Spincasting fishing reels have been around since the late 1940s, and they remain popular with anglers as well as fishermen. Unlike other reels you don’t have to worry about tangled lines or a backlash, and for these reasons it’s ideal for beginners. To cast a spincast, follow these steps.
How to Cast Step by Step
- The line should be reeled in until you lure is six inches off the rod tip. This hold true for both bobbers sinkers.
- Hold the rod along the back of the reel. Your thumb should be placed over the button along the rear. Look for the recessed area where your index finger is supposed to rest.
Majority of anglers cast with their line reel hand. If you’re going to grip the rod at the back of the reel, you’ll need to switch hands when casting.
- Face the location where you will fish. Position your body so the side that isn’t holding the reel is more oriented towards fishing area.
- Don’t hold the reel upright when you cast because it’s going to feel stiff. Position the rod so the reel points up. Doing this allows you to flick your wrist, so your cast is more powerful and natural.
- Press and hold the button firmly. This may cause a bit of drop, but that’s okay. Just make sure you have a firm grip of the button so it doesn’t fall too much. If the reel drops too much, pull up and do it again.
- Start bending your casting arm, lifting the rod until the tip is slightly off vertical.
- Use a forward motion and sweep the reel until it is eye level. This is around the 10 o’ clock spot.
- Let go of the button, and this should propel the lure to the target spot. You have to time this correctly: let go of the button too quickly and it will go up, but wait too long and the lure plunges in front of you.
- As soon as your bait lands in the target location, press the button.
- Bottom Bouncing: this is best done with boat trolling or with a current. Use a live bait or jig and put it in the current. As it bounces, some noise will be made, drawing in fish. For this to work you have to do faster than normal retrievals. You just keep letting it bounce and fish will keep coming back. This is most effective for rainbow trout.
- Live Lining: this method works best with live bait and in streams where water naturally flows. Cast and allow the bait to go to the bottom. During retrieval, let the bait fish and current do it for you, but make certain your bait is close to the bottom. In live lining, your goal is to make sure the bait goes in the rocks, holes and other places where fish hide.
- Chumming: chum is often used to draw sharks and other large fish, and it’s a method a lot of seasoned anglers use. It’s not popular with new anglers though as the process is more involved and messy. While chumming can get too detailed, it is ideal for those who like going over all the details.
Chumming doesn’t have to get complicated however, as there are reedy made mixes available in tackle shops. But if you want to use pet food, bread or canned corn to attract fish, they will also work. Some states have laws about which fish you can chum so check first.
- Walking the Dog: this technique involves the use of poppers and other topwater lures. Cast and allow it to settle, and keep your rod about 1.5 feet over the water. Angle the rod slightly down and the tip near the water. Use your wrist to move the rod left to right. The line has to be slack so the lure moves in a zig zag manner. Eventually you’re going to find that rhythm.
- Jigging: jigging is often used in saltwater, and it’s ideal if you like to fish deeper than normal. You cast and wait until the jig rig gets to the bottom. Now you utilize the rod tip to top quickly before lowering it. Don’t set the rod too high because hooking the fish will be more difficult. When lowering bait, reel down, and reel up to pull off the bait.
Caring for Your Spincast Reel
- Read the instructions that came with your spincast reel and use it accordingly. Do not use the spincast reel for anything other than what it is designed for.
- Use the proper cleaning supplies. Cleaning cloth, water, lube grease and reel oil are easily obtainable. Use only those that are meant for your spincast reel.
- When cleaning your reels, make sure the reel has been disassembled first. The process varies per model so you have to check the operating manual for directions.
- You should lay the components on a mat so you don’t lose them. Put a strip of tape under each one and number them. This way you don’t leave anything out when you put the thing back together.
- Always hold the reel and rod correctly when disassembling or putting them together. Most anglers hold the reel with their left hand and disassemble / assemble with their right. If you’re more comfortable the other way around do it, but what’s important is you hold it properly.
- Do not place metal on metal when handling your gear.
- Have tweezers on standby as you will need it to work on the wire clips and springs.
- Your fishing line has to be secure prior to taking out the spool. Use masking tape or strip the line off so the line doesn’t get entangled between the frame and spool.
Fishing reels can be effective especially if handled properly. Hopefully the tips this article has helped you get the most out of your reel. It may take some practice but you will get the hang of it and haul the fish in.