Baitcaster reels are very popular among the pro bass fisherman because they allow you to easily adjust your cast mid-flight and also allow you to get more casts out in a short amount of time. However, casting these reels can be extremely difficult and if you don’t know what you’re doing then you will find that you will bird-nest and get backlashes more often than not. One trick that I’ve found to help avoid this is to know how to properly set the braking system on your baitcast reel. Most baitcast reels have an adjustable knob on the side of them that adjusts the tension of the breaks on the line. In order to properly calibrate this, you are going to want to first tighten the braking system all the way. Then, reel your lure up to the top of your pole. You are then going to want to watch your lure carefully and slowly release the pressure of the breaks. As soon as your lure begins to drop, stop loosening your brakes and then you should be good to go. This will greatly diminish the number of backlashes that you will have to deal with and will save you lots of time out on the water.