Hearing professional or veteran anglers talk about baitcasting reels and baitcasting fishing, you would be tempted to believe it’s quite straightforward. That all you have to do is head to a shop, purchase the first baitcaster you fancy and the fish would be as good as being caught.
The reality is, most beginners are left wondering how to manipulate the equipment to good effect. Many people have been known to ditch their baitcaster reel for a more basic fishing equipment due to ignorance.
This is a shame since these reels cost quite a bit of money to purchase. Besides, there are so many benefits to using them. For instance, baitcasting reels provide you with greater control in handling big catches. Also, you won’t have to waste too much energy when casting out a line. This is important when you have to repeatedly cast a line all day.
That said, one thing newbies must learn immediately is how to thread a fishing line through a baitcaster reel. Of course, you can get someone to do it for you. But, if you are way out somewhere fishing with nobody around, you would rue the day you ignored this simple skill.
Spooling a baitcaster is one of the first things you do after buying it before going out to fish. There are several ways you can do it. Basically, though, all the spooling techniques fall under manual spooling or with the help of equipment like a spooling station.
Before you start though, you must have purchased your fishing line and baitcasting reel.
There are many types of fishing lines suitable for a baitcaster. For beginners, a monofilament line of about 14lbs is the most suitable. This is because it is cheaper to buy and easier to cast your baitcaster with it than, with say, a braided or fluorocarbon line.
Also, since chances are high you would backlash a lot as a beginner, getting it out would be easier. This is important as you can easily replace the line with a new one and it won’t hurt your bank balance that much.
- Tie the fishing line around the baitcaster’s spool:
You don’t need a complicated or fancy knot to do this. Any sort of knot that won’t come loose is good enough. A simple slip knot would be just fine. You can go for a complicated knot if a bigger fish is what you have in mind.
- Reeling the line around the spool
After Tying the knot securely, the next stage is to reel the line around the baitcaster’s spool. First though, make sure the line passes through the line guides on the baitcaster.
If you have someone around you can have them hold the fishing line spool for you. Put a pencil or a pen through the hole at the center of the line spool for them to hold on to. This way, the line can be reeled off smoothly.
Hold the line between your thumb and index finger before you start reeling in. This is to create the desired tension as the line is wound onto the baitcaster’s spool.
Start cranking the wheel to reel the line in. Use smooth consistent hand motions while spooling the line. You want the line to spread smoothly and evenly over the spool.
Be careful not to overfill the spool with the line. You want to avoid a line ‘birds nest’ while casting. This is another way of saying casting with an overfilled spool is very difficult at the best of times. So make sure to stop reeling in the line just a few inches to the top of the spool.
Now, you are good to go.
Using a spooling station
If you have the money, you can purchase a spooling station. This equipment makes putting a fishing line on a baitcasting reel easier. You can purchase one in fishing stores online and they come at various designs and prices.
The major difference with the manual method is you won’t need help from anybody to put a fishing line on your baitcaster.
All you have to do is:
- Tie one end of the fishing line with a simple knot to the baitcaster’s spool
- Attach the baitcaster to one end of the spooling station and the fishing line spool to the opposite end. You can adjust the connection to give you the required tension.
- Then start cranking the wheel to reel the line onto the baitcaster’s spool. Stop just a few inches to the top of the spool as explained earlier.