How to Adjust a Baitcaster

How to Adjust a Baitcaster
Baitcasting reels are utilized by a variety of anglers for many different species. While baitcasters reduce line twist and produce accurate casts, they are like any precision tool and need proper adjustment before each use. Be sure to follow the steps below in order to gain the maximum performance from your baitcasting reel.


Difficulty: Easy

Adjust to the Lure Weight

Things You’ll Need:
  • Baitcasting reel Fishing lure
  • Baitcasting reel
  • Fishing lure
Step 1
Because baitcasters work best when casting a compact lure, choose a lure like an in-line spinner for the adjustment. Start by reeling the lure to the rod tip.
Step 2
Press the release button on the reel to allow the lure to drop. If the lure falls rapidly causing the spool to overrun when the lure hits the ground, tighten the spool-adjustment knob on the side of the reel one turn clockwise.
Step 3
Repeat this process until the lure can drop with ease and the spool does not overrun when the lure hits the ground. When the reel is properly adjusted in this manner, you will be assured that the reel will not backlash during your time on the water.

Tips & Warnings

Practice your casting in an open field during the week; this will ensure success on the water come the weekend.
Do not overpower the reel while casting; use a smooth casting motion in order to avoid a nasty backlash.

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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