitcasting rod by the trigger-shaped handle that sits underneath the reel seat. Ensure there is fishing line on the rod and reel.
Tie a lure weighing 3/8ths of an ounce to 1 ounce on the end of the line.
Find the drag, which is a star-shaped piece of plastic or metal on the reel handle and turn it clockwise to tighten it. Turn the drag until you cannot turn it anymore and then turn it counterclockwise a couple of times to loosen it. The drag should be just tight enough that it takes a firm tug to make it release line.
Locate the magnetic resistance control on the side of the reel opposite from the handle. The control is a circular dial that can be adjusted. To tighten the magnetic control, turn the dial clockwise. To loosen it, turn the dial counterclockwise. The more magnetic resistance there is, the more control you have over the spool, but the less distance you will be able to cast. The less the resistance, the more freely the spool spins and the longer you can cast. To start with, set the magnetic resistance at about the halfway mark and loosen it as you become more comfortable casting the reel.
Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.