How to Cast a Crappie Baitcaster Reel

How to Cast a Crappie Baitcaster Reel
There are two types of crappie fish: white and black. Both species are found in rivers and streams and can grow up to 18 inches. To fish for crappie, you’ll need a crappie baitcaster reel, which is designed to hold the weight of large crappie--even in rough waters. Casting a crappie baitcaster reel requires a few basic steps, but with a solid grip and a good use of the reel’s features, you can cast your line at far and near distances depending on your target.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Line
  • Lure
  • Weight(s)
Step 1
Grip the end of the crappie bait caster reel. Lay your thumb on the spool and your index finger on the trigger or just below the gearing. By laying your thumb on the spool, you can control how much line is released during casting. You will feel an activation button just below your thumb as it rests on the spool. This button allows you to engage the spool.
Step 2
Check your drop visually by determining the distance between your weight and the water. To cast longer distances, release some line for a longer drop.
Step 3
Adjust the breaking system, which is a standard feature on all crappie bait caster reels. Use the circular knob on the side of the gearing, which is a knob that appears on either side of your reel to control the breaking system. Increase the breaking to decrease casting distance and vice versa.
Step 4
Press down on the button to disengage the reel so you can cast your line.
Step 5
Cast your line. Make sure the spinning hand is positioned upward and at a slight angle. Position your reel in the direction you want to cast. Slowly bring the rod back so it swings over your shoulder, but do not allow it to rest on your shoulder. Keep the reel at a 90-degree angle from the ground.
Step 6
Flip your wrist forward sending the reel back over your head and in front of your body. It is not necessary to exert any force.

Tips & Warnings

Bounce your reel slightly if you want to drop your line.
The greater the casting distance, the higher the potential for tangles in your line.
Failure to let others know before you cast a crappie baitcaster reel could lead to injury.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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