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Glenn May did a video on adjusting a baitcaster and I was wondering if I was using a 3.5 ounce swimbait, should the centrifugal brake be able to be set high enough to hold that swimbait when the cast lever is pressed? I have a Daiwa Lexa 300PWR.

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14 minutes ago, Joe Jordan said:

Glenn May did a video on adjusting a baitcaster and I was wondering if I was using a 3.5 ounce swimbait, should the centrifugal brake be able to be set high enough to hold that swimbait when the cast lever is pressed? I have a Daiwa Lexa 300PWR.

From what I know, Lexas have mag brakes, and no, as long as you don't get a backlash when the bait hits the ground you should be fine.

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Your reel and my Diawas ( 5 Tatula and Tatula Type rs) work with the same system basically.  Zero out you Mag force magnetic break on the side( an important first step) Now loosen the cast control knob until the spool can be moved side to side. Now slowly tighten that knob until the spool no longer has side to side play.  Start with the break system on full and cast your bait.  Next back it off a bit at a time.  You will quickly determine how loose that cast control can be by the line, if it starts to backlash tighten slightly. From there just thebreaks will be changed when lures are changed.

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That wouldn't have anything to do with the brakes, and that reel has magnetic brakes not centrifugal. You would use the spool tension knob to set the lures fall rate. It's the small round knob behind the drag star. Setting it that high on a bait that heavy will hurt casting distance. It's not required.

Set spool tension to eliminate any play and turn your mag brake dial to about 3/4 of the way. Then adjust brakes as necessary until you find your sweet spot. I've never zero'd my brake dial on any of my Daiwa reels. 

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The spool tension knob is referred to as the centrifugal brake in Glenn May's video below. That's why I used that term. I think Glenn May misspoke. My question was originally asked to Bass Resources in regards to this video.

 

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My statement about zeroing the magnetic brake first was if it is set too high initially it can affect the correct spool tension setting  As you said you adjust the spool tension knob for the correct drop speed of the lure.  If the tension knob is set to just remove side play in the spool then the break is adjusted correctly maximum distance can be achieved.

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I just had a similar question from a customer. Exceptionally heavy baits may not be "stopped" by the cast control, and don't need to be. 

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