This is what I originally suggested to the guy at Gander Mountain, putting on some cheap heaver mono line just to practice with. But he came back and said that he found that it was easier to learn with heaver braid. I know since I started using braid on my spinning setup, I absolutely love it, so I agreed with him.Turtle135 wrote:Had one thought. You could get a spool of Trilene XT 14 pound test for about $ 6.00 to $ 7.00. You might consider practicing with less expensive mono in the beginning instead of inadvertantly turning the braid you want to use into a rats nest with a bad overrun.
I’m going to have to see which feels more natural to me. When I use my spinning reel, I typically cast with my right hand, switch positioning, and then reel with my right. Little strange, I know, but that’s what feels comfortable to me. So I’m wondering if maybe a left handed baitcaster is actually going to be what I need. I’ll find out when I get some time to practice. I have 90 days no questions asked to exchange my setup so I’m not concerned.CB Kayak 02 wrote:I just switched over a baitcasters for a few setups this year am I'm very happy with the results. It took a little while to get used to, but now I prefer my baitcaster in a lot of situations.
Although I use a left handed bait caster because to me it is more natural and feels right after using spinning reels my whole life.
Yeah, I plan on starting with 4 brakes, opposite one another as this is what was suggested by the guy at Gander and from what I’ve seen on YouTube. It was also recommended to turn the tension up too.Mr_Scrogg wrote:I'll agree with above, heavier Mono is cheaper, and probably a tad better to learn on. Besides, if it's a crankbait rod, the stretch in the mono won't be ripping the trebles out of the fish's mouth.
Start with 4 brakes, opposite one another, and when you get comfortable, start dialing them back. I think I ran 2 all them time, unless I was fishing lighter lures. Then I'd leave one on.
Good luck and don't get discouraged. We all have professional overruns.
I’ll definitely consider this type of line. It seems popular Since I started using the Power Pro braid on my spinning reel, I’m not sure if I can go backoubassman wrote:Congrats on the set-up. Baitcasters are great for cranks and spinnerbaits.
I'll 2nd or 3rd the suggestion on mono instead of braid, even when you're done "practicing" and feel comfortable. The one benefit of mono with cranks was mentioned, which was the "stretch" that will allow you a little cushion with cranks. The same can be applied to spinnerbaits when you're reeling fast & the bass just crush the spinnerbait.
I personally like the 12# P-line CXX in moss green on my MH Mojo spinnerbait rod. I use that just for spinnerbaits & love the setup.
@Hanover_Yakker, if it’s so much easier to cast when the break/resistance is high, why don’t a majority of the people just use this setup compared to no break/resistance? Is it because with no break/resistance, you can cast further?
Padre wrote:Well, first of all, you need to understand that all the guys who have responded so far are just trying to make you feel okay about the crappy setup you got. A Citica and a St. Croix Mojo? Those aren't going to work at all, especially when you're just starting out. I'll save you the frustration - just pack that combo off to me, get yourself something else, and then, after you've learned to use it... say, maybe 4 or 5 years, i'll send this one back to you. You don't have to thank me publicly; i'm just here to help out.
Seriously - that's a sweet setup you've got, one that will serve you well for a long time. You've gotten some really good advice here already, so i'll just add one more thing. (If someone has said this previously and i missed it, i apologize.) I'd suggest not trying to learn, at least at the very beginning, with a lure on the water. Get an appropriately sized practice plug (or just a lead sinker), tie it on, and go out on the lawn or something similar. No obstructions or tree branches or (preferably) spectators. That way you have only your cast to focus on. You're going to get backlashes, so expect them and don't take them as signs of failure.
Keep us posted.
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