How To Cast A Spinning Reel


Among the different types of reels used in fishing, spinning reels are the most popular. That’s because they are versatile with varying methods of casting and retrieval techniques. Also, with a spinning reel, it’s easy to learn to cast within a few hours. Here’s what you need to know about how to cast a spinning reel.

Casting A Spinning Reel:

Compared to other conventional reels or baitcaster, casting a spinning reel is considerably different. First, there’s a fixed spool, so the weight of the lure is responsible for pulling the line off the spool. Due to this reason, the line stops coming from the spool after the lure hits the water. However, your skill level as the angler will have a huge impact on the distance and accuracy of the cast.

Other determinants on the accuracy and distance of your cast include the power behind the cast, the quality of the lure, the weight of the lure, the power and action of the rod and also the lure itself. However, before everything comes into play, you need to know the basics of the cast. Here are some of the steps you should know when casting a spinning reel.

How To Cast A Spinning Reel

Step 1:

When casting the reel, hold it with your dominant hand. Hold the stem of the reel foot between your middle finger and ring finger. That way, your index finger should be able to reach above the line roller and bail. Also, your thumb should wrap around the rod and sit on top of it.

Depending on the size of your hand, you can adjust accordingly until the stem of the reel rests between your pinky and ring finger. Find the most comfortable grip for you. However, you can change your position depending on the size of the spinning reel.

If you have a larger rod where the handle is extended, you need to cast using two hands with one hand holding the rod just below the reel near the extended grip.

Step 2:

Make sure the bail goes under the line roller, and the line comes as close as possible to your index finger. Then wrap the bail around the line using your index finger. When the bail is still closed, you can pull the line upwards, just like a trigger towards the rod blank then hold it there.

Step 3:

Take a proper look at the lure at the end of your line. If you want to cast with the best accuracy, make sure the lure isn’t touching the tip of the rod since it will reduce the casting distance. Also, it shouldn’t be too far away from the tip of the rod since it will also be far away from the movements of the rod; thus it will hinder the casting performance. Make sure there is about 10 inches or 1 foot of distance between the tip of the rod and the lure.

Step 4:

When holding the line with your index finger, open the bail then put the spool into free spool. When you let go of the line, it will leave the spool without any hassles.

Step 5:

Make sure your shoulders are facing the target then start casting the rod. Start by drawing it back very slowly and swinging it forward. Depending on where you’re hoping to cast, start by releasing your index finger from the line then the lure will carry the weight of the line until it hits the water. The point when you release will determine the exact trajectory of the lure.

Therefore, if you release very early, your lure will fly too high and not go very far. Also, if you release very late, the lure will simply slap the water right in front of your boat. If you want to get the best distance, you should know that the tip of the rid will be moving from the start of the cast to the farthest distance it can go to the back cast.

The motion you can use when casting will depend on the exact cast you’re doing. Whether it is a pitching, overhand, flipping, sidearm or skipping, there will be different motions with the rod and your arm.

Your fishing trip will be bountiful with these tips on casting a spinning reel!