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Hey y'all I've just gotten a brand new baitcasting reel and a new rod to match, my first baitcasting outfit. It's a Daiwa Tatula reel on a 7'6" flipping rod. I'm absolutely loving it and I've caught a few fish on it already after setting it up and tweaking a few things. I fixed the tension knob so when I click the button the bait slowly drops and I found that I got a long cast with no backlash with my brakes at 6 of 20. Last night I was having an issue where once I had a fish loaded onto the rod, I was unable to reel very effectively. It felt as if line wasn't coming in at all, but it was coming in extremely slowly no matter how much I reeled in. I tried messing with the star drag but that made no difference.

As this is my first week of owning a baitcaster I don't know how to handle a problem like this so hopefully you more experienced guys know the issue and can help me out! Thanks
 

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A couple of quick things to check: 1) Make sure the line is not getting pinched anywhere; is it wrapped around a guide? 2) Tighten your star drag till it's snug (just finger tight) and pull line off the reel. There should be a lot of drag pressure. If not, there's your issue...faulty drag. The assumption here is you put everything back together properly if you took the reel apart!
 

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are you using braid? sounds like you haven't locked the braid down on the spool, so the line is spinning on the spool. if that's the case (prob missing something here), just put down some tape (electrical, duct, teflon, etc.) on the spool first. lots of discussion in the archives about this problem. apologies if this is not the issue, just need to make sure to eliminate/identify this issue initially. FYI -- joel
 
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Steve, I tried to make my drag tight and I tried loose as well seemingly with no difference there. I'll definitely make sure it's tight before heading out again to see if that helps. I never took anything apart so that's not the issue.

Joel I'm using mono so that won't be the issue either, though thanks for the suggestion
 

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Steve, I tried to make my drag tight and I tried loose as well seemingly with no difference there. I'll definitely make sure it's tight before heading out again to see if that helps. I never took anything apart so that's not the issue.

Joel I'm using mono so that won't be the issue either, though thanks for the suggestion
Put you drag on lockdown, meaning turn the star until it becomes difficult to turn any more. Grab the line and pull. If it still pulls easy closely watch the spool. If the drag is slipping the spool will be turning.

If you determine it is the drag slipping the most common problem is excessive lubrication on the drag stack. If you recently lubricated your reel this may be the issue.
 
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