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I just bought a Shakepeare baitcasting reel & rod. I set it up and the first cast knotted the line up, I fixed it and now it only casts like 5 feet. How do I fix it?

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Take all old line off then spool on new line

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readjust your drag and use your thumb more when casting . free spool reels still need casters help

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On the side of the reel there is a knob that you adjust for the spooling.As a rule of thumb you adjust it so when you have a lure on,click the release button and let it spool out,it will only drop about 4 feet.Now! tighten it a fraction.Start casting and it will not go very far.Just before the lure hits the water,you put your thumb on the spool.Hard at first and then less as you get used to it.You can then adjust the spooling knob to go a bit further every time.You use your thumb on the spool to adjust the last 10 feet of line.Use a lure with no hooks on it to practise.It's called a plug.Hope this helps and you reel in the big one's

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Try flipping it forward.. if that doesn't work... there must be a small spring inside broken. Just take it completely apart on a table. once apart look at the bail assembly, u should be able to find the broken piece. Take both broken pieces down to your local hardware store and ask someone for assistance. Someone should be able to help you find a piece very similar.

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