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I HOPE You’re Not Making These BAITCASTER Mistakes

The baitcaster is one of the best reels to use in order to have full control over your bass lure. However, there are 3 big baitcast reel mistakes that you could be making!

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There are a ton of different brands of baitcast reels on the market. Many of these reels are very similar so today I want to help you avoid some frustrating fishing by eliminate some baitcaster mistakes.

Baitcast reels really allow you to have control over your lure when you are fishing and they tend to manage larger line better than a spinning reel. That is why it is so important that you use them!

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  1. This video was awesome. Especially the explanation of the brakes and spool tension. I've been having trouble with my BPS Sierra Tango bait caster but following this video helped a lot trying to get this thing set. Thanks and tight lines!

  2. I donโ€™t understand the saving money on line by adding a backing first. I mean you save a couple bucks , yet use hundreds of dollars, if not thousands in poles and reels and gear๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ
    To each his own ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  3. I use straight big game line no leader all the time and save money and still catch just as much fish as the fluorocarbon guys.

  4. I like my spool tension to be roughly 1.25 times the weight of the lure to pull out. for instance, if the lure weighs 100g, I would like it to be about 25 grams with the weight of the lure to pull out. then, I set my brakes low, usually around 16-30% of the brakes. It casts far enough to use up all the line with no backlash.

  5. i really enjoy the bill dance quantum there like 90 for the combo,reeled in flathead catfish on it and it literally survived a car accident flew 200 feet out of my truck got ran over on I-95 multiple times and nothing happen to it idk what the hell its made out of but its a beast

  6. The centrifugal brakes (manual brakes behind the cover) he showed were set incorrectly. If there are 6 brakes inside the reel and you want to start with 3 brakes on, the correct order is as follows. Starting at the top and going clockwise: Brake 1 on, brake 2 off, brake 3 on, brake 4 off, brake 5 on, brake 6 off. What he showed was brake 1 on, brake 2 off, brake 3 off, brake 4 on, brake 5 on, brake 6 off. If you do it the way he showed it, you will lose casting distance and may have issues with more back lashing.

    If you want just 2 on, then start at the top: brake 1 on, brake 2 off, brake 3 off, brake 4 on, brake 5 off, brake 6 off. You can never have just 1 brake on or 5 brakes on, it is either 2, 3, 4 or all 6. Centrifugal brakes need to be balanced in order to work properly. I am not hating, just trying to inform those new to using baitcasting reels. Having equipment that runs properly will allow you to enjoy more time fishing and less time fixing your line.

  7. I have a guy telling me I'm stupid for being right handed and reeling right handed. Didn't know this bothered people lol. Don't see why they care. It's out really a big deal?

  8. i absolutely love bait cast reels i have a small spinning cast as well i'm definitely going to try some of those adjustments, i think it's going to help big time with some of the back spin normally i just control it with my thumb, i gotten use to doing it that way but this is going to help a lot thanks.

  9. I definitely run my drag lighter than you, never a problem though. The key with light drag is to make sure you can pull line straight from the reel out without breaking it, but with plenty of resistance when you pull it out from the end of the rod(aka the rod flexes some before you can pull line and it doesn't come out easily, but still does come out). I have had more problems from too tight of drag as it(like having too much backbone and a fast action on a rod) can rip the holes bigger while fighting, and they may then shake the hook and barb right out.

  10. Yeah I am a newbie to the bait caster world
    I was at a lake one day and saw a guy catching fish with one and me well I got jealous and I got me one to and I have been learning thing or two about the mechanics of it there's a great deal of complexity to this beast in order to get it to doing what your wanting now the fun stuff I want to know ore abouttrying and using chatter baits I have heard the saying good looking lures catch more fisherman seeing your video and hearing the things your talking about I am a bit convinced you do know about what your saying and may be I have found a great source of knowledge hope to talk to you soon

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