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I've been fishing with an Abu Garcia Silver Max baitcasting combo for about one year and got the hang of baitcasting after a few months. I recently purchased the Kast King Spartacus Plus baitcaster and have had nothing but trouble. I can't go more than a few casts before getting birdsnests so bad that I have to re-spool my reel. I've tried braid and several different types of monofilament, but nothing seems to work. I've tried different settings with the tension knob and brake as well. I contacted Kast King several times and have received not one reply.  Anyone have any suggestions?

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What are you setting the magnetic brake and centrifugal brakes to? I set my Spartacus to 7 on the magnetic break and 2 on the centrifugal. I am assuming that you have set the tension knob slightly tight so that the lure falls at a controlled pace?

 

Also, what size lures are you throwing?

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3 hours ago, Dclark82 said:

I've been fishing with an Abu Garcia Silver Max baitcasting combo for about one year and got the hang of baitcasting after a few months. I recently purchased the Kast King Spartacus Plus baitcaster and have had nothing but trouble. I can't go more than a few casts before getting birdsnests so bad that I have to re-spool my reel. I've tried braid and several different types of monofilament, but nothing seems to work. I've tried different settings with the tension knob and brake as well. I contacted Kast King several times and have received not one reply.  Anyone have any suggestions?

Remove the non handle side cover to access the centrifugal brakes on the side of the spool.  Turn the dial on the spool to 4. You now have 4 centrifugal brakes on. 

 

I have a feeling you are casting the reel without any internal centrifugal brakes on and relying on the the external magnetic dial like the silver max.  The magnetic brakes on the Spartacus are very weak and should not be used without the centrifugal brake.

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On 5/16/2018 at 4:26 PM, georgeyew said:

What are you setting the magnetic brake and centrifugal brakes to? I set my Spartacus to 7 on the magnetic break and 2 on the centrifugal. I am assuming that you have set the tension knob slightly tight so that the lure falls at a controlled pace?

 

Also, what size lures are you throwing?

Contact A. J. Gore on Facebook he works for kastking he's great he will help you! Spartacus Plus is an amazing reel I actually can turn off the breaks as long as it's not dark out I've found that I'm much more accurate at stopping the reel with my thumb right before it hits the water and getting less birds nests if I don't slow it down with my thumb through the whole cast. The Spartacus Plus reel is designed that you don't need your thumb on the line to slow it down you just need to get it there right before it hits the water 

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Set the centrifugal brakes to 4, Mag brakes to 7 is a good place to start. Use 12lb mono line and set you spool tension knob so the bait you are using falls Sloooooowly to the ground. Keep your thumb at the ready when the lure hits the water on a cast to stop the spool.

 

You should have no issues at that point.

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