How to Cast Spinning Reel?

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We love getting straight to the point, so here is what we are talking about today: how to cast spinning reel, and not look like a newbie doing it.

Have you always had problems with casting a spinning reel? Do you find it difficult to use a rod, always resulting in you going home empty-handed? If you answered yes to both questions, then you have come to the right place.

As someone who’s always been interested in fishing, you might have wondered how a spinning reel works. I have written this article simply because I want to impart my knowledge on rods, boat pods, and spinning reels, and basically how fishing works.

Without further ado, let us start with the tutorial.

Buying a new rod but not knowing how to fully use it can be frustrating. You do not have to give up on your hobby though, you just have to be patient and work through it. First, look for a grassy place and practice there. If you want to learn, it is better to start practicing here than going to the field right away.

#Step 1

Video: Fishing Rod Anatomy (Parts)

Assemble your rod and tie a practice plug on. Do this with an improved clinch knot and set the drag.

#Step 2

Determine which hand you are going to use for casting, then grip the rod around the reel seat. Next up, place your middle and index fingers in front of the reel, and put your two other fingers behind it.

Spinning reels must be reeled with the hand opposite to the one that you have used to cast with. A lot of people use their right hand to cast, so most spinning reels are equipped with the handle on the left side.

#Step 3

When you feel like your bait is at 6 to 12 inches from the rod tip, then it is time to reel it in. Using a sinker or a bobber that is attached to the line is pretty similar, as you would have to reel your bait in if it reached 15 to 30 centimeters or 6 to 12 inches from the rod tip.

#Step 4

Video: Fly Fishing Casting Techniques : Fly Fishing Rod Grip: Index Finger on Top

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Bend your index finger and pick th4e fishing line up, making sure that it is pressed against your fishing rod.

#Step 5

how to cast spinning reel - STEP5

Make sure to open the reel bail, which is the loop of wire on your fishing rod. It rotates on the rim outside and behind the spool and is the green loop of wire that you can see in the picture above. It allows you to gather the line back up, helping you pull the bait in and close to you.

#Step 6

Video: How to throw fishing rod at in seashore

Video Credit: Jarvis Walker Brands

To get your reel bailout there and catch fish from afar, swing your rod from the back of your shoulders.

#Step 7

Video: Fishing for Big Catfish on a Small Pole

Video Credit: The Fish Whisperer

Next up, make sure to sweep the rod forward and release the fishing reel while extending your arm. Point your index finger right to the exact place where you want to release your reel, to further help you target your bait to the casting area. It may not be easy, but it certainly is doable.

It is important to note that a lot of spinning reels can become twisted while you are trying to roll it back up. Consider using a snap swivel connected at the end of your reel to avoid these types of problems and to attract your preferred lure.

If you think you are ready, then it may be time to practice in the water, or at least somewhere near it. Do not be frustrated if you do not get it right the first few times, as it takes a lot of practice and patience to actually catch fish and be successful with fishing.

If you think you are ready, then it may be time to practice in the water, or at least somewhere near it. Do not be frustrated if you do not get it right the first few times, as it takes a lot of practice and patience to actually catch fish and be successful with fishing.

#2, Buying your Gear and Protective Clothing


Make sure to wear protective clothing when going fishing, as the hook on your fishing rod can accidentally hurt you.

A multi-purpose fishing jacket is a great choice for those who are looking to store their gear in one place, and somewhere closer to their body.

Fishing Rod

If you are a beginner, then we suggest using a simple and uncomplicated fishing rod. The Zebco Fishing Rod and Reel Combo have a quickset anti-reverse, dial-adjustable magnum drag, metal gears, pre-spooled, comfortable EVA handle, and a durable fiberglass rod.

#3, Pro-Tips on How to Cast a Spinning Reel Farther

If you are more on the advanced or pro side, then these tips would definitely help amp up your fishing game. These tips are also great for when you are using boat pods or so:

  • Calculate the distance between the rod tip and reel, and then lower the lure
  • Flip the bail open when you are using a spinning reel. This is the thin wire that is flipped from one side to another. Choose your most dominant hand and hold the lure tight with your other hand
  • Put the rod tip down, and pull the fish straight back into your chest
  • Point your rod down straight, and then release your lure with your dominant hand and fingers. The reel will automatically come off the spool, making your lure go towards your direction.

Video: Spinning Reel Basics

Video Credit:  InformativeFisherman

In this video, the Informative Fisherman discusses basic spinning reel basics and how-tos. He talks about how to use ultra-light reels, medium-sized bass reels, and surf casting reels. The host also talks about the main parts of a fishing rod and reel.
Now, we have discussed everything you need to know about reels and rods. You will never go home empty-handed or have problems with fishing ever again! Go on and take that whole bunch of fish home!
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