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How to prevent a birds nest?  

Do you think it’s because you thumb it to late ?  To loose a spool? 

What are your thoughts ?

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Make sure to adjust the spool tension to the proper setting based on the weight of the plug. Having a tuned in thumb is also critical IMO.

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Practice for sure but adj reel for the proper lure weight is also key! Having a educated thumb helps ! Putting line on as tight as possible helps also , so when fighting a fish line does not dig in on the spool causing future backlash!

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Assuming your a bass fisherman, most casts won't be over 100 feet and more will be under 50. Peel off 100 feet of line and place a short (3") piece of electrical tape on the spool. Reel the line back on. The tape will minimize the line that can birds nest. If you get into a big fish and it takes out more line, the tape will come off. Saw this on Bassmaster.

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Practice, practice, turn it into muscle memory. Your thumb should react without you conscious thinking how to stop the spool.  Smooth casting action, no jerk, no sudden stop.  When you just started, no hero cast. It's about accuracy, not distance.

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smoooooth action with the rod.. lots of people try to "snap cast" with a baitcaster", especially if they have fished spinning for a long time.  longer slower motion and make sure you follow through.. it results in more gradual acceleration of the spool....   

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To adjust for lure weight hold the rod out and set the spoil tension adjustment so the lure falls to the ground and the spool doesn't bird nest, that would be the right setting for that lure.

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On 2/24/2019 at 9:46 AM, ccb said:

How to prevent a birds nest?  

Do you think it’s because you thumb it to late ?  To loose a spool? 

What are your thoughts ?

What reel is it?

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On 2/24/2019 at 0:02 PM, ken r said:

Make sure to adjust the spool tension to the proper setting based on the weight of the plug. Having a tuned in thumb is also critical IMO.

2x’s also the magnet brake setting must be to your ability of casting that reel .  

Edited by Hook I

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