There are degrees of birdnesting. Some are easier than others to resolve. I have tried numerous methods to resolve them, but some clients are especially endowed at nesting. I have found for me, the easiest method is to just work the location of the knot gently to resolve.
Capt. Craig Copeland Licensed by the US Coast Guard
2013 Nautic Star 2110 Shallow Bay Boat Humminbird HELIX 12 CHIRP MEGA SI GPS G2N Nautic Star Boats Pro Staff (nauticstarboats.com) Redneck Fish'n Jigs Pro Staff (redneckfishn.com)
Lol. Hated the baitcast reels at first and couldnt understand why folks use them. But now I like em...took me a year. And pretty good at at any reels, left or right handed...since I got carpal tunnel on one hand, I just switch
Once I started using Lews speed spool reels I quit getting backlashes and now get 10-15 yards longer casts. Good video. I'll remember this next time I use one of my Garcia reels. I hope it works the same with braid line.
From Genesis: "And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the earth."
Then He made the earth round...and He laughed and laughed and laughed!
The ol' birdnest that shows up at the wrong time, tons of fun. I Prefer baitcasters and use them almost exclusively as does my kid. Get a good one and set it up right and you will have a trouble free reel until you snag the dip net while casting or try some new super cast you think you need to make. I couldn't imagine slabbing with a spinning setup, to each their own I guess.
Loc: Cedar Creek Lake
Causes of bird nests from my experience:
1. You were using a half spool of line then fill up the reel with new line and don't tighten the tension on the reel. 2. You put on a full spool of line and forget to adjust the rotating magnets - for those reels that have them. 3. You cast into the wind and don't ride the reel with your thumb. 4. You keep the reel loose like I do and just as you release it after a drag a fish strikes it. 5. You keep the reel loose and forget to tighten it before releasing it to put on a new bait or re-tie a bait. 6. You have tension on the line and accidentally release the spool. 7. You let a novice use your reel. 8. You pull up the bait too tight before casting and it partially gets hung in the last eye of the rod. 9. You got the reel soaked with water or sprayed it with line conditioner and tried to cast it like you did the last cast. 10. You tried to cast it too hard for the level of tension you have set.
Having said all that, I still much prefer a good casting reel over a spin-cast (never used a classic spinning reel) because it has much better feel for a light bite and because it reels in easier when you have a big fish on the line. Re classic spinning reels, folks who fish with me who use them can't fish the Mepps technique very effectively.
The rod and line play a part in it. They need to be correct for the presentation and lure being used. I have tried the OP's technique that he asked about and it works sometimes. If you use the right equipment and don't try to over cast your equipments ability, usually it's a pretty minor backlash that just requires a quick look and pluck to clear it. If you have more backlashes while learning, get a small pick and put with your tackle. Once you see the loop(s) causing the problem they are pretty easy to quickly pull them with the pick.