How to Use a Baitcast Fishing Reel

How to Use a Baitcast Fishing Reel
Spinning reels are easier to operate than baitcast reels. With a minimum of practice, a beginner can cast a spinning reel. Not so with a baitcast reel. An angler will have to devote some time to learn how to cast. But learn the baitcast reel and you will be rewarded with more casting accuracy than a spinning reel. That is why many professional bass fishermen use baitcast reels. They can quickly and accurately place their lures just about anywhere. Don't be intimidated by the baitcast reel. With practice, you will be making accurate casts that a spinning reel could never do.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Practice casting lure
  • Practice casting lure
Step 1
Check that the reel is mounted securely on the rod. Strip off a few feet of line and tie on a practice casting lure. Grasp the rod with your right hand so that your thumb is resting on the spool.
Step 2
Apply pressure on the spool with your thumb. Press the "freespool" button with your left hand.
Step 3
Adjust the centrifugal brake by turning the brake knob clockwise until tight. Remove your thumb from the spool. Turn the brake knob counter-clockwise until the casting plug will slowly lower to the floor.
Step 4
Depress the "freespool button" with your thumb. Begin a cast by raising your arm back over your right shoulder.
Step 5
Start the rod forward rapidly. Relax your thumb pressure on the spool, but keep just enough thumb pressure so the spool does not backlash.
Step 6
Repeat the above steps until you are comfortable casting. Your first casts will be short. As you gain experience, apply less thumb pressure on the spool and the casts will get longer.

Tips & Warnings

Be sure the area behind you is clear when you are casting.

Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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