Spending Wisely on Your Baitcasting Reel
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Fishing can be both entertaining and rewarding, provided that the basics are mastered prior to setting off on your fishing expedition. Using a baitcasting reel in 2014 can make casting a whole lot easier once the correct steps and instructions are carefully followed. Baitcasting employs the use of lures or live bait and a baitcaster reel to fish. Three of the main steps required to master this art include spooling, controlling and casting. With proper understanding and mastery of these steps, you will be off to a good start!
Spooling: this step is of extreme importance since it involves the selection of a specific caliber and weight of fishing line. Usually, a heavy mono-filament line is used for spooling baitcaster reels. One of the major advantages of the use of heavy mono-filament lines is the fact that they make learning a lot easier, while preventing the occurrence of backlashes. In addition, approximately half a spool of line is recommended since bigger spools of fishing lines causes the fishing reel to spin faster than the actual “line flow”, finally resulting in overruns or predisposing to backlashes. Once spooling is mastered, it’s time to move over to learning about how to control the spool.
Controlling: like spooling, learning how to control the spool is an essential part of fishing. This exercise can be done in the comfort of your backyard before venturing out to the lake, river or sea. This step involves the use of your thumb to control the speed of the spool. A sinker (approximately 1 Oz) is tied to the line and the spool is loosened.
Before the sinker touches the ground, you must stop the reel from spinning with your thumb. Most baitcaster reels are fitted with a brake dial that allows users to control the speed at which the sinker falls. This dial can be gradually adjusted to suit the preferences of users in accordance to their level of practice and expertise.
Casting: this step involves a bit more maneuvering and positioning of your arms. First and foremost, you must ensure that you thumb is pressing the spool before triggering the release button. Once the release button is clicked and the line flows freely, your thumb serves as the spool regulator. With the reel in a vertical (upwards) position, you must perform a gentle swinging motion that will allow the casting of the line. Usually, beginners are advised to start with shorter lob casts and later work their way up to performing longer maneuvers. As the lure approaches the desired area, you must apply more thumb pressure to the spool until the lure falls.
Differences Between Spinner and Baitcaster Reels
The differences between spinner and baitcaster reels take into account a series of factors including lure weight, casting distance and line capacity, among others. Spinner reels are specifically designed to accommodate light lures since very little force is needed to cast. On the other hand, baitcaster reels are engineered to handle heavier lures.
With regards to the catch targeted, spinner reels are used to target smaller fishes in comparison to baitcaster reels that are designed to bring in larger fishes. Unlike baitcaster reels, spinner reels are easier to set up and manage, since they do not need special settings management, as can be seen in the case of baitcaster reels, where lure weight must coincide accurately with the spool spin in order to achieve optimum fishing results.
The level of friction generated with the use of spinner reels is significantly higher than that of the baitcaster reels, rendering them impractical for larger caliber and heavier lines. The absence of this feature in the baitcaster reels allows for the spooling of heavy duty lines. Baitcaster reels are fitted with an adjustable braking option that can be calibrated to allow for casting at longer distances in comparison to that of the spinner reels.
Although these differences are present, the key to mastering the art of fishing with any of these reels is constant practice. After all, with adequate exercise, anyone can develop their fishing skills using either of the two types of reels.
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