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    Default Best Type Of Line For A Baitcasting Reel

    I'm just starting to use a Baitcasting Reel. What is the consensus about the best type of line to use with emphasis on cutting back on the number of birds nests? I really like using braided line and have switched all of my spin casters that way. Will it work on a Baitcaster? Thanks All.
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    yes braid will work on all types of reels, Using a backer such as mono or electric tape is crucial just like on a spinning reel. I use braid on my bait casters, but also like mono as well for certain things.
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    Rus, I agree with Zach. I have been using braid on all my bait casters for the last two years. Mono backer does the trick for me as well. I am casting a 1/4 oz jig around 20 yds with no birds' nest. Just set the reel brake and thumb the spool. One note of warning, I learned the hard way about over powering my rod with braid, cost me a new Star rod.
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    T've used baitcasters for decades and learned one thing well
    the type line has little to No effect on the number or severity of bird's nesting you're gonna get.
    Practice practice practice
    start with a cheap line and find a football field to practice on.
    vary the weights you're throwing
    use old plugs with the hooks removed to gain insight into wind resistance
    cast with the wind to start and when your thumb aquires an education try casting into the wind.
    Start off just trying to lob the bait sidearm or underhand save the frustration of overhead casting for when your thumb instinctively knows when to buckle down
    cast with your wrist not your body ( something that every Kayaker should practice)
    after you've gotten comfortable try casting into the wind
    cast from a lawn chair moving down to a beach chair end up seated on the ground and casting
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    All baitcasters (low-profile, conventional reels) are not created equal- cheap baitcasters are abominations and bird's nest creators...Revos, Curados, Ambassadeurs are reels I use and are a lot easier to cast without a backlash- still will get a minor one when I get in a hurry and make a mistake. I use Cabela's Rip Chord SI 20# test braid on my Abu Revo SX and Curado 200E7 reels.

    I have used "bait casters" all my adult life...using them is second nature to me- I feel they give a big advantage for leverage on large fish- the line twist of spinning reels is not a factor in conventional reels and the high dollar Abu Revo's, Diawas, and Shimano's can cast just about any weight lures- When it comes to ultra light fishing, spinning reels shine- they win- hands down- and it is totally different experience casting sitting in a kayak seated than casting standing in a boat- takes some adjustments and it has a learning curve getting used to it- at least it was for me- and I backlashed a lot more seated than standing- took me a while-

    P.S.- I have not had any luck with Bass Pro brand baitcasters- the $90 (on sale) top of their line Johnny Morris signature models is a backlash waiting to happen for me- same with the Quantum reels- I fish two Revo SX and a Curado 200E7 reels for just about everything- for my heavy-duty fishing I use 6500 C-3 Abu's....the "sweet spot" for a high-quality, yet affordable reel in this category is about $150.00 although the top of the line low-profile casting reel is $450.00...
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    Yup, braid works fine on baitcasters. I've only ever had one backlash that resulted in cutting. I had way more with mono. I have a couple points to add in addition to everyone's excellent advice: 1) don't fill the spool all the way (less filled spool = slower spool speeds, I think), and 2) picking birds nests out of heavier braid seems easier to me than lighter braid, at least for 20lb test vs. 10lb.
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    you get what you pay for with baitcasters. Don't go cheap or you will hate them.
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    The way I learned to cast with a baitcaster was to use the same 3/8 ounce spinnerbait with mono and just cast and cast and cast. Because the weight and the wind resistance was always the same it helped in educating my thumb. In the beginning it was cast, pick out backlash, retreive, cast, pick out backlash, retrieve (repeat).

    Eventually I was able to cast that lure very well, caught a bunch of bass along the way and was able to venture into casting different lures with different weights and wind resistances. I did start out with a cheap baitcaster as I did not know any better and I don't think I could afford much at the time.

    Now, I use baitcasters over 90% of the time as I just love the accuracy and the direct contact with the presentation.
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    I've used mono and braid. Like others have said, you are gonna birdsnest with either. Many people will say that braid gives you worse birdsnests and that's true if a) You get too thin of line and b) If you have the brakes wide open! LOL For Mono I would go with about 15-20 lb. If you want to use braid go with about 30#. The thinner the diameter the worse your birdsnests can get. Just start slow... there are a lot of vids on youtube on how to tune a baitcaster ESP. for beginners. Don't try to cast it 75 yards the first time out with it, go slow. If you can get 5 yards without blowing up that's great!! Then slowly test your limits. You catch on with them pretty quickly. I fish a baitcaster whenever I can and I just started using them about 2 seasons ago!

    Now others have mentions starting with a good baitcaster first. I haven't had extensive purchases as they have, but what I learned on was an Abu Garcia Black Max. I still use it too. It's a great reel that you can get for like $40. So you won't break the bank and it has mag brakes so it helps while you are learning to thumb the spool.

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    The black max was discontinued from garcia they now make a better version called the silver max with a flippingnswitch for 50 i believe . Very solid reel
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