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#12373699 - 08/05/17 12:00 PM Picking a birds nest.
Timmychanga Online   content
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Registered: 01/26/16
Posts: 532
I tried what he does in the video and can't get it to work. Anybody do this?


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#12373778 - 08/05/17 01:56 PM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: Timmychanga]
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Registered: 08/25/09
Posts: 1626
Loc: Richland-Chambers
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.
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#12373783 - 08/05/17 02:05 PM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: Timmychanga]
Luke57 Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 1768
Loc: Aledo Tx
Spinning reel only for me
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#12373892 - 08/05/17 04:21 PM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: Timmychanga]
Cactusflyr Offline

Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 345
Loc: Denton, TX
Keep them coming....funny.

#12374110 - 08/05/17 08:20 PM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: Timmychanga]
SeaPro-Todd Offline
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Registered: 04/04/05
Posts: 7348
Loc: Richardson TX
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 woot

#12374330 - 08/05/17 11:19 PM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: Timmychanga]
CHAMPION FISH Online   happy
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Registered: 09/14/04
Posts: 7463
And it always seems to happen just as the fish start biting well.

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#12374465 - 08/06/17 08:01 AM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: Timmychanga]
lenahorse Offline
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Registered: 10/11/12
Posts: 4076
Loc: Cash, Texas
Birdnest, phone call or eat and fish bite
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#12375770 - 08/07/17 08:45 AM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: Timmychanga]
Muzzlebrake Offline
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Registered: 12/26/14
Posts: 1664
Loc: Euless
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.
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#12375996 - 08/07/17 11:04 AM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: Luke57]
PKfishin Offline
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Registered: 09/28/12
Posts: 2868
Loc: Texas
I'm with you Luke. No baitcaster for me.

I watched Randy Wood fix a birds nest in about a minute once, so it can be done. I don't know how and wont put up with stuff like that unless there's no alternative.
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#12376009 - 08/07/17 11:21 AM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: PKfishin]
TCK73 Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 03/26/15
Posts: 3787
Loc: Jack County
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.

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#12376413 - 08/07/17 04:51 PM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: Timmychanga]
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Registered: 06/22/05
Posts: 433
Loc: Belton Tx.
I bring several extras on my boat. Sometimes my guest can get a little too excited on a good slab bite, then bird nest happen.
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#12423109 - 09/11/17 07:28 PM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: Timmychanga]
Woodwzrd Online   content

Registered: 06/22/10
Posts: 265
Yep, there are Bird Nests.....and then there are EAGLE

#12427294 - 09/14/17 11:08 PM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: Timmychanga]
Bobby Milam Online   content
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3553
Loc: Arlington
If you are getting birds nests then are just inexperienced or using inferior reels. This video will explain that and how to get rid of them.

plus it helps if you condition your reel. Here he explains how to use reel butter for smoother casting.

#12427384 - 09/15/17 06:44 AM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: Timmychanga]
Dennis Christian Online   content
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Registered: 08/20/09
Posts: 2573
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.

Edited by Dennis Christian (09/15/17 06:56 AM)

#12427840 - 09/15/17 03:16 PM Re: Picking a birds nest. [Re: Timmychanga]
Bobby Milam Online   content
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3553
Loc: Arlington
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.


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