Free spooling?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by Ol Man, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. Ol Man

    Ol Man New Member

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    I have seen this term used in connection with catfishing and don't understand what it means. Can someone/anyone clarify it for me..?:confused2:
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  2. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    this I can help you with. Its when you leave you bale open are your line disengaged.
     

  3. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    Its leaving the bail open on spinning reels or not engaging the drag on baitcasters and spincasters. I put a rubber band on the rod above the reelseat and place a loop of line under it. this puts asmall amount of tension on the line so line doesn't fall off of the spool. a fish can easily take line when it bites and no backlashes.
     
  4. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    I turn my drag way down to use it as a clicker on my spinning reel and basically free spooling in the process.
     
  5. barbel

    barbel New Member

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    I cast out, make sure the line is tight, disengage the bail on my baitcasters, and then engage the clicker. I love the screaming-esque noise of the clicker going off. Great rush to wake you up LOL
     
  6. ohiohawghunter45067

    ohiohawghunter45067 New Member

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    gotta love the sound of that clicker just a squealing away. awww the joys of catfishing.
     
  7. fat_fish55

    fat_fish55 New Member

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    yep i just started doing it and like it so far
     
  8. Shawn

    Shawn New Member

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    I don't like to use the clicker on my reels, I leave them locked in. But, if a flathead cat picks up a live bait I will "spool up" my rod tip...

    I unlock the free spool (clicker is NOT on, and I loosen the spool tension a bit tool), and I gently raise the rod tip up a little past 45 degrees... then I lock-in, and let the fish draw the rod tip down... when it's level that's when I SET the hook...

    for a real gentle pick-up, I will let a fish take some line out, but I'll still try to lock-in and follow him down like I explained above.

    I've heard this technique called "spooling" the cats also, but it's not true free spooling. Guys who bank fish and aren't close to their reels will use a clicker and free spool to avoid losing their pole.

    Shawn
     
  9. catsmith1

    catsmith1 New Member

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    I recently started using the clicker and like it. I use a cirle hook most of the time and I just have to close the bail and it sets itself. It works well with kahle also.