So with the extra time on my hands I decided to practice my casting. (It was that or due some housework)
Like many of you I have been plagued by the curse of the "baitcaster reel". Recently I came across a video that helped me by explaining how to properly set up the reel. So before you throw away your baitcaster reel, check this out you'll be glad you did:
Here's another helpful video. It's a neat trick for clearing backlashes:
I hope these instructional videos will help you as much as they've helped me.