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I read a post a while back but couldn't find it and i am trying to find an answer about how many brakes to have on. I know you must turn them on in pairs and opposite of each other. But how do you chose between 2,4,6. If i remember right: if you are have blacklash at beginning of cast then you need more brakes on. If you are having it at then end of cast, you should tighten spool tenstion knob

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Yep. If you are new to it, turn on 4 or 6, tighten the spool tension until the lure will barely fall from the rod tip, and practice. As you get better, you can back off the brakes and tension knob. Pretty soon, you will want most or all of the brakes off, and the spool almost free.

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Nuff said.. :)

Yep. If you are new to it, turn on 4, or 6, tighten the spool tension until the lure will barely fall from the rod tip and practice. As you get better, you can back off the brakes and tension knob. Pretty soon, you will want most or all of the brakes off, and the spool almost free.

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thanks for the info. not new by any mean to baitcasting i am just having trouble getting much distance with the stanley ribbit frogs. They are super light so trying to make sure i have everything set up. I cast texas rigs fine but the frogs just have a hook so its pretty light

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I started last year with two brakes on.  Once I changed to 3 brakes on with slightly less spool tension I had fewer backlashes with about the same distance.

This year is an all new experiement :)

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thanks for the info. not new by any mean to baitcasting i am just having trouble getting much distance with the stanley ribbit frogs. They are super light so trying to make sure i have everything set up. I cast texas rigs fine but the frogs just have a hook so its pretty light

If you are a proficient caster and are still having problems, I might take a look at the rod and see if it was well suited to this application.  Check the lure and line ratings.  Downsize your line a bit or try a braid.  Last resort might be a softer tipped rod.

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I switched to a 7' M rod last year, specifically for launching Ribbits from docks & shore, and cast them so much better. Brakes are at 2. 20lb PowerPro. I also use a big 5/0 hook for a little weight.

I love Ribbits. fish them all year long.

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thanks for the info. not new by any mean to baitcasting i am just having trouble getting much distance with the stanley ribbit frogs. They are super light so trying to make sure i have everything set up. I cast texas rigs fine but the frogs just have a hook so its pretty light

This might very well be the issue and not you. The weight of the lure combined with its aerodynamic profile are working against you and you are at the mercy of the limitations of the baitcaster you are using assuming the rod is suited to throw this lure well.

There is that lower threshold on every casting reel that even with the best of tuning, you might still experience its limitations. sounds like a chronarch or pixy territory.  ;D

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sounds like a chronarch or pixy territory. ;D

C'mon, you know you want one.

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I only activate one of the brakes on my curado. is there something wrong with this

Maybe not. I was fishing with one of my reels most of last year with only one brake on and didn't realize it until I took my reel apart over the winter to clean it.  I didn't have any problems with it this way. 

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Why have 1..? Just deactivate them all..No brakes on my Chronarch..makes flippin so much easier.. :)

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I actually find one brake on is a little easier to manage than having them all off. I think I subconsciously over-thumb it a bit when they're off, so I actually get better distance with one brake on.

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