The Right Amount Of Line On Your Reel

Fishing Line, Hooks, Knots, and Weights
Why is it so important to get the right amount of line on your reel? Find out in this revealing video!

Oh, look at that! Okay, Buddy. I got you. You're not going to believe this at all. You're not gonna believe this one bit. I have to show this to the camera. He went after it and somehow the guys aren't gonna believe this. The hook is not in his mouth. It's on his mouth, but it's not hooked. It wrapped underneath him...

Keri: You caught him by the gills.

Glenn: All the way around. I lassoed him. I lassoed this... Look at this. I can show you. The hook can see it's not in his mouth. Look at this. It's loose. It came up underneath him and it's not bleeding, so I didn't hurt his gills. I just lassoed him. Is that bizarre or what? I have never ever, ever experienced that in my life of fishing. And he took my creature bait. I'll be Dang. Not a big fish, but wow, that is incredible. 

Here's a great question about spooling line on a reel. Why is it so important to get the right amount of line on your reel? Boy, there's several reasons for this. On baitcasting reels, if you don't put enough a line on there, man, you're gonna get a lot of backlashes because that spool is gonna spin a lot faster and that line isn't gonna be able to peel off as fast as that spool is running and you'll get a lot of backlashes. It will also inhibit your casting distance that way because it's just gonna mess up with that line.

With spinning, if you don't have as much line on there, then what happens, you'll underfill it. That line is gonna be whapping up against the lip of the spool and that's gonna inhibit your casting distance. So you're gonna have much shorter cast because the line isn't filled up all the way.

Now conversely, if you overfill a spinning reel, then all your line is gonna be looping off. It's gonna be coming...that lip isn't gonna hold it in place, the line is just gonna be falling off that reel and you're gonna get all kinds of nasty knots and backlashes. And when you’re reeling in the line and a lot of times you'll get that little bit of a loop in the spool and then your next cast, you get this big bird's nest. So overfilling it can be just as detrimental as underfilling it.

With a baitcaster, if you overfill it, a lot of times what happens is when you depress the thumb bar, it's kind of got this fulcrum, right? So you've depressed it on the top, the body of that thumb bar will...the bottom part moves in and it can touch in or rub the line if it's overfilled, and it's gonna decrease your casting distance.

Plus, what I've discovered as personal experience, if you overfill it, the line doesn't always line right back up evenly on the spool when you're retrieving it. It can load up on one side or the other. And while you're reeling it back in, it'll start to catch on either the piece of the frame of the baitcasting reel or on that thumb bar and it'll start to tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, and it'll catch.

And that can be really detrimental to when you're especially if you catch a fish, but it also, you, say, you're crankbait fishing or spinnerbait fishing and now your reel is clunking and catching and stuff, it's gonna ruin your retrieve. So make sure you fill it up to the proper amount of line on your reel and you're gonna have a lot better success not only with the casting and casting accuracy, but also in your presentations.