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08-16-2019 06:59 PM
Festivus Another thing to add on the Mettle baitcaster is that it has those little boots for the centrifugal brake system. Be careful when you adjusting those, I've had a few pop off when I went to turn them on, they are tiny. I try not to adjust too much on the water unless necessary. Also, on the mettles if you tighten the spool tension knob too much you will have problems getting the side plate back on unless you weaken the knob again. I've learned the hard way on the reel, but it's a solid reel and will last a long time.
08-12-2019 01:53 PM
WillieT
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Originally Posted by sharkchum View Post
It's the simplest thing in the world. Once you get the setting on the reel right and learn to use your thumb it's a piece of cake. I don't know where your located at, but if your anywhere around me, I would be more than happy to teach you.
I appreciate that. I live between Pt Lavaca and Palacios but have been to Sargent a few times. I may holler at you the next time I’m headed that way.
08-12-2019 12:34 PM
habanerojooz Tobin’s guidance on how to set the centrifugal mechanism on the LH side of the reel is good stuff. Many people never adjust that at all.

One tip for the spool tensioner dial on the RH side. Hold rod parallel to the ground and let the lure fall to the ground. The dial tension should allow the lure to fall slowly to the ground and when the lure hits the ground, your spool should go an additional 1/4 turn or less. This is a good starting point. Make a few casts and then make additional adjustments from there.

Learn to feather the spool with your thumb during the cast. This skill comes with time and it makes a very big difference as each cast will vary depending on wind, lure weight, your casting style, etc.
08-12-2019 10:13 AM
sharkchum It's the simplest thing in the world. Once you get the setting on the reel right and learn to use your thumb it's a piece of cake. I don't know where your located at, but if your anywhere around me, I would be more than happy to teach you.
08-12-2019 09:25 AM
WillieT
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Originally Posted by TeXasWaterMan View Post
watch some youtube videos , then find a park or large yard and get work in, pick some targets and find the distance and dial in control and in ten years you ll put back lashes in the past for ever.
Not sure if I have 10 years.
08-12-2019 08:25 AM
TeXasWaterMan watch some youtube videos , then find a park or large yard and get work in, pick some targets and find the distance and dial in control and in ten years you ll put back lashes in the past for ever.
08-11-2019 01:41 PM
c hook
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Originally Posted by RedFlounderBass View Post
Pull out about 50-60 yards of line and then put a strip of tape around the spool and reel back in your line, until you get better at casting.This will help with birdnests and will save you a headache.
learne something new everyday, i like that idea.
08-11-2019 01:24 PM
RedFlounderBass Pull out about 50-60 yards of line and then put a strip of tape around the spool and reel back in your line, until you get better at casting.This will help with birdnests and will save you a headache.
08-11-2019 12:55 PM
dk2429 Both of those are great reels! H20 reels are tough as nails. Yeah like Tobin said, my dad taught me with 12lb mono and a lead weight on the end. Not too heavy not too light. About 3/8oz.

Good luck, it takes lots of practice. But when you get it down, you'll have it down.
08-08-2019 09:06 PM
Jhonny
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Originally Posted by troutsupport View Post
I would spool either of them with 12 lb mono and then get a 3/8th oz weight or casting lead. You don't want to start to light or too heavy with a casting reel. The mettle has more bearings and should be longer casting but the lesser bearing Casitas might be more forgiving right now.

it's really all in the settings.

with the casting weight tide on.. (or gold spoon or spook junior)... tighten the knob on the right snugly. This is the Spool Tension Knob.

Then depress the the spool release, if you've done the first part correctly at this point the line should not come off the reel. Without a thumb on the spool slowly untighten the spool tension knob until the weight or casting object or lure just starts to fall. For you I would retighten it about 1/8th turn tighter than you just loosened it. In this position it probably won't let line go off the spool in free spool but this will help you on your first several cast not get a backlash.

Both of those reels should be centrifugal casting brakes as a base. I would open the left side plate and set the real for 2 brakes to be engaged to brake when casted. You'll figure it out quick as the others will be clicked into a position where they will not run out to the end and engage with the braking surface.

With two brakes set and the spool tension knob slightly tighter than free spool, you can now make your first cast. The the cast is shorter than you like and you didn't feel any reel loops come up from the spool, then loosen the spool tension knob about 1/16th turn looser.. some of these have click settings... if so one click looser.

Cast again. This time begin to lightly touch the spool with your casting reel thumb during the cast... this is called feathering the spool.

You'll eventually lighten the spool tension knob and the go to one brake while feathering the spool and that's where you'll get your best casting performance. Don't let backlashes get to you, you'll always get a few 'professional over runs' even as an expert.

From here it's just practice. I'd stick with mono for a couple months and stick with the mid weight lures between 1/4 oz and 5/8th oz. I'd stay away from 1/16th heads with plastic and there's no real reason to throw a super spook right now and into the fall
And here everything troutsupport said in a video

https://youtu.be/MmNA3IXrxZc
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