How to Fish With a Bait Cast Reel

How to Fish With a Bait Cast Reel
Bait-casting reels are very popular for use in both freshwater and saltwater. The design is very simple, making it a popular choice for many anglers. It has an open face without any cover on the reel, making the line accessible. The spool is mounted inside the reel and is released with a button. Bait-casting reels are simple to fish with and are commonly used to teach beginners how to fish and particularly how to cast a line, since the button-release minimizes casting mistakes.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bait casting reel
Step 1
Hold the end of the fishing rod behind your head and push in the bait-cast button. Bring the reel forward quickly, releasing the button at the top of the rod's arc to cast the line.
Step 2
Bring the reel forward quickly, releasing the button at the top of the rod's arc to cast the line.
Step 3
Let the line continue to run while the bait sinks in the water; do not touch the reel. When the bait has traveled far enough, slightly turn the reel with its handle until you hear a click. This will lock the line from unspooling any farther.
Step 4
Begin reeling in slowly, depending on the type of bait you are using. If you are using minnows, you will reel in quick, jerky motions to simulate a minnow's movement. Bottom-feeders such as prawn or chub should be dragged slowly. Worms should be reeled in by pulling up on the end of the rod to create slack in the line and then reeling in the slack.
Step 5
When you can see the bait, reel all the way in and re-cast.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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