How To Cast A Baitcaster

Baitcasting reels are a go-to option for heavy fishing such as largemouth bass, tuna, marlin or, northern pike at a farther distance. However, for the first time or in the starting, it’s hard to cast with a baitcaster especially when you are used to spinning reels. However, there are simple steps that will help you how to cast a baitcaster without forming any baitcasting backlash. 

How To Cast A Baitcaster

Though, before you cast a baitcaster make sure you have a better understanding of setting magnetic brake on baitcaster, how to spool, and other adjustments. Nevertheless, we have also explained this in the following text but for the detailed explanation, you can click on the linkS mentioned. 

Five simple steps for how to use a baitcaster and cast it:

Fishing line:

Fishing line
Reel is the real deal!

The first step is to choose the line you are fishing from the three available as mono, fluoro, and braid depending on your skill and fishing condition. If you are a beginner, you must have a lack of knowledge about how to use baitcaster. And, thus you should choose a heavy line of around 15 to 18 lb of monofilament or fluorocarbon with medium-heavy lures.  

The reason is the knotting mechanism of each line while the mono and fluoro have the best knotting mechanism. So it will hold the spool perfectly and spoil the process in between whereas, braid no matter how effective, can do that. However, there are a few baitcasting tips and tricks which you can find here for using braid perfectly. 

Settings and adjustments:

Are you a beginner? this might help.

Although, the first step is to spool the baitcaster which requires you to tie the knot and set the line according to the guide linked above. However, after you have spooled the line, the most crucial step is to set up the reel with the rod. At this point, you have to lure the bait at the top of the rod plus make sure the arc you’re setting is a semi-circle and not straight from point A to B, similar to that in a spinning reel. 

Then comes the knob control setting, all you have to do is to tight it up while pressing the thumb and you’re all set. For the safe side, you can repeat the steps before casting a baitcaster to check the tension. After these steps, you can reel the line and remember to stop when it is 12 inches left from the end of the rod. 

Set the arc: 

Set the arc 
Arc to fetch, fish to catch.

Now you have to set the arc and position before you throw the bait. For this purpose, you need to hold the rod “horizontally”. Since if you were previously a spinning reel fisherman you’ll likely throw in the vertical direction and that’s where the trouble began for how to baitcast properly. 

Moreover, you need to set the arc, or may call as the angle. Here you have to bend your elbow in such a way that it makes a 90-degree right angle. Now, you can raise the rod and throw it into the water. 

Spool control and Grips: 

Then comes the spool control and grippings just after you have set the line and position. The effective holding mechanism involves the thumb right on the spool and in contact with the button while the fingers should be at the bottom of the reel. Keep the thumb just above the spool after the bait travels in the air and touches the water.

This is the most critical moment for how to cast baitcaster since the wind, gravity and other conditions affect the line and the chances are you’ll backlash instantly. However, the reason why this happens is that the gravity and the wind slow down the lure. Whilst, the spool speed remains the same which causes the line to tangle in between. 

Thumb control:

Without proper thumb control, you cant learn how to cast a baitcaster effectively. There are certain moments in which the use of an educated thumb is most important otherwise you will lose it all to backlashes and bird’s nesting. At first, when you have freed up the line from the spool and it meets the water, you need to stop the line by pressing it with the thumb at the right time. Overall, you must have your thumb set slightly over the spool to keep the line in check and order. 

Hand Orientation:

Here is to mention one of the most interesting facts about the baitcasting reel. If you’re a left-handed fisherman, the reel for you cant be with left side handles since you’re holding the reel with your left hand and need to switch hands for retrieving. Case reserved, if you chose the reel right hand-oriented reel, you’ll be in a lot of flexibility since you can hold it up effectively without losing control and don’t require the switch the hand as well. 


Typically, with a baitcaster, you can cast up to 30 to 40 yards without any difficulty. However, it also depends upon the size of the rod as well as the distance you throw your bait at. 

Although you can absolutely cast lighter lures but here you have to take care of one thing that you’re not forcing much power while throwing otherwise it will cause a bird’s nest. 

This is because the lure has been slowed down while the spool remains spinning at the same speed which causes what we call “backlashes” and this is what stops you to cast farther. 


Here is to summarise how to cast a baitcaster for you to quickly rewind the steps. Set up the braking and drag system after spooling the line. In the next step, throw the line after setting up the position and arc. Plus, make sure you adjust the spool tension. 

Finally, with efficient thumb control at perfect timing, you are all set to cast a baitcaster with zero backlashing. However, remember to lock the spool once you have turned off the release. And you’re all set to cast your baitcaster.

Clinton Shannon

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