Since moving to New England last year, I have had a surprising number of questions about baitcasting gear. Actually, I shouldn't find it that surprising. I very, very rarely used a baitcaster until about 2008. Now, I use them the vast majority of the time. Not only has it expanded my horizons in terms of techniques, but allowed me to use a much wider variety of baits and is much easier on my gear (and therefore my wallet). The key to becoming good at anything is practice, and using a baitcaster is no different. You will backlash. You will ruin some line. You will want to quit at least once. But if you are a serious angler, it is a great skill to learn! I put together the following video about beginner baitcasting tips, which includes choosing a reel, adjusting your brakes, casting tips, and more. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a shout (firstname.lastname@example.org) or comment below. Tight lines!