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mason.howell.5

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First baitcaster
« on: July 06, 2018, 10:37:37 AM »

I was gifted a Shakespeare Xterra baitcaster from a friend. I purshed a Daiwa Aird X rod for it. Upon looking at the reel more its only a 1 bearing and 5.1:1 gear ratio. Should I even try using this reel for my first setup or will I get frustrated and never try a baitcaster again?

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Re: First baitcaster
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2018, 10:45:03 AM »

Only one way to find out.  lo
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Re: First baitcaster
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2018, 10:51:18 AM »

That reel will help you learn the mechanics of using a b/c and train your thumb on the intricacy's of spool control, once you get a handle on that, I think you will gravitate towards another better reel, really soon.  ;)
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Re: First baitcaster
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2018, 12:00:23 PM »

I am big on using what you have and being budget friendly gear.  I would give it a shot and see if you like it.  You can always upgrade in the future.
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Re: First baitcaster
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2018, 12:23:25 PM »

Thanks for the reply's

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Re: First baitcaster
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2018, 03:47:31 PM »

I don't see why it won't work.  Based on my experience, learning on a more challenging reel makes you appreciate the higher end stuff.

It also puts you ahead of the game compared to many now a days.  Some over the hill salts can remember the days when the biggest "new" thing in fishing was centrifugal brakes, a great improvement over thumb control, Now many people don't know what thumb control is, and how important a skill it actually is.

Just use some inexpensive, yet decent mono line like 10 or 12lb Big Game or something like that.  This way if you go through a bunch of it during your learning curve, you aren't out a big bunch of bucks.  Remember you are there to learn about using the reel more than catching fish.  (Did I actually type that out loud?)
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Re: First baitcaster
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2018, 04:27:37 PM »

That reel will help you learn the mechanics of using a b/c and train your thumb on the intricacy's of spool control, once you get a handle on that, I think you will gravitate towards another better reel, really soon.  ;)

Lou is right on the money.

I had a Shakespeare Alpha reel that was also a single bearing 5.1:1 reel. All I really wanted at the time was the rod it came on but it was a combo . The reel was alright for what it was and if I wasn't already comfortable with a baitcaster I think it would have been okay to learn on.
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