Baitcaster Reel for Beginners

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You have read many researched blogs on baitcasting reel for beginners and how to cast your baitcasting reel; and you are very excited to cast your first bait. The thing is you may still need to know few things on baitcasting before jumping into the river! However, if you are going on a weekend trip with your buddies and you feel like being the pro angler among them, then you need to read all what this guide has to offer so you can learn how to use a baitcaster like a pro.

Here are few couple of things to keep at the back of your mind when baitcasting

  • Brings in your line
  • Free up the reel spool
  • Use your favorite casting arm
  • Make a 360 degree rod sweep
  • push the reel spool
  • Bring ’em in

There are of course new curves to learning the use of baitcasting and this guide will be the best teacher to guide us on the right way to use the baitcaster. At least one thing is sure, you will learn the ropes on how to successfully spoon your line, how to catch any fish using a baitcaster, and not forgetting the best spot to choose for your baitcasting experience.

Before we begin on how to use the baitcaster, it is important that since you are new to this tactic you understand what the basic parts of a baitcasting rod is made of…

So here we go!


The handle is where your other inactive hand rest when using the baitcaster. The handle comes with internal gears that turns around when using the rod. The baitcasting rod is specially designed for beginners with little or no experience and it comes with two buttons; one button is meant for the forefinger, while the other is used by the thumb.

Most baitcasting fishing reels are made from reinforced or lightweight aluminum metal so they could be used for a long time (durability).

Line Guide

This is what shoot the line into the water when you make a cast. It also function to help you pull in your catch or retrieve your line. Throughout the process, the line guide is meant to keep your line straight and intact and prevent it from getting knotted or tangled.


This is one of the most important part of a baitcasting rod. The spool will rotate when you are using it so that in case you catch a large predatory fish, the spool will help you handle the pressure. The good way to keep your spool is to keep it at per with your baitcasting rod.

When you have the reel line, it works off the spool and this way you can alter the tension of the spool using your thumb or your index finger.

Drag Control

This is the star shaped button on the rod and it is mostly located on the right part of the rod where the friction control is located and this button helps you reduce the risk of backlash.

A situation where the spool keeps rolling out even when the line is out and probably the fish line is entangled somewhere in the water. The button gives you the flexibility to select the degree of drag setting when using the drag control. The thing is, if your line get stuck with probably a bird’s nest, its better to employ the less drag, less likely to snap attitude.

Spool Tensioner

This is the part responsible for making sure the spool is well attached to the reel body even when it seems there is no more line left in the spool. The tensioner is found at the lower part on the reel along the bottom part of the rod. Almost identical to the cast control button.

Cast Control Knob

This button helps to prevent backlash also. you can manually select the speed of the button which you can change depending on the lure weight on your rod. The buttons are usually made from durable metal and they comes in various shapes and sizes.


This is an extended gear that is located beneath the reel and its as long as the reel itself. The pawl is responsible for moving the line so that the distribution of your fishing on your spool remains even.

Steps on how to put line on a baitcaster

Now that you have some basic understanding on the parts that makes up a baitcasting rod, its time to get deeper to how to line a baitcasting rod for effective catch.

Step 1

Fishing line is important before you start spooling the baitcaster. You can easily walk into any fishing supply store or go online to find yourself a fishing line that will best suit your course. The thing is that you will definitely come across hundreds of fishing line options to choose from.
However, if you are not the choosy type. And you love to go by popular recommendation, the braided lines are the most preferred. They are lines used by experienced anglers.

Of course this is just a recommendation as you can find for yourself a line that you thing will work the best. However, starting with a braided line gives you an edge if you are just starting out.

Some benefits you enjoy when you use the braided lines are that you get to improve your casting accuracy, allow you to cast much further and also gives you more lines to make your fishing experience more enjoyable. Also compared to some other lines, the strength of the braided line is much stronger and pretty reliable in reducing the line friction because of the reduced diameter.

Step 2

When you have your braided line, start threading it all around the rod and as you continue to thread you will get to the level wind guide of your baitcasting reel.

Step 3

When your thread get around the rod guide tie it off the end of the line. You will need to tie it using the Abright knot which is what is best when using a braided fishing line including heavier monofilament lines and fluorocarbon.

When you finshed with the braided line, its time to make a lookp and send the tag end of the line into the loop and send the tag end further the loop. From the bottom of the loop, make series of turns and wound them and you have to make ten of them in total.

Send the remaining tag end through the loop just like you did earlier. Also take the other side of the line and pull it tight to make the knot very strong. Its important that when you tie the Abright knot, you wet it to make it heavier and then you cut the ends and making sure not to leave any loose end.

Step 4

Make sure the line is in direction of the spool and fasten the area of the spool line.

Step 5

Using your thumb and forefinger, apply a bit of pressure to make sure that the spool is set up correctly. Then reel the rest of the line into your spool. Its better to have an end line of about 1/8th inches from the top of the spool.

how to cast a baitcaster reel

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Now that you have the threaded line thing off the ground, its time to even go deeper. In time we will show you how to cast a baitcaster reel for more successful catch.

Step 1

Start by getting your line on the rod. The point here is to make sure that your bait is at least six inches away from the top of the rod. If you want, you can extend the line to about 12 inches – this is perfect for species like sinkers and bobbers.

Step 2

Make sure you hold the reel in the correct position. Your hand should hold on the baitcaster rod handle and your thumb on the reel spool but with little or no pressure.
To make sure the casting is more in using the wrist than the arm, you should make sure the reel in handled upward. Exception only applies when you are using your non-active hand for casting.

Step 3

Press the spool release button.

Step 4

Start angling your casting arm. Make sure the arm is at the elbow making at least a 90 degree angle. If your arm is in this way, you can lift your rod and make sure the tip is vertical or pretty close to it.

Step 5

Casting time! Make sure the baiting rod is 30 degree higher than when you have it in an horizontal position. The best way to achieve this is using the 10 o’clock position. Now you can release your thumb from the spool so that the weight of your bait can release more line from the spool.

Step 6

Using your thumb, apply pressure to the reel to prevent the spool from pulling the lure out too much. You only need to send the right length of line to the desired position where you think your catch is.

Step 7

This is the waiting period. If you are at the right fishing spot with the right lure, it’s only be a matter of time before a fish starts to tug your line.

Step 8

As soon as you feel you have a catch, be ready to start turning the handle and reel in your catch…hopefully a big one!

How to baitcast successfully

If you are just starting out baitcasting with your fishing rod, this will not come easy the first time. However, you can master this trick if you put more time and energy. Follow this tips for baitcast with more precision.

The right fishing spot

Water weeds and baitcasting rods work together. You should keep your braided fishing line from getting tangled in the brushes.

Avoid Crowd

Compared to other type of fishing methods, baitcasting is quite different as it requires more space to practice. If you charter a crowded boat, then your success with using the baitcasting rod is not guarantee.

Also, if where you are fishing, and there are lots of shoving and elbowing, you might upset each other and also scare away the fish.

Buy quality baitcasting rod

This is quite important even when you have series of baitcasting gear all over the place. For beginners, it is important to buy a recognized and high quality baitcasting gear to some cheap rod.
Using a cheap rod that breaks at every catch can be tiring and frustrating t the same time. however, if you invest in a quality braided line and a good baitcasting spool, you will reduce your chances of getting frustrated.

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