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I recently purchased my first baitcaster, and immediately put 10 pound line on so I could fish regularly with long casts to cover water. However, I have been interested in pitching and skipping which requires heavier line. I bought some 30 pound line the other day, so I can choose to pitch and skip when I'm on water that requires it. The problem is, I only have one baitcaster and I really enjoy using it, so my question is, if I put the 30 pound line on my one baitcaster for pitching and skipping, will it still serve well if I try to make long casts with other lures? Is 30 pound line versatile enough?

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If it's 30lb braid you will be fine. 30lb monofilament or copolymer is too heavy for

most lures 3/8 oz and less.

 

 

 

 

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if its braid, which im assuming it is, then you be fine

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If it's your FIRST baitcaster I recommend some practice before you try skipping.

 

No doubt!

 

I would suggest "skipping" the baitcaster and using a spinning rod.

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All the above posts are spot on. Skipping = spinning. 30 lb. braid is fine for an all purpose type of line. A spare spool is a great option.

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always use the same diameter in braid as you would in mono.this prevents digging into the spool.i would not use anything less than 50 lb test on a baitcaster.

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If you are thinking about using a biatcaster for skipping please go outside at your home and with the plastic tied onto your line with the weight you will be using place the bait on the ground and WALK THE ROD AND REEL AWAY FROM THE BAIT ON THE GROUND for about 20 to 25 feet.

 

Then take some Scotch tape and put two or three small sections of the tape over the remaining line on the spool.

 

Reel in the 20 or so feet back on the spool.

 

Open the reel's side panel and turn on all magnets.

 

Balance the reel so that when you release the bait with the rod tip pointing at 11 o'clock the bait falls to the ground and the spool stops.

 

Set your drag to where you want it, like almost or totally closed, and repeat the bait drop.

 

Then loosen the spool so that the bait falls faster.

 

Go out on your boat or pond and with the tip of the rod pointing towards the water skip the bait with the understanding that you will have to keep yoru thumb on the spool and stop it when it hits the water.

 

The tape will stop any backlashes from going deeper into the line on the spool.

 

Good luck.

 

And practice, practice, practice.

 

P.S. A spinning rig is better suited for skiping a bait.

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if you must skip w/ the BC, make sure you keep ur thumb on the spool the ENTIRE cast.  engage the reel and focus 100% on feathering or 'thumb braking' the whole time.  go outside in ur yard at night and practice casting and thumb breaking into the yard in the pitch black. if ur lure hits the yard w/o ur thumb on the spool you will obviously backlash. it will force you to brake till the end.  short casts will force you to keep ur thumb on the spool even in the middle of the cast. the darkness really puts you in touch with ur spool like a blind man. not only helps for skipping but all around BC cast control. 

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If it's 30lb braid you will be fine. 30lb monofilament or copolymer is too heavy for

most lures 3/8 oz and less.

 

 

 

 

:fishing-026:

I'd have a second rod, preferably spinning for lighter baits.

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