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Pro Staff Question - How To Stop Backlashing On My Bait Casting Reel

Dennis "The Fishin Professor" Bryant's Answer

Pro Bass Angler Dennis "The Fishin Professor" Bryant


Your problem is a common one with new reels.

No reel is set for casting, right from the box.

But, it'll just take a few minutes to fix so you can use it properly.

The reel 'spool-tension knob, has to be backed off, as well as the drag setting.

Steps To Fix Back Lashing On Your Bait Casting Reel

Read the instruction page on your combo, to locate the proper nomenclatures for the adjusting knobs.

Attach a ⅜ oz. weight (or whatever weight of lure you usually use) to the end of your line after it has been stung through your rod.

With both the spool tension & drag setting backed way off, when you release the line, the weight should drop to the floor quickly.

Slow the drop by slightly tightening the spool tension until the weight drops at about 2 feet a second.

Then adjust the drag-tension knob tighter, until the weight stops without overrunning the floor (backlashing).

When both are set to this point, adjust the spool tension slightly tighter and slightly back off the drag setting, until it does the same thing.

Make a few practice casts, adjusting the 'spool-tension' until it operates to your satisfaction.

After that is completed, pull on the line while adjusting the drag setting to get it to release within a couple of pounds of the line strength.

Then go out, have some fun, and catch some fish!

If, while you are out there catching fish and having fun, you have problems with the lures your using breaking, check out my series of articles on how to fix and repair them.

Good Fishin'!

Dennis Bryant
The Fishin' Professor!

Charles "The Bass Doctor" Stuart's Answer

Pro Bass Angler Charles "The Bass Doctor" Stuart

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 major factor.

Selecting The Proper Rod And Reel

Balance is VERY important to ensure your arm does not ache from casting all day.

Select a rod you like, then find a fishing 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.

Fixing Bird's Nests Or Backlashes On Your Reel

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"

Tight Lines!

Charles The Bass Doctor Stuart
BassonHook Pro Staff

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