How To String A Baitcaster For Efficiency

Going fishing is an exciting expedition. However, you get more experienced by learning the basics of the activity. The basics may include: knowing how to tie your bait to the line, or how to string a baitcaster reel.

Anglers commonly use a baitcaster or spinning reel. Using spinning reels is easier than a bait caster. This reel requires more experience than the spinning reel. Luckily, there’s nothing you cannot achieve if you choose to learn.

To string a baitcaster, you will need to have the following:

  • Pencil or screwdriver with a long neck.
  • Reel spooling station.
  • Fishing line and bait casting reel.
  • Fishing pliers or scissors for trimming extra line.


Steps to Follow in Stringing a Bait Caster

Once you have the outlined equipment at the ready, then you are ready to go. It may require you to have a helper, though this is not necessary. You can improvise and use a carton box or any other object that can act as an axial.

Step 1:

You need to ensure that your line has a full diameter. The reason for this is that a thin line will lead to backlashing and tangling of your line as you fish. Preferably, use a 10/12 pound test line and higher to the spool.

Crank the handle of your reel to determine the direction of the spool. It will help you decide on which direction you will be able to feed the line from the spool to the spool of your reel in a continuous loop.

Step 2:

To act as a reel spooling station, you can have someone to give you a hand, or only use a carton box. Pass the screwdriver through the hole of the spool and let the helper hold it for you. If you are using a cardboard box, poke it on one of its sides with the screwdriver.

Pass the driver through the spool and into the other end of the box. The driver acts as an axial for the spool. It holds it firm so that you can spool your reel effectively. It is an efficient way to keep the line straight and steady.

Step 3:

Thread the line through the first guide on your reel, pull it into the line receiver of the reel, to the back of it. Using your fishing pliers, grab the line in the middle of the receiver, hold it and do the same from the top.

Tie the ends of the wire into a knot, say a uni-knot, or an overhand knot. If your spool has holes, you can thread the line into one of the holes and crank your reel. The line will come back around and it will be easier for you to tie a knot.

Step 4:

Cut the tag end of the line as close as you can, to the tie, and begin to reel the line slowly. For consistency, put your hand on the line and continue to spin slowly. You could also hold the line between your thumb and the forefinger.

It will help set the line tightly so that it doesn’t dig into the other loops of line. Leave about a 6th of an inch of space on the spool of your reel. You can then cut the line, leaving extra line of about 3 feet. It will be essential for tying your hook or weights.

The whole process takes approximately ten to fifteen minutes, from start to finish.

Advantages of Using a Baitcaster Reel

Using a baitcaster reel has its benefits over using a spinning reel. They include:

  • A bait caster allows an angler to control their fishing line with the thumb. This power makes it more accurate than when using a spinning reel.
  • The making of bait casters is in a way that they do not have a bail ring. This attribute enhances the spooling off of the spool reel at a 90o angle. It, therefore, offers the angler, support and greater control when casting. 
  • They also cast the line farther than the spinning reel.
  • It is easier to tie your fishing line on a baitcaster. However, this has to be done in a proper manner to avoid tangling or backlashing as you fish.

When spooling with braided line, you should use a monofilament line as backing. Braided lines have no traction and will, therefore, slide around the spool. Adding a monofilament line is a way to save some money on your fishing line.

You will then follow the outlined steps to spool the monofilament line. When done, you can then go ahead and tie the braided line and monofilament, in a knot, e.g., Uni-knot or a double uni-knot.

Continue to retrieve the line to your preferred length. Remember that you shouldn’t overfill the spool, you need to leave some space. When you spool your line correctly, then you will avoid any backlashes or tangle when fishing.

Out With The Old When Using A Baitcaster Reel

It is important to change the line of your reel frequently. Old lines become weak and will lead to backlashing. The heat of the sun and also long time usage, degrade its strength. Ensure that you properly disposed of your old line.

They are environmental hazards. Installing a new line in the right way ensures a smooth operation of your reel. Thread it through each of the guides of your reel. If you haven't installed your new line tightly, it will result in unreliable casting.

Keep a close eye on the line of your reel every time you go fishing. If its strength is fading, then it is time to spool a new line. You should also ensure that the surface of the spool is smooth and clean for efficiency in casting.

Even as you spool the reel, stop once in awhile to check the result. If there are any twists or the line is spooled too tight, you need to stop retrieving and fix the issue. You should also check for any signs that the line wants to come off and rectify the problem.


Choosing to learn how to string a baitcaster reel, is one step forward, in becoming a great angler. The steps are few and easy to follow, even for a newbie. Though bait caster is typical mostly among experienced anglers, you can also give it a try.

They are more advantageous to use while fishing. They give you greater control, and you also get to cast your fishing line further. For newbies, using a spinning reel is easier as you get to learn more tricks.

With experience, you can then upgrade to using a baitcaster reel. If you are using braided line, first, you need to spool with a little bit of monofilament. It should be about 3 to 6 yards of monofilament line as backing for the braided line.

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