Here’s my rod and reel that I’ve been catching bass on. The reel is an American Hero Speed Spool MCS Reel, a fast reeling 7.1:1 baitcaster reel. The settings in the pictures are accurate, to set the spool tension here’s what I do: First, turn the knob as tight as it will go. Next, reel your bait in to the tip and press the cast button. Then, loosen the spool tension knob until the bait starts to slowly drop. Finally, make a cast and see how it goes. Gradually loosen the tension until you feel it is the right spot, meaning right before you start getting backlash!
The rod is a tournament choice classic casting rod that I got from Academy for $15 bucks!