Hey guys I posted this awhile ago on reddit and a lot of people seemed to like the advice. Its about getting your first baitcaster and what to expect. Let me know if I should add anything to it or feel free to add you own advice on getting started fishing. My goal is that eventually if someone posts a newbie question asking for advice one could just copy/paste and help them out that much quicker! Almost like a begginers guide to fishing.
I have that reel and I love it!
You WILL birds nest more than a few times but don't let that discourage you! A bait caster is a strong weapon in your fishing arsenal.
I would recommend starting with cheap braid, I find its easier to pull apart birds nests and wont mash up and stretch as you pull it apart.
On that note I would definitely recommend staying far away from fireline crystal line. That particular braid is like dental floss and will flatten out and mash together and then all you are left with is an expensive knot, at least from my experience.
Try using a heavier line as well. (again in my opinion) It's easier to locate the strands you need to pull to get them free and back to fishing.
Try very hard not to get frustrated. I know I did at first, all my buddies were laughing and catching hog after hog while I was frantically trying to let out line.
Try not to be stationary while you are pulling out line to get everything back to normal. Head to the back of the boat and peel out line evenly. This will allow the line to remain relatively straight and untangled and easier to reel back in.
Don't just pull line out. If you do get your birds nest undone. Keep pulling line out until it re-aligns. Just from experience there is generally something deeper in your spool that will cause the problem again. Sometimes there isn't, but, sometimes I pull out the whole fucking spool, also, use your thumb to lightly press on the line (while still allowing it to un-spool) to control the flow. This will help prevent it from re-bird nesting.
When re-spooling. Pinch the line between two fingers and provide a bit of tension. This will help line evenly re-spool and help with future casts.
Play with the drag and magnets before you cast. There is a certain sweet spot a lure will fall. Reel the lure almost to the tip and while your thumb lightly presses against the spool hit the release. It should drop at a medium to medium fast rate. The slower the rate, the less likely to bird nest but casting accuracy can be affected. The faster the rate the farther (and possibly more accurate) the cast.
Start with the slower rate first you may get frustrated at your cast but then you can tweak it more and more until its whirring so fast you think it should start smoking.
Choose your lures accordingly. It is a lot easier to cast a big lip-less crank or big spinner than it is to throw a lighter bait (like an inline spinner) . (big plastics work too) My favorites are my umbrellas and two rigged lures.
There are a few advanced techniques like pitching and punching through weed beds but I cant really explain how to do them exactly. It took me more than a few tries but eventually I pulled a nice 7lb large mouth out from a weed canopy. Basically its like pitching a lure but on steroids. You find a nice group of matted weed and huck a football jig type jig with some form of plastic trailer as HIGH AS YOU CAN. It then plummets back to and through the top portion of the canopy weed bed and triggers a strike from and big bass patrolling near by.
Enjoy your new bait-caster and good luck!