How to Modify Baitcasting Reels

How to Modify Baitcasting Reels
Baitcast reels feature the ability to make precision adjustments for presenting lures and baits. Featuring an open spool design, baitcast reels are favored by many fresh and saltwater anglers when fishing for a variety of game fish species. Modifying or adjusting a baitcast reel is a simple process when you understand how each adjustment affects the performance of the line and lure. Take the time to make proper modifications to your baitcast reel whenever a new bait or lure is tied on.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Lure or practice plug
Step 1
Stand so that your feet are shoulder width apart. Hold the handle of the rod with your dominant hand and point the rod tip out in front of you.
Step 2
Turn the small cast control knob on the side of the reel next to the handle until it stops. This will increase tension on the spool and prevent the lure or plug from falling. Press the spool release button on the upper rear of the baitcast reel. Slowly turn the cast control knob until the lure or plug falls slowly and steadily to the ground.
Step 3
Turn the baitcast reel and locate the brake control on the opposite side of the handle. The brake will typically feature either magnetic or centrifugal brakes depending on the model. Turn the dial on the brake so that it is in the middle or between five and seven depending on the reel model. This will provide some braking while still allowing for casting distance.
Step 4
Release several feet of line from the end of the rod by pressing the spool release button and connect the plug or lure to a stationary object such as an eye bolt, nail or other immovable object. Engage the spool by turning the handle and pull on the line. Adjust the drag so that some line can spool from the reel when medium tension is applied. Further drag adjustment can be necessary when fishing, based on fish weight and personal preference.

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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