Christopher Smith

How To Fix A Baitcaster Backlash

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I love fishing for bass with a baitcasting reel, especially now that I know how to fix a baitcaster backlash.  I always used to just pick a the line to try to free it up and it only occasionally worked on mild backlashes.

Recently I was fishing from shore and I wound up to launch my buzzbait when I whacked the lure on some leaves behind me and the spool went crazy with the worst backlash ever.  Since I had just learned this trick I was able to clear the backlash and avoided having to cut the backlash out and re-spool my reel.

How To Fix a Baitcaster Backlash

In summary, you basically put mild to moderate pressure on the spool and then engage the reel and wind 1/2 to 1 turn of the handle and try to pull out the line.  Keep repeating this until the backlash is clear.

The other important thing is to avoid the backlash in the first place.

Avoiding Baitcaster Backlash

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Now that you know how to fix and avoid a baitcaster backlash, get out there and try these techniques. Let me know what you like to use your baitcasters for and where you choose spinning gear.

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3 Responses to How To Fix A Baitcaster Backlash

  1. Robin Follette March 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Great tip! I’ve been looking for a tool to help me untangle birds nests. Turns out that tool is already on my hand.

  2. Christopher Smith March 19, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Thanks Robin, I’ve used this trick many times and it often works!

  3. harry May 21, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Hi, Cool article. I really love to go fishing. There is really enormous benefits to going fishing. I can’t get enough!.


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