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I just recently bought my first baitcaster and have gotten the hang of it pretty well. But I seem to have a problem when I have a decent size fish on. My handle turns with no problem but the spool doesn't retrieve line.I'm not sure if my knot is slipping or what.  I'm using 10lb Vanish flourocarbon any advice would be helpful. Thanks!

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Drag is not set high enough.

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That was the first thing I checked. I had it all the way up and it would still slip. I appreciate the responses though. Any other thoughts.

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Are you using braided line? If so the line can be slipping on the spool if it was not properly backed.

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Also to if it's a cheap reel and you have been hard on it you might have striped the drag which means you'll have to buy a new one...or replace the main gear and drag washers

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Yeah what reel is it??

The line is slipping on the spool....

Easy to find out, hold the extreme edge of the spool so it cannot turn and pull the line, if it slips it needs backed.

You can also remove the spool with the line on it hold the spool shaft and pull the tag end, if it slips then it needs backed.

The drag spring washers have been compressed (from cranking the pads tight) or pads have oil on them......

Good Luck & Tight Lines!!!

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My reel is a shimano curado bantum. It hasn't been over used I bought it in late spring and probably use it on average maybe 2 times a week since then. I'm not using braid I have flurocarbon on 10lb. It just started happening after I respooled it that's why I think it might have to do with the line.

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It just started happening after I respooled it that's why I think it might have to do with the line.

So this started after respooling, seems like your line might be slipping so respool & check your knot.

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Thanks for the help. Going to respool and see what happens. Any more suggestions if this doesn't solve the problem?

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Whatever you do, don't respool with the Vanish as your breakoff problem will drive you far more nuts.

If it still slips after respooling, send it to Reelmech or post further in the Shimano forum.

The key is to look closely and determine if the line is slipping or if the spool is slipping.  Get your eyeballs next to the baitcaster and confirm, or do what Reelmech suggested about taking the spool out and then pulling to see what slips.

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Vanish...what happens when you hook a fish using it, LOL.

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I'm using 10lb Vanish flourocarbon any advice would be helpful. Thanks!

He said what he was using in the post.  :;)

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I actually have a dumb question....is this a left hand retrieve reel?

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My reel is a shimano curado bantum. It hasn't been over used I bought it in late spring and probably use it on average maybe 2 times a week since then. I'm not using braid I have flurocarbon on 10lb. It just started happening after I respooled it that's why I think it might have to do with the line.

If it is a new E series Curado send it off to Shimano®. If it is one of the older Curado's send it to me and I'll make it better for sure.......

Good Luck & Tight Lines!!!!

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If you use backing or not (although I think it helps), when spooling make sure your knot is tight and apply ample pressure to make sure the line is tight on the spool.  Sounds like you got line/spool slippage.

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i never do much of a knot with fluro or mono.never had a issue.i think it his drag.did you get it wet or anything?

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Simple diagnosis...

If the line pulls off the spool and the spool stays put, then try re-spooling with backing/spooling tighter.

If the spool moves with the pull at full drag, then get your drag fixed.

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I actually have a dumb question....is this a left hand retrieve reel?
It is a shimano curado bantam 200bsf. Right hand retrieve.

The reason I ask is that I have had more than a couple of people not realize that a lefty baitcaster has reverse threads.  They were actually running their drags loose, when they thought they had them tightened, LOL.

Sounds to me there is an issue here.  This is one of two reels on this board with slipping spools, and I cannot believe they are both from mono or fluoro type lines slipping.

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If it turns out to be the reel and not line slippage what would I be looking at? Is it one thing or could it be a few diff things?

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It would most likely be something with the drag discs, etc...  If it's still under warranty, have them send you another one.  If it's not, send it to Reelmech and he'll make it better than new.

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Ok thanks. I'm bringing it to the dealer I got it from tomorrow to see if he can pinpoint it for me. I think it should be under warranty its only a few months old and I believe it has a one year warranty.

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