I had thought that I was getting pretty decent at casting a baitcaster without having bird nests, but I wasn't casting quite as far as I could, at least compared to a similar spinning set up. I've been running programs that take a while at work, so I thought I'd go out and get some practice in between runs and maybe catch something, too.
Since I've been trying to add a little distance, I've been bird nesting all over the place while the lure is in the air and launching all kinds of lures into the Patuxent. I read about turning my wrist while casting and not putting too much muscle into the cast, and both of those things seem to help a lot. I've also been checking the drop rate and adjusting the spool tension knob whenever I change lures and after several casts, but I'm still getting bird nests, and I can't figure out why.
One question I have is how do you set your brakes when you're adjusting the spool tension? All the way on, all the way off, somewhere in between?
The frustrating thing is that I'll have a great cast, then I'll cast again in the same direction relative to the wind with the same wind speed, and get a bird nest and lose the lure. I think I'm keeping my thumb pressure constant, but I can't be sure. I've had a few bird nests at the beginning of the cast, but I think that's from over-muscling it. Most of the bird nests seem to happen near the middle of the cast. Any thoughts?
I'm using an Abu Garcia Revo SX-HS with 20lb Powerpro.
Thanks in advance.