Can you cast a light lures with a Baitcaster? Tips for beginner

Many anglers ask: “Can you use cast light lures with Baitcaster?” Definitely! Casting light lures with Baitcaster is one of the essential requirements in fishing in general and small fish in particular. Think of this as a challenge for you to overcome.

You have to get the spool on your Baitcaster spinning to gain momentum to get some distance on your cast. Using the wrong rod, line, and spool setting for light bait will decrease accuracy and distance. Therefore, anglers need to have advanced skills like a professional. However, with the correct technique and the right equipment, you’ll be making light bait with a Baitcaster in no time. I will show you some tips to help you make small light lures with a Baitcaster.

Prepare your pieces of equipment

Some gears you need to prepare: rod and reel, fishing line, fishing tackle.

Fishing line

For the beginner, a braided line is better, and you should avoid fluorocarbon because it has a lot of memory, and I see it not being cast well. You can use it when you feel more confident, but I recommend using a 20 lb is the best.

Fishing in an area with many covers (weeds, branches, etc.) is hazardous, and you can catch the snagged, so a braided line is convenient. You can use the monofilament if you’re in a relatively open space. If you’re going to use monofilament, make sure it’s one of the softer types. It will be much easier to solve.

Rod and reel

Firstly, you should look for a baitcasting reel with a lightweight spool. If you go to the store, you can compare different reels, and you will notice that many of them are heavier than others. If your spool is lighter, it will be easier to attract light to spin the spool. As a beginner, you’ll want to make sure you have the brakes on getting way fewer spool tangles, although it won’t cast as far. 

Secondly, you’ll want to get a medium power rod with a quick-action tip. If you are going to cast a lighter tackle, you will need a rod tip with a good bend. That’s what will help you create distance. Trying to throw the rod too hard is one of the worst things; the rod, reel, and the lure will do most of this work.

Fishing tackle

The first thing we are going to say is the hook. If you can use a heavier hook, you will have an easier time casting your rod. You can either get a weighted hook or use a larger one. If you use a spinner or some other lure, you can’t change the weight, but you can do a few other things.

Let’s talk about increasing weight. If you can put on more weight, you will have a much easier time casting. Using soft plastic, you can use round weights or nails and place them right on top of the plastic. And when you are using fly or spinning gear, you can use bullet weight and swivel. I like to put a bullet weight on my mainline and then connect my lead using a swivel. Both will add a bit of weight, and it seems to work pretty well.

What lures can you use with a Baitcaster?

A baitcasting reel is an essential item for most bass anglers. Not at all, but they can be used in most applications. Using the wrong reel for a particular tactic can wreak havoc on your fishing day and your chances of fishing success.

Use lures with reels with a total weight of the PLUS lure greater than ⅛ ounce. The most typical lures that you use with reels are surface lures, spin baits, reels, jump spinnerbaits, buzz baits, swimwear, punch lures, swim tops, flip baits, and soft plastic.

Some techniques, strategies, and tactics work best on the baitcasting reels. Power fishing and even some skill fishing work best on a Baitcaster and reel setup. 

How to cast a Baitcasting reel with light lures?

The first essential thing you need to do is place the knob because if it is not set up correctly, you will run into trouble. The first thing you need to do is turn off the brake and tighten the knob. You’ll then want to press the cast button and slowly release the tension until your attraction begins to decrease. The proper pressure would be when your bait hits the ground, and your spool stops spinning. Now you have to do is put the brakes back on.

A long sweeping sidearm cast is the cast you want to use. You need to do the work below, don’t cast overhead and don’t try to cast power; let the rod, reel, and lure do their work:

  • Double the slack you’d usually cast (24-26 inches).
  • Place your thumb on the spool and press the casting button.
  • Use one hand and bring the rod back to parallel with the ground.
  • Once the slack is gone, you’ll want to work it out with most of your wrist
  • Press on the spool with your thumb when your lure hits the water

You’ll want to avoid spreading it up in the air because that’s when a lot of trouble happens. It will slow down when you toss it in the air, but your reel will continue to work. When your spool keeps spinning, and there isn’t enough force to get the string out, that’s when you’ll get the bird’s nest. Keep it lower than the ground to maintain speed until it hits the water.

If you still see a lot of spools, you can press your thumb on the spool when it hits the water, or you can tighten the spool tension. Once you’re confident, you can loosen the tension knob and turn off some of the brakes (you’ll be able to last longer).

How to cast a Baitcasting reel with light lures proficiently.

With gravity as your weight, release the lure and make sure about 30 inches of the line is outside the head.

Use your wrists to do the Baitcaster instead of your arms and shoulders.

Do not make quick strokes with your rod. Remind yourself that you’re not a heavy hitter and are not casting a heavy lure.

Turn off the magnetic brake and shift your traction down. Do this until the lure steadily draws the stream out of the spool. Adjust the brake back halfway.

Do not throw bait with full force.

Hold your arms tight, and release the bait by moving slowly, long, and smoothly.

Tips for Casting Light Lures with a Baitcaster

Below are some extra tips to help you cast lightweight or weightless plastic lures with your trusted Baitcaster:

  • Turn off the magnetic brake, shift your traction until the primer slowly pulls the line out of the spool, and adjust the brake back halfway.
  • Drop the lure about 30 inches of a straight line away from the head, allowing gravity to be your weight.
  • Don’t perform your quick rod action the same way you would a heavier lure.
  • Take a long, slow, silky curl and decoy a strand of hair before you usually do. You want a fishing rod that powers your bait.
  • Resist the urge to try and hurl the lure, using your wrist to cast the cast, not your shoulder or arm.
  • Keep your arms tucked and embrace the soft, smooth lob cast.
  • Best tip for last resort: Fish as much as possible. Practice will lead to perfection.


All in all, you need to practice your technique correctly and prepare the right equipment. There would most likely be a backlash and light lure flying with the wind without these. I hope you will soon master this technique with the tips that I have shared. You will find this an exciting experience to try.

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