Info. for Baitcasting reels with antibacklash?
Im not the best or most experienced fisherman, but I want to buy a bait-casting reel. Im more experienced with a spin-cast, my dad does have a few old bait-casting reels but not the new ones with that you push with your thumb. So I have a problem with backlash. It seem like those new ones prevent backlash. There are some like the Pflueger that have a “Magnetic Antiblacklash Control” how does that work? How about the new Shakespeare EZ Cast that even has on and off switch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh3B-z9UbqM . Any info or suggestions? Im doing mainly saltwater fishing from a pier or the shore. THANKS!
The two main kinds of anti-backlash features on baitcasting reels, other than the spool tension adjustment, are magnetic braking and centrifugal braking. Reels typically come with one or the other, or none at all. Whichever type you select, try to get a reel with some adjustibility in the setting, not an on/off switch.
The magnetic braking anti-backlash reels use one or more small, high strength magnets affixed to the reel housing and an aluminum spool (usually). The gap between the magnet(s) and the spool is usually adjustable. When the spool rotates, the magnet induces an electric current in the spool called an eddy current, which produces its own magnetic field. The magnetic fields of the magnet and the eddy current oppose each other, the result being a braking force on the spool. The closer the magnet is to the spool and the faster the spool rotation, the greater the braking.
The centrifugal braking anti-backlash reels use small plastic pins that protrude from a ring attached to one side of the spool. The pin-ring assembly fits inside a shallow cylindrical housing in the reel housing. When the spool turns the pins move outward due to centrifugal motion and engage the cylindrical housing in the reel housing with light pressure. This produces drag on the spool. Again, the faster the spool turns, the greater the braking.
I sometimes use a low profile saltwater baitcasting reel by Daiwa called the Coastal Inshore Special that uses the centrifugal braking system. It casts great and rarely backlashes. It came with four plastic braking pins, and if I remember right, they were adjustable in some way, although it has been so long since I installed them, I don’t recall how I adjusted them. Other times, I use a Cabelas Salt Striker round baitcasting reel that has nothing more than the spool tension adjustment, because I have a “trained thumb”.
The freespool tension adjustment is a straight friction device that is set by hand via a knob on the outside of the reel. Its function does not depend on spool rotation speed. The general advice is to set the tension just enough so that the weight of your bait/lure (when held out of the water) is just heavy enough to take line from the reel slowly.
Any of these three features will allow you to reduce but not eliminate backlash. They all reduce your casting distance too, to some extent. If you reduce their settings, you will be able to cast farther, but unless you have a “trained thumb”, you will risk getting more backlashes. It will be worth your time to practice thumbing the spool during casting to control spool speed and prevent backlashes, even when using an anti-backlash device. Eventually, you will be able to reduce the settings and cast farther.
With lots of experience, it won’t matter if the reel has no backlash control at all, because you will be able to control it entirely with your thumb.
P.S. This is more like what you need for saltwater fishing.
Freshwater rods and reels don’t hold up very well at all in saltwater.
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