I have covered setting drag and setting the spool tensioner on a baitcast fishing reel in articles in the past and put together and in depth tutorial on casting a baitcast reel as part of the coverage on catfishing techniques and catfish reels here on the site but I still get questions from people constantly about learning to cast and how to properly setup a reel.
I also find people diverting to other equipment (like spinning reels or spincast reels) because they don’t know how to cast with a baitcast reel or are intimidated by it.
Using a baitcast reel is really no big deal and with a little practice and having the reel setup correctly, the process of casting will come much easier.
Making sure the spool tensioner is set correctly will help with casting and setting the drag correctly will help keep you from losing that fish of a lifetime at the most inopportune time.
With the recent catfishing quick tip catfishing videos on using a bait clicker for catfish I started a whole new firestorm of questions and realized I might have been putting the cart before the horse on the video series so I wanted to quickly cover setting drag and setting the spool tensioner (one last time).
Setting the drag correctly is essential. You can compensate for a drag that is too loose but with the drag being set too tight, your line will snap with a big fish.
The drag needs to be set properly and you can always increase the drag if needed, but you cannot make up for a lost fish.
I’ve seen lots of people and other website outlining techniques for using scales and complex equations for setting the drag on a reel and it is a total waste of time.
Setting The Spool Tensioner
The spool tensioner is what helps slow the spool down when casting.
The more experience you get casting with a baitcast reel the less concern you will have with this and the looser and looser you will be able to keep this. If you’re getting backlashes or having trouble casting, setting the spool tensioner correctly is the best place to start.
This is a quick and simple adjustment process.
I walk you through the whole process in this weeks catfishing quick tip video.
This article is part of an ongoing series on catfish reels that covers everything you need you need to know about choosing catfish reels and setting them up for use. Check out the tutorial for more information.
You can also get the free Catfish Gear 101 eBook that covers catfish rods and reels and everything you would ever need to know about rods and reels for catfish.