How to Cast an Advantage Baitcast Fishing Reel

How to Cast an Advantage Baitcast Fishing Reel
The baitcast reel is the symbol of the true bass angler. With its low profile and open spool design, you can tell this reel is all business. Wait, did you say open spool? Don't back away, because it really is not that difficult to use. Although a baitcast reel, such as the Daiwa Advantage, may be slightly more involved than your old spin cast reel, you can do this.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Baitcast rod (matched to reel)
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Fishing lure or practice plug
Step 1
Set the drag on the Advantage reel. Turn the star drag wheel, located between the handle and body of the reel, so that the drag is completely engaged.
Step 2
Hold the rod and reel in front of you so that it is level. Press the spool release button. The lure or plug should remain stationary and not drop toward the ground at this point. Slowly turn the drag adjustment wheel to reduce the amount of drag. When the lure or plug begins to slowly and smoothly drop, you have properly adjusted the drag. Turn the handle to reel the line back in when finished.
Step 3
Locate the brake adjustment wheel on the Advantage reel. The brake wheel is on the opposite side of the handle and will feature a series of numbers along the edge of the wheel ranging from "Off" through 10. Turn the wheel so that the brake is about 75 percent engaged or positioned on number 7 or 8. This is a good starting point to allow the brake of the reel to help prevent backlashes during casting.
Step 4
Hold the rod and reel directly in front of you. Place the tip of your thumb on the spool to hold the line in place. Press the spool release button but continue to hold the line with your thumb.
Step 5
Bring the rod back to your side and then forward in a rapid motion. As the tip of your rod approaches the target on the water, slightly raise your thumb from the line as the lure or plug travels toward the target. Maintain some contact with the line to prevent backlashes.
Step 6
Apply pressure to the line with your thumb as the lure or plug begins to approach the target. This will help slow the line as it moves from the spool. Stop the line completely at the desired depth and begin retrieving the line by turning the handle on the reel.

Tips & Warnings

Practice casting to a hula hoop, bucket or circle drawn on the ground.
Make sure that there is no one standing behind or to the side of you when casting.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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