|Beginner Problems With Baitcasting Fishing Reels|
It is quite common to hear veteran and professional anglers talking about baitcasting fishing reels like these are simple tools that yield fascinating results. It is therefore also common to find beginners trying these reels out for the first time with much anticipation - and inevitably end up scratching their heads in confusion. Worse still, some beginners give up on baitcasting reels altogether, making do with less complicated fishing tools. If you happen to be in the same boat as neophyte anglers and first time fishing enthusiasts, here are some facts you might want to consider before you raise your arms in surrender.
The most basic thing you have to remember is this: these tools are indeed more complicated than the other fishing reels out there. Inexperienced hands may find spinning or fixed spool reels easier to handle; the same goes for centrepin reels, spin casts and underspin reels. Baitcasting (also known as overhead, conventional and multiplier) reels and the combo models are best suited to fishing enthusiasts who have previously handled - and handled well, other types of fishing reels first. So you might want to acquaint yourself with the other fishing reels before you try your hand with overheads.
Secondly, even seasoned anglers still find these reels a bit difficult to handle during the first few times. Therefore, it is essential that you should practice with your piece as often as possible, especially when it comes to forward casting. Finesse - or at least, a certain amount of controlled wrist and thumb movement is necessary when it comes to throwing the lure into a particular spot and halting it to prevent overrunning the spool. For this, you may want to practice with your baitcasting reel, a bucket, and a 1 ounce sinker.
To avoid any accidents, remove the hooks from your fishing line and attach the sinker. A small bucket placed about 5 or 6 feet away from you would be your target. You can always adjust the distance of the target according to your casting skills by moving either forward or backward.
You need to troubleshoot the speed of the reel's brake so that the sinker falls very slowly. This is to avoid incidences of back lashes or spool overruns. In order to do that, you need to place your thumb on the line spool just when you are about to release the brake. Cast once and remove your thumb to see how fast or slow the sinker goes. Adjust the reel's brake accordingly. The rule of thumb in this regards is: the slower, the better.
Now try casting towards your target. Swing back while keeping a steady thumb on the spool line. As soon as you move the fishing reel into the forward casting movement, release your hold on the spool line. Watch where the sinker is going, and put your thumb back on the spool line just before it hits the target or the ground.
Repeat this casting movement, until you know precisely when to release your hold on the line and when to hold back. You know that you are doing things right when you do not experience back lashes, entanglements and spool overruns anymore; and yes, when you finally put the sinker in the bucket as well.
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