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Conditioning the line

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Many of our popular Zebco® reels and combos come pre-spooled with Cajun Line® monofilament line as a convenience to our customers, allowing you to get on the water quicker. We use quality monofilament line in weights that are appropriate to both the size of the reel, and the type and size of fish that you will most likely be targeting with that reel.

Here are some quick tips on making sure that when you do make your first casts, the line flows from the reel as expected without tangling, and retrieves smoothly.

Relax the Line

Monofilament nylon line has a tendency to develop “memory”. That is to say, when line has been wrapped around a spool, it will tend to retain some loops. This is a normal attribute of monofilament but there are ways to reduce the amount of “memory” in the line so that it behaves better.

After tying on your lure or bait, let the line play out about 40-50 feet in the water, then slowly reel the line back in while applying tension by pinching the line with your fingers at it re-enters the reel. This process “wets” the line allowing it to become more flexible, while also putting tension in the line to help straighten the loops.

Remember, your first few casts are helping to “relax” the line, and the more casts you make, the easier the line will flow from the reel.

Set the Drag Correctly

Setting the drag correctly will keep you from losing that fish of a lifetime. The drag is the mechanism that provides resistance when reeling in a fish. Don’t over-set the drag; there should always be a little play in the drag to prevent breaking the line when a fish pulls hard.
Learn how to set the drag