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Hey guys!  :) This is my first post but I've been lurking for a bit and reading up. Dick's has Quantum Energy PTs for sale (1/2 off!) so I took the plunge and bought my first baitcaster after years of spinning. After reading the forums I found the link to reel mechanic's baitcaster 101 page. So yesterday i loaded the reel with 12lb stren, bought a rod on the way to the pond, and tried to see how long i could fish before a massive birdsnest.  :)

I don't know what it is, maybe the braking system on the quantum but I don't see what all the fuss is about. I did get a few professional overruns at first (I jumped right in and tried casting weightless wacky rigged senko's). And if you saw me shaking my rod and unscrewing the cast control knob until it almost came off wondering why the bait wouldn't fall (button wasn't pressed ::)) that would have been funny. Ii did get a nice 20 foot overrun on a cast and when i finally got the line situated i had a nice bass there waiting for me on the hook. But within 30 mins i was casting spooks across the pond and having the time of my life.

What a difference a baitcasting rig makes. I am hooked off the bat. I never understood why they were called so accurate but now i know. For those that are frustrated with baitcasters just find the reel mechanic's baitcasting 101 page and follow the steps and practice. Also watch your bait and stop the spindle with your thumb right before the bait hits the water. But man is it fun to fish with a baitcaster. I'm gonna try to sneak out early and go again.

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I know bc is awesome.  I bought my first good bc setup a few years ago and haven't looked back.  When I am seriously bass fishing my spinning rigs rarely see water.

Welcome aboard.

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Welcome aboard!

8-)

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Welcome. And congrats on your success with the BC. I had a similar experience with my citica. But call it beginners luck, because soon you'll be trying to throw everything with it. Try throwing a light crank into the wind.  ;D

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Congrats on your new BC and for joining the forum. I tried alot of reels and found that the round Abu-Garcia's work best for me. The low profile designs just dont work for me for some reason. Anyway, you might want to get some braid for it soon since the mono will take on a coil and make casting difficult. I didnt want to try it right away for fear of backlashing and having to remove expensive line, but it worked so much better it was unbelievable.

Start Flippin' and Pitchin' with those unwieghted Senko's and be ready to set the hook! I had heard about 20ft pitches into a coffee cup, and with this setup it really works well.

Good Luck! ;D

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I don't know what it is, maybe the braking system on the quantum but I don't see what all the fuss is about.

THE BEAST can only be controled but it can never be tamed, it 's always there waiting patiently for you to do something stupid and jump all over you; keep thinking that way and pretty soon you 'll find what all the fuss is about.

Even the most well seasoned and skilled thumb BC veterans get backlashes, I 've been doing it for over two decades and mine are phenomenal when they happen.

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I know bc is awesome. I bought my first good bc setup a few years ago and haven't looked back. When I am seriously bass fishing my spinning rigs rarely see water.

Welcome aboard.

That just sounds silly to me.... :-?

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shorefisher, Welcome to the forum!

I don't know what it is, maybe the braking system on the quantum but I don't see what all the fuss is about.
Most anglers come up from spinning gear and the baitcasting gear can sometimes be a little intimidating. Glad you found the article and hope it helped some.

Keep practicing!  :)

Tight Lines!!

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I hardly get backlashes, but sometimes ill start flipping and pitching so i put the brakes at zero and really loosen the cast control knob the i go to cast and bam a vicious backlashes always happens :)

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Welcome.    

You are going to love the Energy.  I have three and love them.  The ability to adjust the braking system without dismantling the reel is a big advantage IMHO.  

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I've been baitcasting so long I make Raul look like a rookie and I second his post. Sooner or later you do something stupid or sloppy and you backlash. I will say its been 5, 6 or more years since I had to cut one off but then my memory might have slipped.

I've never met a reel I couldn't backlash but except for very light lures, drop shotting and skipping the benefits of bait casting make it worthwhile.

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"I don't see what all the fuss is about"  Ha ha!  Famous last words of a newbie!  I went again yesterday and spent half my time there working out overruns. None were all that bad but half of my casts had a little one that had to be messed with. The second I tried to do anything but roll cast it, bam, backlash. I'm so used to snapping/flicking the bait and that seems to be a big mistake with a baitcast.  That high inertia initial flick will cause a backlash before it even hits the water.

It seems like it requires you to keep your focus and attention. You can't just stare into space with your head in the clouds and fling bait willy nilly. I can see what you veterans are saying about that monster backlash just peering over your shoulder and waiting for you to get cocky.

But I really do enjoy the skill that it will take. It's always fun to practice at something until you get good. There's a bunch of great guys on here and I really enjoy the help you've given.

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Congrats! Like you, I am in love with baitcasters.After that short period of learning how to cast it cosistently,it's really a joy to use one.Of course,I like spinning reels also.They have their place in my gameplan,but I feel much more comfortable with a baitcaster.

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YEa i just bought my first BC setup a gander graphite MH fast action 7 ft rod and a daiwa exceler casting reel, and i cant wait to get out and try her out on the water!!!!  I will def not be getting rid of my abu spinning setup but i am looking foward to the BC

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