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How to Get Distance With a Baitcaster Reel

by Larry Anderson
Fishermen cast for bass with baitcaster reels.

Fishermen cast for bass with baitcaster reels.

Anglers who want to fish with baitcaster reels must practice to become proficient with them. Although you can adjust the reels manually and use them to fish with large lures, baitcaster reels also backlash, which requires you to untangle the line or replace the line on the reel altogether. Backlash, which occurs when the spool turns but no line goes off the reel, is an especially frequent problem when anglers try casting their lures long distances. However, you can minimize the risk of backlash occurring while maximizing your casting distance.

1.

Tie a Palomar knot to connect to the line a lure that is compact and weights at least 3/8 oz. Position yourself so you cast with the wind.

2.

Find the circular knob on the opposite side of the reel from the handle. Some reels have a dial instead of a knob. Turn the dial or knob counterclockwise as far as possible.

3.

Push the baitcaster's thumb bar down with your thumb. Immediately place your thumb on the reel's spool to prevent it from spinning.

4.

Hold the reel where it connects to the rod with one hand. Grab the butt of the rod with your other hand. Bring the rod and reel over your shoulder, continuing until it is at a 45-degree angle with your back. Then move the rod and reel forward in a casting motion.

5.

Snap your wrist forward and remove your thumb from the spool once the rod and reel travel past your casting shoulder. Hold your thumb just above the spool.

6.

Push down on the spool lightly just before the lure hits the water. As soon as it hits, press down firmly with your thumb to stop the spool from spinning.

Items you will need

  • Rod and reel
  • Line
  • Lure

About the Author

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.

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