The first steps
Mastering the work with the casting kit is better not while fishing. It is more correct to allocate at least one training day for this. We take a set of cheburashka of different weights and several wooden toothpicks with us – their presence in a box with baits will be relevant for you for the first five to six fishing trips. The fact is that fishing with inertia develops a habit of waiting for the bait to fall into the water and only then close the handle of the logger. Therefore, until automatism appears in handling the cartoon, you won’t be able to escape the cord breaks: a beard will most likely happen on the first cast. Toothpicks come in handy here: it’s very convenient to untangle the cord loops on the spool, and there are no knots there, and the hardest beard will unravel in a couple of minutes. Treat this as a ritual of initiation into multomaniac.
However, these problems can be avoided. At least my friends, having picked up the casting kit for the first time, after a short briefing began to throw the bait at a decent distance – and there were no dashes of the cord on the spool. First you need to adjust the axial brake. We twist it until the disinhibited spool stops giving dashes during rotation due to the free fall of cargo from a height of one and a half meters. Then we set the minimum values of the dynamic brake system. If it is centrifugal – we include two out of six small weights, if the brake is magnetic – we set the force to 25% of the maximum.
The spool at the end of casting must be braked briefly and sharply with the thumb. It is to slow down, and not to slow down, otherwise you can not escape the running of the cord and beard. I don’t know why, but during casting, the multiplier should be in a position in which the spool axis is vertical: this significantly reduces the number of dashes.
There are several options for casting casting equipment. But at the heart of all there is one principle: the acceleration of the bait is carried out with uniformly increasing acceleration. Similar techniques are used by carp farmers to cast their heavy rigs. When using elements of a ring casting, the bait in the initial phase accelerates around the circumference above the head, which significantly increases the speed of the bait and, accordingly, the casting distance. Most of our spinning players catch spinning fast and ultra-fast action, performing a short and sharp throw from behind the shoulder or head. Starting to master the casting kit, drop it the way you are used to – you will master the specific cast later, when there will be an automatism in handling the animator. And in order to obtain uniformly increasing acceleration with the usual technique, casting must be performed as in those cases when the weight of the bait exceeds the upper limit of the spinning test.
During casting, the animator emits a subtle buzz. As soon as the tone of this sound begins to decline, we abruptly stop the rotation of the spool with the thumb. After a series of casts, having felt the tackle, you can begin to change the settings of the dynamic multiplier brake, and with them the casting technique. A correctly tuned multiplier does not require braking of the spool with a finger, while in casting range it not only does not concede, but sometimes surpasses the inertia. When fishing, the dynamic brake does not require constant adjustment. It is necessary only when another bait is placed, noticeably different in weight or aerodynamic drag.
The habit of slowing the spool with your finger is useful when fishing in deep dusk and at night, as it allows you to track the flight of the bait not visually, but by ear. Any new cartoon requires rolling: after a dozen fishing trips, the casting range increases markedly. The exceptions are models of the highest price category from well-known manufacturers that have precision-made moving parts – these reels do not need rolling. On each fishing trip, the first two or three casts go to heat up the spool bearings, after which the grease acquires the optimum temperature and viscosity, and the casting range increases significantly. Periodic processing of the cord with silicone grease provides an additional range increment of up to 15%.
Catching the multiplier "through the fingers" allows you to perform only the classic version of jig wiring. Those who practice wiring the so-called American style, animating the bait with a spinning rod, rather than a reel, have to track the steps on the blank: most trigger reel holders have a window for direct contact between fingers and the blank. If you are using a medium or lightweight kit, it’s very convenient to hold the spinning rod directly behind the soap dish body: the bites can be read quite well by hand through the body material. After several fishing trips, when the skill to work with the cartoon comes, try alternating casts with either a casting kit or an ordinary spinning rod with an inertialess reel, and you will appreciate the advantages in ergonomics and sensitivity that the casting tackle has.
Unlike inertialess, the multiplier requires regular lubrication, as some of its moving parts are constantly in contact with water. The fact is that when casting and rotating the spools quickly, drops of water fly off the wet cord and are reflected from the thumb, which is always above the spool. As a result, water falls into the gap between the housing and the spool. The power part of the coil is protected from moisture, but high-speed bearings on the axis of the spool need lubrication, especially open bearings, such as ARB at Shimano. The grease is suitable only for liquid and from a trusted manufacturer. It is applied one drop to each bearing after every 4-5 fishing trips. It should be remembered that most coils have three bearings on the axis of the bobbin: the last of them is under the screw cap of the axial brake and also requires lubrication. Much depends on the quality of the liquid lubricant. Too thick will reduce the speed of rotation, and too liquid will leak out, and this will lead to overheating of the bearing. Multiplier recognized brands are usually sold with a tube of liquid lubricant.
The main pair of gears must be lubricated with any thick grease intended for coils, while the complete disassembly of the mechanism is not required. Grease is applied once a season and only directly on the gear teeth: excess grease is harmful. Regularly lubricate the endless spreader drive screw. Through the window in its casing, any grease or water-repellent grease is applied as it is developed. I do this 4-5 times per season. Multipliers with a centrifugal system of a dynamic brake are sensitive to excess lubricant: it can fall on a circular cage of the housing along which the weights move. At the same time, the effectiveness of the brake system is significantly reduced. In case of any disassembly of the coil, it is necessary to monitor the cleanliness of the clip. Magnetic braking systems do not have this drawback.
You must store and transport cartoons in a soft or semi-rigid case that protects against dirt. The animators do not have a clip for fixing a fishing line similar to the one on the inertia spool, so a beard can form during transportation. To prevent this from happening, I relax the friction clutch after fishing and wind a cord of 30-40 cm with a figure eight on the base, with which the cartoon is attached to the reel seat.
author Igor GOLISHCHENKO