Hey Quailoh, I think if the reel is smaller it might not be a 704. The 704s are 26-28oz I believe. Maybe you have a 710 or 713. Doesnt it say what it is on the nickel plate? Anyway, I have the same issue with my 710, yesterday fishing the surf in Long Branch I had to cast out far and retrieve with tension on the line to get it back on the spool straight. Would love to hear what people have to say.