Rod and reel selection is a very important task and one that should
be taken seriously when viewing for a specific style or technique.
The old saying "You get what you pay for" is also a
Balance is VERY important to ensure your arm does not ache from
casting all day. Select a rod you like, then find a reel to match.
Your balance point can be found by placing your reel on the pole
then, balance the rod on your finger and find the place where
the rod remains straight, that is the center and it should be
only a few inches about the reel seat.
If it is not the reel is either too heavy or too light! When you
find the right balance location, your thumb should rest at that
point when holding the rod in the casting position. You will notice
how comfortable it is in your hand, and you will know you have
the right balance for you.
Some people who will not change reel weight/size can add metal
discs onto the handle so that the balance becomes correct.
Bird's nests or backlashes are a pain in the butt! Fact is, you
have to adjust the reel for each lure you throw. The small dial
on the side controls the braking system. You must tie on your
lure, then release the reel as if you were going to cast. if the
lure falls too quickly, you have the setting too loose. If it
does not move at all, the setting is too tight!
With the reel still in the open position, gently turn the small
dial until the lure moves, immediately turn the dial back in the
opposite direction about a quarter turn and you are good to go.
"REMEMBER to adjust the reel EACH TIME you change your lure"
Charles The Bass Doctor Stuart.
BassonHook Pro Staff