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3morereps
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Braid baitcaster question
I recently picked up a lews mach crush combo and got pretty comfortable using it with 12 lb mono. I just switched to 20 pound braid today and had two really bad birds nests. There is only about 1/4 of the spool filled up after the birds nests. Will only 1/4 of the spool hurt casting distance or should i just respool the whole thing?

Tia
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Big_country346
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Belle Rose
Member since Jul 2013
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re: Braid baitcaster question
You can't untie a birdnest?


I'd respool anyway.


PillageUrVillage
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Mordor
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re: Braid baitcaster question
Respool. A less than full spool needs to turn more to retrieve a set amount of line. The same applies for line going out. Your casting distance and retrieve speed suffers. It also affects your drag.

ETA: set the brakes as high as they’ll go and walk it back until you reach a comfortable setting.
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3morereps
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re: Braid baitcaster question
It would have taken awhile. It was bad. Ijust cut a shite load of it out.


animalcracker
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re: Braid baitcaster question
Respool,cast, put a piece of tape across line left so if you backlash it will only go so far into your spool. Makes it easier to untangle.


3morereps
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re: Braid baitcaster question
Okay, so i respooled with 30 pound pp braid and it feels a lot better than the 20. The 20 seemed too thin. I didnt do the tape, but hopfully i wont back lash as bad with the thirty, fingers crossed. I'm really enjoying the baitcaster, wish i would have gotten one sooner.


animalcracker
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It isn't to late to add the tape just in case.


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The Torch
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Member since Aug 2014
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re: Braid baitcaster question
I've been throwing bait casters for 30 years and have had some massive backlashes, the only ones I have never been able to get out are braid.

I stopped fishing it


jaydoubleyew
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Member since Oct 2011
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re: Braid baitcaster question
Id imagine 20 and 30lb power pro would be tough on a baitcaster because it’s so thin. I like the 50lb because it’s still only 12lb diameter.


speckledawg
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Member since Nov 2016
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re: Braid baitcaster question
30lb minimum on baitcasters, preferably 50. It will dig bad if any smaller.


jorconalx
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alexandria
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re: Braid baitcaster question
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I've been throwing bait casters for 30 years and have had some massive backlashes, the only ones I have never been able to get out are braid.

I stopped fishing it



yep


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KG6
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re: Braid baitcaster question
I used to back the braid with mono. Helps a little and is cheaper. Like some have said, you want that diameter of line as thick as possible to reduce spool rotation speed. Putting some mono (thicker) helps fill the spool with less yardage. Some say it helps stop the line from digging too, but not sure that's true since there's still a significant amount of braid spoiled on top itself.


LSULEFTY
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re: Braid baitcaster question
I put mono on first as well.


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MorningWood
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re: Braid baitcaster question
Spool about 20 yards of mono first then tie a uni knot to the braid and spool the rest of the spool. You will thank me and bird nest won’t bite all the way down.


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Columbia
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re: Braid baitcaster question
Switched to braid a year ago and hate that shite.


SneakyWaff1es
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re: Braid baitcaster question
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30lb minimum
I use 10 lb braid on my casting reels. I've read this digging thing on here multiple times and have never had it happen to me. I guess I'm just lucky.


TheDrunkenTigah
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Member since Aug 2011
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re: Braid baitcaster question
As others have said you have to make sure you’re not fishing too light of braid. 20lb power pro is the same diameter as 6lb mono. Anything less than 10lb mono is tough to throw on a baitcaster if there’s a little bit of wind or you forget to dial it back in after switching baits. There’s really no practical reason I can think of to use less than 30lb braid for bass.


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Fishhead
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re: Braid baitcaster question
I've used pp exclusively since 2004. No backing. I can see how on older reels or lesser reels it could cause an issue, but with today's reel technology, I don't get these issues.


Bigryno7
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Nola
Member since Jun 2009
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re: Braid baitcaster question
I throw almost exclusively 30, with 50lb on my frogging rod. All power pro super slick. I’ve thrown 20 before but it tends to dig.


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TheDrunkenTigah
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re: Braid baitcaster question
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I've used pp exclusively since 2004. No backing. I can see how on older reels or lesser reels it could cause an issue, but with today's reel technology, I don't get these issues.


What are you guys doing with 10lb braid on a baitcaster? I’m scratching my head here.


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