A backlash that requires lots of picking and cutting of line is one of the most frustrating situations in bass fishing.
The frustrating situation becomes compounded when an angler is just learning how to use a baitcast reel while on a fishing trip. In some extreme cases, these anglers get so exasperated with the baitcaster that they never use one again.
By giving up on a baitcast reel, novices are missing out on the most effective tool for presenting their lures to bass. “It is so much easier feathering your lure and getting accuracy and distance,” says Bassmaster Elite Series competitor Pete Ponds. “All three of those factors make the baitcaster more appealing than the spinning reel. There are times for spinning reels and you can feather them as well but distance and accuracy are two very important elements of the cast and with the baitcaster I feel like I can achieve both better than I can with the spinning reel.”
The sophisticated braking systems and anti-backlash mechanisms on today’s baitcasters make it easy for anyone to learn how to cast these reels without worrying about line overruns. Some reels have a brake dial for adjusting the centrifugal brake system while others, such as the Ardent baitcasters Ponds uses, have internal centrifugal brake pins that need to be pulled out to engage the brakes. With plenty of practice in the right settings, any beginner can head out on the water with the confidence of having a backlash-free day...
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