How To Spool A Bait Caster Like An Expert

How To Spool A Baitcaster Like An Expert

Spooling a fishing line in a bait caster is an embarrassing thing for many anglers who lack the knowledge on how to do it. Some anglers waste hundreds of fishing line yards only to become experts in creating backlashes on these fishing lines. This blueprint guides those anglers who experience the spooling embarrassment while thumbing the line on the bait caster and thus liberating them from this agony.


What is Baitcaster?

For those anglers who are in hurry of spooling a fishing line, then bait caster reel suits them. The bait caster reel is a small device with an electric motor and a special spindle which mounts a spool by wounding the fishing line. It is a perfect tool to practice thumbing for those who want to master the spooling technique.

A Baitcaster Details

A Baitcaster Details

A Step by Step Guide On How To Spool

Using Baitcaster Reel

All you need to do is to put the end of your line to the spool, flick a switch and all the line from your bait cast reel will wound on the spool.

Tying the Line Around the Spool

Tying the Line Around the Spool

You will need to use your thumb to control the speed rate and flow of line from the reel to the spool, which is not a difficult thing to do. The entire process of spooling can be completed in a few minutes. If you own a bait cast reel or are able to make one, then you will surely learn thumbing very quickly.

Reeling the Line on to the Reel

Reeling the Line on to the Reel. Via: wikiHow

You can discontinue the spooling task using the centrifugal brakes on your bait caster reel. The brake slots are always empty, and the spool of the reel is quite loose, and releasing your thumb leaves no noticeable resistance to the setup when casting. Thumbing can work like a magic charm when using this bait casting reel

Manually Without Using Baitcaster Reel

Spooling a bait caster also can be easily done without using the bait caster reel device, but you will need a friend to help you. The other person will simply wound the line from your reel onto his or her previously empty reel at a predetermined speed or rate. The thumb should always maintain contact with the line after the initial release to cast until the setup enters the water and stabilizes.

After you have your fishing line hanging without twisting it, remove the tension on the line and start loading the reel spool with line. Continue to apply pressure with your index and thumb fingers to the line as you reel. Once your fishing lines are within an eighth inch of the lip of the spool, stop reeling and as your reel is now fully loaded with line. If you are using a thick line on the reel, say anything over 25 lb, then test it as you may want to give yourself a little more room between the line and the spool lip.

The touch should be very light as if the thumb is a feathery stroking the line. Any anomaly in the line will be immediately felt, and the casting can be stopped at any time before a major backlash develops.

Reel in The Line Correctly

Reel in The Line Correctly

You get into practice and become proficient at using the thumb for line control which will save you from agony and frustration when casting and fishing. This may spare you from hearing the chuckles and sensing the eyes of others observing the progress rate of backlash repair, as it is in the case when learning how to handle the reel.

Bait caster filler spools may contain preset amounts which vary from 125 to 300 yards. Each reel is unique with varying capacity depending on the diameter of the line. This means that when you purchase a filler spool, you will either have some leftover which is nearly impossible to use or your reel will be under-filled and will not perform as well. 

Things To Be Aware Of

Novice anglers who usually do fill their reel with fresh lines every now and then should be aware of the following things:

Line Twist

According to,Nothing is more frustrating than a twisted line. When the line is rolled professionally, it comes off a bulk spool exactly as it went on it. This means that because of the horizontal axis spinning, no twist occurs during spooling. If you are attempting to spool at home, you're often forced to take your line off the spool in a circular loop.

Don't Over Fill the Spool

Don't Over Fill the Spool

This means that you are more prone to twisting. You can easily avoid twisting by placing a pencil or other object through the holes at the end of the spool. Having a second person on hand can help this process. If you're stuck on your own, you can create a spool holder from an old can and a pencil. You can drill holes into the side of the can, insert an appropriate rod, and put the spool inside the can. This process will allow the spool to spin freely.

Line Tension

Consider what would happen if your line didn't have the proper tension when you were fishing. Having your line professionally spooled means this is not something you normally have to concern yourself with. When a reel is being filled in a professional shop, measures are taken to ensure that something is acting as a brake.

This guarantees that the line lays down in the reel and that a when a large catch pulls on your tight drag the line doesn't get pulled through and cause a tangled mess. Applying tension when you're doing it yourself isn't that difficult as you can use the pages of a telephone book to run the line between and place a couple of books on top of it. This creates just enough drag. This drag or tension ensures that your reel is loaded snugly.

Beware of Line Tension

Beware of Line Tension

Line To Buy

How much line to buy is the final consideration and much of this depends on the reel manufacturer. Generally, quality manufacturers advise you of the weight and recommended amounts of line. Unfortunately, there are a variety of diameters for each pound of line.

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As a common norm buying too much line is preferable as it prevents under-spooling. If you're casting, you'll have far less problems if you're using a full spool. Regardless of the type of reel, you're using; your retrieval rate is always compromised if your reel is not well loaded. Tackle shops almost all carry bulk spools of the line which is about 1500 yards.

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Professionally spooled reel are preferable. However, if you're forced to do it yourself, you can use these handy tips to help ensure you successfully load your reel and get the most out of your fishing experience.

All in all, every true fisherman needs a bait caster and is a must he must know how to spool fishing line in it.

If you find this spooling guide being helpful to you, you should not forget to invite your fellow fishermen so that they may know how to spool too. Your comments and views are also welcomed too.

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Louella Trump

Hi there, I’m Louella Trump, an adventurous young lady who loves exploring our beautiful nature by traveling and fishing. I write so as to share my passion and experiences with fellow readers who enjoy fishing and traveling as one of their recreational activities. My primary objective in sharing my experiences while traveling and fishing is to basically inspire any like-minded person out there to stop at nothing and leave no stone unturned in ensuring that they explore their passion as much as they can.

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