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#1 Elton

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 06:27 AM

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i've just bought a baitrunner reel and want to know the best way to use it.


There's a brief explanation of what a baitrunner is, here:

http://www.carpreel...._carp_reel.html

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 06:13 PM

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buy a book/video or get some tuition

ducks and runs for cover :lol:

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 07:31 PM

A fixed spool reel with the 'baitrunner' feature allows you to have your normal clutch setting for when you have a fish on but to have another and usually much lighter setting for the baitrunner clutch.

When the rod is in a rest (bank stick, rod pod, whatever) you engage the baitrunner clutch so the fish will not feel pressure and then when you strike, you are put immediately onto the main clutch.

It is preferred by many anglers over the other option of just opening your bail because it does keep a very light tension on the line which is much easier to deal with if conditions are windy or if there is current.

Most 'baitrunner' reels are designed so that turning the handle automatically moves you from baitrunner clutch to the main clutch but some reels require you to manually switch over.

The answer to your specific question about the best way to use it will depend on where and how you are fishing. Without knowing that, we can't give much help which is why this topic sat for a while with no answers.
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Posted 29 June 2006 - 08:24 PM

I dont think anyone replied because we were all waiting for "All things piscatorial" to come on and reccomend a PAA coach......................who would gladly help er,erm for an exhorbitant (sp?) fee that is.
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Posted 29 June 2006 - 09:17 PM

Stephen..simple answer...go to your local tackle shop and ask to be shown...or go to the local lake and ask someone fishing...1 minute of instruction is worth a thousand words of description (sorry Newt :) )

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 09:23 PM

I thought they were purely to make a fish hook itself on a bolt rig without pulling the rod in.
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Posted 29 June 2006 - 09:44 PM

I had to look twice then to see which Peter was posting then!

Too right they are getting harder Den! maybe thats why no PAA coachs have replied?

Elton where does the Steven dude live?

Den is right though,despite Newts well worded reply its a shame the guy cant go out with some one as judging by this question I bet hes loads of others to,or will have any way! Thats the real problem with angling...the more you learn the more you realise that there is still so much more to learn! Questions begat questions! (Cor that was almost biblical!) :rolleyes:
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Posted 03 July 2006 - 11:36 AM

Obvious, but...
  • Ensure that the anti-reverse switch is on so that the reel handle cannot rotate backwards.
  • Don't set the bait runner clutch too loose.
Both of the above are so you don't get tangles or a birds nest on a fast run, a locked up reel kind of negates the freespool advantages :blink:.

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 01:43 PM

I thought they were purely to make a fish hook itself on a bolt rig without pulling the rod in.


Oh. I thought that they were to stop the 410 bail arm ripping into my knuckles every time I had a "Churner"... :2:
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Posted 04 July 2006 - 08:02 AM

when you strike, you are put immediately onto the main clutch.

not always the case some reels you have to turn the baitrunner off before striking