Spinning reels are some of the most popular fishing reels on the market. This is because they work extremely well and are very easy to use. In fact, if you are having difficulty casting a baitcaster without backlash I would recommend you to switch over to using a spinning reel. Many have found them to be much easier to use.
In this post, we will show you how to cast a spinning reel.
Before we begin let’s talk about some basic first steps.
Choose the right fishing line
Yes, the fishing line you choose to spool on your reel can have a direct bearing on the quality of your cast.
For example, some fishing lines work better in helping to avoid line twist. So if you are a beginner to spinning reels it would be wise to choose such a fishing line.
Others, on the otherhand are designed to allow you to make much longer cast. With that being said before you throw your first cast, make sure you select a fishing line that works best for your needs. In a previous post we discussed what we consider to be some of the best fishing lines for spinning reels read more about it here.
How to hold a spinning rod correctly
What I like to do when casting a spinning rod is I like to put the seat of the spinning reel between my middle and ring finger in my right hand. With my left hand I like to hold the back-end of the rod. You may see other fishermen casting with only one hand, however, I like to use both hands when doing so. Using both hands gives me more good control thus allowing for more accurate and much longer casts.
How do I stand?
Another important tip when casting a spinning rod is always face your target. This will make it much more easier to make an accurate cast and also avoid putting strain on your back while casting.
How to cast a spinning reel
Now, that you are holding the fishing pole correctly and you are standing facing your target, you are now ready for your first cast. You can do so by following these 6 steps.
- Move the bale of the reel so that the line is the closest to the handle of the fishing rod. This is an important first step. If you fail to follow this first step you are going to be in for a surprise.
Note: You should not have to reach down to grab the line and pull it up to your finger. The fishing line should be within reach of your finger. If it is not, there is a good chance you are doing it wrong.
- Using your right index finger lay it over the line. It is not necessary to put a lot of tension on the line with your finger just enough to keep the lure from falling when the reel is put into free spool mode.
- To put the reel in free spool mode, open the bail with your other hand.
- While still holding onto the fishing line with your right index finger smoothly draw back your fishing rod and make a motion forward with the rod.
- As you are making the motion forward when your fishing pole is in line with your target, release your index finger.
- Close the bail with your opposite hand and begin your retrieval. Note: To avoid line twist always use your hand to close the bail, do not use the handle to close the bail.
Watch how to cast a spinning reel in the following video:
Practice makes perfect
Now, it is time for you to practice. An excellent opportunity to practice is in your own backyard. Simply tie on a weight or perhaps a lure with no hooks and practice, practice, practice.
One thing to keep in mind while practicing is make sure to experiment with different types of casts. While fishing you may need to do a sidearm cast, an over the shoulder cast, a short cast, etc. The best opportunity to master these casts is while you are practicing. So don’t be afraid to do a little experimenting to see what works best for you.
Now it is your turn. Share with us your tips on how to cast a spinning reel in the comments below.