This is part 2 of How to Use a Baitcaster

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Having loaded your line onto your baitcaster and have your target bucket weighted with water it’s time to try your first cast. Many will suggest that you start with a fairly heavy weight on the end of your line but I think this defeats the purpose of using a bait caster in the first place. The lighter the weight the better in order to decrease your learning time. After all, it’s likely you will be using lures at some time (depending on your target fish) which are generally fairly light.

So, I recommend starting where you mean to be. If indeed you will be using heavy baits all the time, by all means start with a heavy weight but if you do, you’ll find it more difficult to master using a baitcaster with lighter baits later on. The transition from light to heavy is easy but moving from heavy to light is far more difficult.

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Step 3: How to Use a Baitcaster with a Lure.

Preferably, find an old used lure which you’re willing to sacrifice and remove the hooks. Alternatively, you can wrap a good lure in a plastic bag and secure it by wrapping an elastic band around it to protect it from chips and abrasions as it hits the ground. Removal of the hooks only to ensure that they don’t snag on clumps of grass or stones and these can be replaced with small sinkers tied to the hook eyes of the lure to duplicate the real weight of the lure. I generally recommend something like a jointed minnow lure.

The underlying principle is to transfer the largest possible amount of energy that’s put into the cast into energy that actually does the work we want, with just the right amount of friction thrown in to control this energy. Basically, what we’re trying to achieve is a balance between control (for accuracy and to prevent backlashes) and maximum energy transmission (for distance).

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Take up a standing position around 30 feet from the bucket facing the bucket. Many people make the mistake of trying too hard in the beginning by standing too far away creating the need to cast harder to achieve the distance. This invariably goes wrong and will cause backlashes which is the biggest problem people have in learning how to use a baitcaster.

  1. Holding the lower hand grip of the rod in your right hand, hold the rod straight out in front of you with the lure dangling around 12-18 inches from the tip of the rod.
  2. Press the brake release button with your left hand by passing your left over your right. If the lure drops to the ground immediately, tighten the spool tensioner (usually on the side of the reel body near the star drag) and wind the lure back up to where it started.
  3. Give the tip of the rod a firm shake. You should tighten or loosen the tensioner so that when you shake the tip of the rod, the lure will start to fall slowly toward the ground.
  4. Once having achieved this, bend your right elbow only until the lure is over your right shoulder.
  5. Place the ball of you right thumb over the line on the spool with enough pressure to stop the line from falling and cast the lure toward the bucket releasing the pressure of your thumb at the moment the lure begins it’s arc from the end of rod. Watch the lure in it’s travel and exert the thumb pressure back on the spool at the moment the lure hits the ground or the bucket. Exerting pressure too soon or too late will result in over runs and backlash.
  6. A good way to learn how to master this is to “feather” the ball of your thumb on the line as it runs out from the reel. This takes practice but after a few casts you’ll soon get the knack of this technique and be able to stop your lure’s travel at the precise moment you want and is a great way to ensure accuracy. This technique is great when you’re fishing from a boat and casting towards the bank of a river or creek and you want to cast under mangroves or overhanging branches where fish are likely to lurk.

Once you master short distance casting by only using the bent elbow technique, you can draw your arm right back over your shoulder to achieve maximum distance.

As you practice and become more competent, you’ll find that you can consistently land your cast closer and closer to the bucket and with further practice you can learn to cast so that you lob the lure actually into the bucket.

There are competitions held all over the world at boat and fishing gear shows where this technique is used in exactly the same way and where big prizes are won. All sorts of fishing and boating gear are given away by promoters and even boats and 4 wheel  drives go as prizes. Some of the competitors are amazing to watch with every cast either hitting or landing in the target bucket even as far away as 80-100 feet.

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Once you master the use of a baitcaster, you’ll be very unlikely to want to use any other kind of reel.

People don’t fail in learning how to use a baitcaster, they just give up before the magic happens.

This concludes How to use a Bait caster part 2.

Go here for part 1  How to use a baitcaster in 4 easy steps