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Setting Up A Bait Caster For Crank Baits?

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So I was advise I make a post on how to set up a bait caster to run crank bait but not back lash. I appreciate the help since I'm really new to bait casters

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Set it up the same as you would for any other lure.  Some lures that catch a lot of air may require a bit more adjusting.

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when I take someone with me who is new to baitcasting and what to use, I almost always give them a crankbait and a baitcast reel spooled with 10-12lb Berkley Trilene XL since it has almost 0 memory, limp, casts easy, and I just make sure the spool is tight and brakes start on 10....after an hour it is amazing the confidence you will have. I also like to hand them a 3/4 ounce lipless crank since it is heavy and you can't fish them wrong and they can go any depth..but you can find videos on how to set up a baitcaster by some of the vets and pro's on this site and the videos are good for anyone. 

 

You are smart in researching first, I used to work at a local tackle shop- I see your in clearwater so you would know the flea market most likely, and I would never spool braid for anyone on a new baitcaster unless they didn't mind donating the money...I would put 14lb max nylon mono and then a 2 minute tutorial and they would be back in a few days to get some braid or more lures...

 

Have fun, plenty of good lakes in Clearwater, don't let people tell you otherwise, they are just fishing the wrong places, or afraid to share the water with alligators and snakes...

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Remember, Alligators are only a threat once they attack, otherwise they are pretty harmless....I have a friend who says this and truly believes it, but it makes me more comfortable knowing he has such wisdom.

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So I was advise I make a post on how to set up a bait caster to run crank bait but not back lash. I appreciate the help since I'm really new to bait casters

 

Obviously my mind wasn't awake earlier.  :teeth:  If you were experienced with a baitcast reel, you wouldn't have been asking that question.  There are stickies on how to set up a baitcast reel and learning to cast with one.  There are also plenty of threads on both.

 

What reel are you using?  What power rod?

 

Primetime's line suggestion is a good one.  A couple other soft lines are Sufix Elite and Sunline Super Natural.  Softer lines will have less memory.  Less memory is better.  Start with a lure in the upper half of the rod's weight range.  Using a side arm roll cast will keep the rod tip loaded and help smooth out your casting stroke.  Smoothness is the name of the game.  Don't try for the other side of the lake.

 

Baitcast reels have a steeper learning curve than other types.  Some of us aren't as quick getting it down as others.  :sad78:

 

Once set up properly all it takes is plenty of practice.  Even then some of us are pretty good at backlashing on occasion.  :eyebrows:

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