Thanks Augy. You know what i realized the biggest mistake i was making? I was not casting with the reel's handles facing upwards. I kept throwing it into the ground last week because of this and of course backlashing like crazy with the lure stopped dead and reel still spinning. I also noticed it was easier casting without any backlash if I didn't stop at the 2 o'clock position on the backwards movement. It definately helped using the rod's potential energy with the cast.