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After going to BPS this weekend and buying 2 new baitcasters is it common that the line on the spool looks like it has more line on one side of spool? Just wondering because like I said were new to baitcasters. Great deal on the Bionic combo !

Thanks Ed

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I'm a newbie to baitcasters too, but when I filled my first one the other night it was pretty even across but it did feel bumpy. Did you thread the line through the line guide?

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Yeah , think I may have over filled the spool.Defintly worked better when I took some line off.

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No, it is not necessarily overspooled.  Ideally, when you add line to a baitcast reel, you want your rig to be directly "in line" with the filler spool. In other words, you don't want to have an extreme angle, sideways/perpendicular to the filler spool when you're putting on the line. This is IMHO the culprit of encouraging the line to get stacked more on one side of a reel's spool.

 

It won't really affect performance of the reel too much and at worst, it is just unsightly or ugly to look at.  Matter of fact, if you had the line on evenly and were fishing a technique that needed a mega-long cast, and started your retrieve perpendicular to the line, you just might end up with line lay that is biased to one side.

 

If I start to see uneven laying of line, I will actually "skip" filling the high side until it looks balanced again, lol.

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I saw a video of Shaw Grigsby spooling his line. It seemed pretty simple, and I used that technique once myself. He pulled the new spool out of the box and ran it through the eyelets and attached it to the reel. He put the spool back in the box and closed it letting the line run out of the crack at the opening and reeled it in. I don't know if that helps or not. I tried looking for the video, but couldn't find it. I think it was on www.youtube.com. 

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I seen a something like that too ^. You just got to keep some tension on the line when spooling it up. If it's ridiculously on one side, then I'd say it's not normal and could be the reel. Only times I see my reels get more line on one side is when the line guide eye craps out and starts sticking to one side.

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I've done that for spinning reels.  If you just let the spool flop around on the ground while you are spooling I think that it adds an unnecessary amount of line twist on the new spool.  I think that if you use a few bricks or what not, and keep the spool steady and upright while you are spooling it works good.

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I have that happen pretty often and I use a Berkley spooling station. I used to direct the line with my fingerbut I have stopped doing this since the line evens itself out when fishing. I wouldn't worry about it unless in piled up and hit part of the reel.

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I have that happen pretty often and I use a Berkley spooling station. I used to direct the line with my fingerbut I have stopped doing this since the line evens itself out when fishing. I wouldn't worry about it unless in piled up and hit part of the reel.

 

That is very true.

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