How to Spool a Baitcaster Professionally – Keep on Practicing

Many anglers that until now doesn’t have the idea on how to spool a baitcaster? They just fish and spool the way they know, but failed to catch bigger or numbers of basses. Just like me when I was a child, many times I failed because of some reasons, my line twisted and sometimes when I almost caught bigger bass, and suddenly the line gave up.

That was very disgusting. Until I met an experienced fisherman in our place, who taught me many techniques about fishing and most especially about spooling. A baitcaster is a small tool built with a motor that uses electricity and a rotating shaft which fills a spool by rotating the fishing line.

However, this device is best for those experienced anglers as this requires enough control and mastery. With this tool, the spool revolves as soon as you released the line, which means the activeness needs to have enough strength to roll the reel.

Things that You Will Need

No doubt you will need the right gears and equipment to catch the big fish.

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  • Quality knot

Things To Remember

This reminder is for all anglers who goes fishing regularly. Whether it would be a professional but most especially those are yet beginning to fish. Those who have less experience in spooling. Before you start re-spooling your reel, think of these things first.

1. Choosing a Line

This is the most important here, having the best choice in selecting a line will be your last consideration which will make your spool perform better while fishing. Having the best quality will make your casting find fewer problems.

It also depends on what kind of reel you will be using your recovery pace is always expected if the reel you’re using reel is not perfectly spooled. The perfectly loaded reel is desirable. If you're doing it yourself, these tips will surely help you to be successful in loading your reel.

2. Twisted Line

In spooling your reel must be horizontal to avoid twisting. When it is done that way, the line just goes the perfect way you wanted. But, while you are at home and you try to spool on your own you no choice but to do it in a round motion.

This way you can expect a more twisted line. However, you can also avoid this situation by using a pen or anything that could get through its holes in the spool. Much better if you have someone who could lend you a hand in doing the process.

3. Line Tension

A line tension is essential while catching a bass. Because pressure acts as a break while fishing as well. Having a tension is also an assurance that your line was adequately set on the reel while a large bass pulls on it would be enough for you to drag your line and it won’t get pulled.

The best style in changing a tension is by holding your rod while losing the tension then wait until your lure drops slowly. If you want a break, you can find two kinds of a braking machine which is built on your reel.

But if you choose an expensive reel then you go for the centrifugal brake. This kind of brake is easy. All you have to do is to adjust it according to what you want. Approach the side sheet with a lever or rotate to get within and adjust it. While for a magnetic brake, it is imperative to have easy access.

4. Manual Spooling

Spooling can also be done manually, but you also need somebody to do it. Here are the steps you need to follow:

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    1. At an estimated speed, your friend will just tie the line from the reel you’re holding onto the other empty reel. His thumb must keep in touch with with the spool after it has been released until the equipment joins and brace the water.
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    2. Remember to keep the line from twisting while hanging then take off the tension on and then you can start to spooling your reel with the line. Don’t forget to always keep contact your thumb on the line while doing this. Then stop if you think there’s only a few inch of line left, for you are now fully spooled. 

The Step by Step Guide on How to Spool a Baitcaster

Having the right spooling is necessary, especially if you want a bigger catch. Putting on fresh line as often as needed is for your reel to perform its best always and spools can also get damaged easily through UV rays. So here are the steps for loading your reel.

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    1. Using a quality knot is very important, as bigger catch might pull and drag your line a lot. So let’s begin with putting the line directly to the line paths on your rod to the reel. Remember not to lose any guides to avoid more stress on your line.
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    2. Now that the knot is already tied on the line then you can start reeling line to its spool. You can follow the steps on spinning the baitcaster manually. However, you can also connect the spool to the reel through the arbor knot.
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    3. Don’t over spool your reel. Over Spooling will make hard for you when casting your line so be careful not to overfill. Take an eye of at least 1/4 inch extra space on top of the spool. And then you’re good to go on your favorite hobby, fishing! You can watch this video on how to spool a baitcasting reel. 


Take note, that putting tension on the spool while filling a fresh one is a must. Because of this, rest assured that the inline will perform a better outcome and most especially for backlash prevention.

It is also important to stop a while while spooling to check if there are any twisted line or if it is too tight then check on those and fix it. When spooling, patience is needed so take some time off when the process gets too tight or complicated. 


Hoping that while reading this you are also practicing what is needed in spooling a baitcaster. But if you still did not get it, don’t be too hard on yourself and just keep on practicing. Take it slow and wherever you are you can take a practice even if you are at home.

Baitcasting requires long patience until you get it correctly. I’m sure you are already excited to get a bigger base, so just follow the steps that I shared above, and soon you will be successful.

I hope you find this article helpful in your quest to fish a fluke. Please share your ideas, thoughts, and comments on the comment section below.

John Morris

Hi, I’m John Morris. I’m an avid outdoorsman and fisherman, blessed with an awesome wife and 2 kids. Fishing is not my passion, it is my lifestyle. I fished before I knew how to walk! I’m obsessed with all things related to fishing, even the fishy smell. I’m always willing to extend a hand to novice anglers looking for fishing tips and tricks thus I created this blog. This blog is a collection of my experiences, knowledge, and also research from other blogs.

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