Hope all is well and that the fish are treating everyone nice. i ended up defeating my curse that i mentioned in my first post under the welcome section
I recently got setup with my first baitcasting rod. The setup is a Browning BS110hb spooled with 30lb power pro braid. The Rod is a 7' bass pro Graphte series that is Medium with a fast tip.
Now that my basics are given im having problems with casting. 80 percent of the time i make a cast the line almost locks. here are the steps i make before a cast.
1) set the tension knob based on the weight of the lure. Making the bait fall at slow motion.
2) i usually leave my brakes set at 5-7. ive been playing around with them to see what works best. 7 being more forgiving.
3. push down the button holding onto the spool at 10 oclock.
4 smoothly follow through till 2oclock and release at either 1 or 2. while aplying a bit of pressure with my thumb.
5. stoping the spool with my thumb before the line hits the water.
After 20 feet of line comes out the reel locks and stops letting out line and i end up with a big birds nest.
I end up spending more time fixing birdsnests than fishing and i hate it. but i do like the feeling of the smoothness when im reeling in a fish.
could someone provide be better casting tips. and help me set the rod properly?
could it be the braid? Should i put on mono?
i really dont understand whats going on.
I believe this teqnique seems to be okay. could someone help? My sidecast is alot more forgiving, however one of my fishing spots on shore doesnt provide me with enough room to sidecast a 7' rod.
Thanks in advance.