Your first line of defense against a backlash with your baitcasting reel is the brake. Knowing how to properly adjust your baitcasting reel's brake will ensure you have enough spool tension to cast with few backlashes, but allows you the distance needed to cast adequately far. In this video, you'll uncover the most effective technique known for properly setting your baitcaster brake for all-around versatility.
If you also want to know a killer tip for getting out a backlash, check out Kevin's Baitcaster Backlash Thumb Trick video.
For those of you who are new or getting used to a baitcaster, here's a tip on how to know if your brake is set correctly. Reel your lure up to your rod tip and hold your rod tip about 30 degrees up in the air. Now click the thumb bar and let your lure free spool to the ground.
Let's do it again. You'll notice that when you free spool, the lure falls nice and slow and it is an even fall. This is exactly what you are trying to achieve. That's the gauge you are going to use when you are trying to set your brake.
If you can get your lure (and it can be of any size), to fall slowly, just like how you saw, then you're going to know your spool isn't going to spin too fast on your cast, but you are going to allow your brake to give you the casting distance you need.
So if you're just starting out, use that as your gauge and you'll have a much better experience with a baitcasting reel.