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I've just bought this new rod (Octane Baitcast Combo Reel and Rod) for my wife in sale at Canadian tire. I thought it was a good a deal $70.00 OFF! However, I never used this kind of reel before but it doesn't seems to be working.

My guts feeling was this close reel should be working like any other close reel with a push button no?

When I push on the button the line wont get out.. maybe 1 feet that's it.. the reel is F**** or it's me lol ?

I'm using some normal fishing line "Stren" 8lb.

Please help out

See the rod here http://www.canadiant...o.jsp?locale=en
 

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Modern baitcasting reels have a "braking" system that is usually magnetic, sometimes mechanical. It helps to keep the spool from spinning too quickly which results in a backlash (tangle) when you cast. It should not completely lock up the spool, but maybe if it is adjusted incorrectly...

Check the side of the reel opposite the handle for a dial. See if the dial is turned all the way in one direction (maximum braking) - if so, turn it the other way and see if the spool lets line out freely after you have pushed the casting knob on the back of the reel.
 

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Modern baitcasting reels have a "braking" system that is usually magnetic, sometimes mechanical. It helps to keep the spool from spinning too quickly which results in a backlash (tangle) when you cast. It should not completely lock up the spool, but maybe if it is adjusted incorrectly...

Check the side of the reel opposite the handle for a dial. See if the dial is turned all the way in one direction (maximum braking) - if so, turn it the other way and see if the spool lets line out freely after you have pushed the casting knob on the back of the reel.
okay, thanks!

Concerning the braking system...I have something on the side that I can set from 1-10. The other side, have something else to set the spool i believe and then my drag.
I always used an open reel but the wife wants something similar to a close reel where you need to push on the button. I thought this was one will do the trick, but it seems different... I'll continue to play with it I guess
 

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Reading your description, I am not sure that you have bought what you intended to buy. You have bought a level-wind baitcasting reel. They are somewhat complicated to learn to cast with. When you say a "closed" reel I am wondering if you mean a closed-face spinning reel, sometimes called a spincasting reel. With the closed face reel you just push and hold the button at the back of the reel, cast, and release the button on the forward stroke of the cast. These are very popular with beginners because they are simple to use. The front of these reels is always covered with a little dome that has a hole in the middle. The line comes out of the hole in the front of the reel. That is not what you have bought (assuming you posted the correct link in your original post).

If your wife is a novice and this is her first fishing rod, I would guess that she will find the process of learning with a baitcasting reel very frustrating. If she's an accomplished caster and you bought exactly what you intended to, disregard my post I don't mean any offense. Fishing is just too much fun to be annoyed by gear that does not work the way you expect it to.

If you were looking for a closed face spinning reel - you might want to return the one you bought and swap it for something like this: http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/5/SportsRec/Fishing/RodReelCombos/PRDOVR~0785587P/Rhino%252BSpincast%252BCombo.jsp?locale=en
 

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Reading your description, I am not sure that you have bought what you intended to buy. You have bought a level-wind baitcasting reel. They are somewhat complicated to learn to cast with. When you say a "closed" reel I am wondering if you mean a closed-face spinning reel, sometimes called a spincasting reel. With the closed face reel you just push and hold the button at the back of the reel, cast, and release the button on the forward stroke of the cast. These are very popular with beginners because they are simple to use. The front of these reels is always covered with a little dome that has a hole in the middle. The line comes out of the hole in the front of the reel. That is not what you have bought (assuming you posted the correct link in your original post).

If your wife is a novice and this is her first fishing rod, I would guess that she will find the process of learning with a baitcasting reel very frustrating. If she's an accomplished caster and you bought exactly what you intended to, disregard my post I don't mean any offense. Fishing is just too much fun to be annoyed by gear that does not work the way you expect it to.

If you were looking for a closed face spinning reel - you might want to return the one you bought and swap it for something like this: http://www.canadiant...o.jsp?locale=en
Yeah, this baitcasting reel/rod combo isn't good for her. I was trying it here in the driveway for fun it wasn't so bad but for her she will need closed-face reel. Thanks for the inputs
 

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if you want a good spincast get a Daiwa goldcast reel--quite a few bucks but very tough--at the very least get one with a metal body--the baitcaster is very tricky--i was just out practicing with my new one
 

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Once you learn how to use a baitcaster it's awesome. I bought my first one about 10 or 12 years ago. It took a good 3 seasons of use to get to the point where I could go fishing and not worry about getting a birds nest. I still use spinning rods from time to time, but my baitcaster is what I use for any cast fishing with baits over 1/8 ounce. I find them easier on the wrist after a full day of casting and hauling in fish.
 
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