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5 Tips to Avoid Backlash When Throwing a Baitcasting Reel

5 Tips to Avoid Backlash When Throwing a Baitcasting Reel

Backlash happens when the lure slows down after casting, but the spool does not—resulting in a tangled mess of line, also known as a “bird’s nest.” This is what usually discourages people from using a baitcasting reel. However, there are many advantages to using a baitcaster rather than a spinning reel—such as allowing for more precision and control, giving you a more accurate cast. Listed below are a few ways to help prevent, or lessen, backlash.

1. Choose the best equipment

Before anything else, you need to ensure that you have the best equipment for baitcasting. When you are just beginning, choosing a shorter rod will give you more control. You should choose a rod with medium action to help you cast your lure without backlash. When just starting, you want to choose the right fishing line to make it easier to untangle a bird’s nest. Monofilament causes the least backlash and is the easiest line to untangle than a braided line or fluorocarbon.

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You also need to choose the correct lure. A heavy lure—such as a big crankbait or large swimbait—works really well for baitcasting when you’re just beginning. Heavier lures pull the line into the water more quickly, while a light lure will just follow the line, or the wind, causing more backlash. Light lures may not be able to keep up with the reel and may not cast out fast enough.

2. Adjust the brake system and spool tension and do a test cast

In the beginning, you want to set the brake system to the highest setting. This gives you more control and allows less movement while you practice. When you become more comfortable, you can begin to lower the tension to allow longer baits. You can find the wheel or dial, which controls the braking of the line, on the side of your baitcaster.

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Most baitcasting reels enable you to adjust the braking the system, which helps in preventing backlash. Just as important, you need to ensure that your spool tension is set just right. If it is too high or too low, it can result in backlash. You want your lure to fall at neither too high nor low of a speed—but at a medium pace. There is no correct setting, so use trial and error to see where you feel most comfortable.

3. Practice short distances

As you start out, and are getting used to the new settings on your baitcaster, you should begin practicing with short distances. This will allow your hands to get used to the feel of the baitcaster. It is usually easier to begin casting side arm and then moving to overhand.

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4. Use the wind to your advantage

When you start out, do not cast your lure against the wind, but with it. Using the wind to your advantage can help push the bait forward for more accuracy in casting. You may want to do a few test casts on dry land if you can’t find a spot that has the wind to your back. Casting against the wind will slow down your lure, but not your reel, resulting in backlash. As you become more comfortable with your reel and gain experience, you can begin casting into the wind.

5. Practice makes perfect

In the beginning, you can invest in an entry-level reel to give you a good idea of what it’s like to cast a baitcaster. Beginner reels are affordable and some have systems that prevent backlash. If it’s possible, try practice casting in your backyard so you can have some control of your surroundings.

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Once you’ve gotten the feel for your baitcaster, test it out on the water. You can experiment with different braking and tension settings to see which is most comfortable. When you feel that you are getting the hang of it, you can try investing in a more advanced baitcaster. Remember: practice, practice, practice!

By following these tips, you’ll be casting like a pro in no time!

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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