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I hate my calcutta


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I have a calcutta and I hate it!! I always have a birds nest! mad.gif so Im going back to cabelas to exchange it. but I dont know what to get. what do you all ;ike for a casting reel? I a bass fishermen by the way?

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Jeff Krop

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did you try tightening the spool tension nut on the side?. sounds like it isn't adjusted properly.

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I just got a Abu Garcia C3 Ambassador reel at Cabelas and its worked great for bass.

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Somethings not right here. Line weight, technique, etc.

In terms of problems with reels, with the Calcutta, "It's the archer, not the arrow"..........

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I will agree .. calcuttas are about as user friendly as you can get.. there is some operator error here, or line on it that shouldnt be.

My 1st calcutta I hated and I grew up with baitcasters.. I still use them..

MY ERROR was using VANISH florocarbin line.. for whatever reason, I couldnt cast hardly at all with it... instant birds nest as soon as I tried to cast any distance.. I changed the line to standard mono and it worked great.. have had good luck with fireline too.. I think it was just the florocarbin line.

If the price tag wasnt so high, I think the dependable garcia reels would fall out of the arscenal, or turn into spares.. but, I am not rich.

Calcutta's are awesome reels.. something is wrong.. line, settings, operator... we all make mistakes, sometimes we dont even know it.. the key is to correct the mistake and all will be well.

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Go out and get the cheapest walmart mono you can find, preferably around 10lb test. Then go to a lake where you can cast a half to 3/4 oz spoon or rap, something with a little weight to it, and just keep practicing and practicing. You'll end up ruining the line probably from backlashes, so use the cheap stuff until you get good. Start with short casts and progress to longer ones. Most people that are getting used to a new baitcaster are trying to throw the lure way to far. It doesn't take that much rod speed to whip a lure out 30 yards or so. Also, make sure that you don't spool the line so full that you can't get your thumb down to the metal on the actual spool. I usually only spool my baitcasters 1/2 to 2/3 full, that way I can get my thumb on the actual metal spool when casting rather than trying to keep my thumb on the line. This will allow better control of the spooling line and eventually reduce backlashes. Also make sure the freespool setting is set correctly. Then practice, practice, practice-a baitcaster is a must for any good bass fisherman. I must admit, I took me probably the majority of an entire season on the water before I was fairly proficient with a baitcaster, and I still have a few professional over-runs (also known as backlashes) wink.gif

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Also, remember with a lot of the Shimano reels and especially these. Remove the side plate (not the one with the handle" It will have the little plastic tension things all around the spool. If you click them out they then add more friction making it easier to not get a backlash....start with like 4 out and 2 in and go from there.

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so the line mite be bad I have 17 lb florocarbin line line on there and I get bad back lash but with my other one with fire line on it its ok?

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Take that flurocarbon line off and put fireline or spiderwire on and it should be fine.

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I really helps, with these sophisticated modern reels, if you read and understand the manual. Then play with the controls and settings. The Calcutta's are maybe the finest casting reel in years. I can make a looong cast, have the lure splash down and I have NOT touched the spool with my thumb.

Don't annyoy the Cabela's guys....just spend a little more time with it.

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