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I'm always trying to figure out the right balance between spool resistance and lure weight. I usually set it so the lure drops slowly for about 10 inches and then stops, but from time to time still get some nasty backlashes. It is so frustrating becuase it generally nests up and you have to cut out the mess. I usually use my bait caster for Pike fising and have it strung with 20 lb flouro. Any reccomendations on how to minimalize backlashes. I know it is just a part of using a bait caster, but am curious if there are other things I should be doing. It only takes one good backlash to screw up a good day on the water. Luckily I take several rods with me each time. Thanks in advance for any advice. Going to hit up Stagecoach this weekend. Looking for that big 20+ lb ike.
 

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You can cinch it down so that the lure just hangs there in free spool and use a heavy lure for distance. I really don't like floro for that very reason. I use floro for leaders and trolling. I use 14 lb Sensation for pike and Wiper fishing and am very pleased with it! Unfortunately you will never totally eliminate backlashs!

I also carry a 7' MH spinning rod and 400 Stradic for throwing soft plastics and other light Pike baits.
 

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I find that I get more backlashes throwing lighter lures since you have to snap the rod more to get the casting velocity up. I tend to use pretty light centrifgual settings and have learned to use my thumb very effectively to control the spool speed. I think it's just experience and finding something that works for you.

there was a post on here a while ago where a guy would make a long cast and then put a piece of electrical tape around the spool so that if there is a backlash it can only go as deep as the tape. i haven't tried it but it seems like a good idea.
 

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I agree with you farmerted regarding the tendency for more backlashes with lighter lures. It's usually not a problem huckin big baits. The thumb has a lot to do with stopping a backlash before it gets ugly. Thanks for your insight fellas.
 
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smaller baits=spinning gear
large baits=baitcaster

I usually don't have any problems with braided lines on my baitcaster .....mono is fine also....but floro has always been a pain...I'll use it as a leader with my other lines but thats it
 

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a guy would make a long cast and then put a piece of electrical tape around the spool so that if there is a backlash it can only go as deep as the tape
wow, i cant beleive anyone remembered my tip. I actually read it in a book i have. The way i learned was with a water bubble. I filled the buble up full of water so it weighed a ton, then tied on a leader and pistol pete so i could at least fish while i was practicing. It was much easier to learn with a heavy weight.
 
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