Re: Question about conventional reels
No line guide on salwater reels because they fail from getting plugged/destroyed by salt so they say.
Also, no lineguides make for smoother and greater casting distance.
Anglers use a thumb or finger to move the line across the spool as they retrieve.
First, the "ball bearing" cap should have a spring inside. Second, with weight attached and ball bearing cap finger tightened enough to hold the weight in free spool. next, release the clutch to release the spool. Third slooooowly loosen the bearing cap until your weight slooowly falls to the ground. Fourth, when the weight hits the ground, the line spool should stop turning. Fourth & a half, if the spool does not stop turning your bearing cap is tooooo loose. Fifth, if the spool stops you have the bearing cap set at your "tweaking point". Sixth, your thumb is the break errr brake.
Bonus tip.... lay your weight on the ground, release the spool and walk away letting out 100 yds of line (+/-) then place a strip of masking tap on the spool and rewind your line. Birdnest proofing at it's finest.
Bonus bonus tip, changing lure weight will require retweaking.
Also, casting with the wind at your back is to your advantage. Turning and casting into the wind is why you put the tape on the spool.😖 Retweaking the bearing cap is best when changing casting direction.
For the beginner, remember to "thumb" the line spool BEFORE the lure splashes down. You must stop the lure in flight, other wise, the weight stops pulling the line but the "now spinning" spool keeps feeding the line off. Thank goodness for the masking tape.😉
Penn Senator is a nice reel. Girlfriend who buys Penn reels make for a lucky boyfriend.
Good times and tight lines.🎣
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