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I've been fishing spinning set ups for many, many years. No problems casting them any way I want to.

I used to cast baitcasters many, many years ago and had no problems with them.

I just recently received my BPS's bionic plus reel in the mail. I've been playing around with it on a 5'6" casting rod with moderate fast action and pistol grip. I can cast a 3/8 oz casting plug pitching style with no issues at all. As soon as I try to cast overhead, I run into overrun issues and the plug goes diagonally down about 30 ft in front of me. A straight shot diagonally, no arc at all. I cast with my wrist, with no arm movement. I've tried softer casts, tighter reel settings...nothing. This is the same rod I used years ago, so I know it's not the rod. Am I missing something in the set up of the reel or is it just operator error??? TIA

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Some things i'd personally check

loosen the drag knob

loosen the brakes a little

check around about the 5'6 rod..shorter the rod less the distant your gonna get.(least that's how it works for me).  

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cast with your wrist turned in so the handle is up or down depending which side it's on.this will decrese centrifugal force.also if the lure is going down and not out you are releasing it to late.

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your problem is that you are letting go of the spool too late. tilt the reel so the handles point up bring the rod back to about 4o'clock, then sharply bring it up and release it at about 1 or 12o'clock.

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pfluemis,

Try a little reading it may point to what you haven't done in the rod/reel setup.....

Casting reels from many moons ago are not the same as to days reels....

Basic Baitcast Reel Setup 101

Good Luck & Tight Lines!!!!  

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Once it is Reelmech to the rescue.

Great article.

I saved it the last time you mentioned it to us.

I have eliminated about 95% of my backlashes and can really swing that bait out there.

Thanks again.

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Yep, sounds like a little late on the release and the reel's position during the cast.  A slight decrease in the cast control setting could help too. Since you are coming from a spinning background and haven't used a bc reel for quite some time, you will need to "re-program" your thumb to come off the spool at an earlier point in the cast than your forefinger comes off the rod. Depending on the set up, even a release point at 12 O'Clock (with 12 above you) can be too late. With 9 o clock in front of you, aim for a release point closer to 1 o clock. Good luck.

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I would guess part of your problem is the length of your rod, especially if your spinning rods are considerably longer. I know when I switch from a 7' rod to a 6' rod I need to make adjustments to release my thumb sooner.

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Thanks guy's, I moved the reel to my 6' IMX 723C and it got just slightly better. I started out with the instruction's set up, and went from there. They were close to the attached articles set up. I'll have to try lighter settings and different release's.

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I figured out what was wrong. I started over again and found I was not using enough brake. Instead of messing with the cast control, I set the brake on 4 for pitching, and 8-9 for overhead casting and it worked good. Thanks again.

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pfluemis,

That's great!

Remember to check that setup every time you change lure sizes and weights.

Then practice, practice, practice!

Good Luck & Tight Lines!!!!  

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