How to Use a Spin Cast Fishing Reel

How to Use a Spin Cast Fishing Reel
Spin cast fishing reels are an excellent way to introduce the uninitiated and young to fishing. A step above the traditional pole-and-string method, spin cast reels introduce beginners to the world of fishing reels without the problems often associated with spinning or bait casting reels. Issues such as tangled line are eliminated from the process due to the totally enclosed design of the reels.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line Assorted terminal tackle, such as weights and hooks Bait or artificial lures
  • Fishing line
  • Assorted terminal tackle, such as weights and hooks
  • Bait or artificial lures
Step 1
Familiarize yourself with the equipment you'll use. Spin cast reels come in two basic types: top-mounted and bottom-mounted. Top mounted reels feature a completely enclosed construction that prevents the line from becoming tangled during casting. The casting (or release) button is located at the rear of the reel for easy access. A bottom-mounted spin cast reel features a front-mounted trigger release rather than a rear button. These reels are also completely enclosed.
Step 2
If the fishing line hasn't been pre-wound on the reel at purchase, unscrew the front cover of the reel. This allows access to the spool. Thread appropriately sized line through the hole in the cover and tie an arbor knot around the spool. The arbor knot consists of an overhand knot around the main line, followed by another overhand knot tied in the tag end of the line as a stopper. Snug the line around the spool. Screw the end cap onto the reel and wind the line onto the reel.
Step 3
Thread the line through the eyes of the rod and attach the terminal tackle you'll be using. This may include a weight and hook or some other setup, depending on the type of fishing or bait to be used. Spin cast fishing is adaptable to almost any species or type of fishing, which makes this a truly versatile method of fishing.
Step 4
Make sure that when you cast the line, there is 1 foot to 2 feet of line extending from the end of the rod. Depress the casting button or pull upward on the trigger, depending on the model reel. This process will release a mechanism inside the reel that holds the line in place but will not allow line to be released from the spool itself.
Step 5
Bring the rod back and to the front to create momentum, or simply hold it over the water and allow the bait to drop to a spot below the angler. If casting, the button or trigger should be released at a point where the rod is moving forward and toward the target area on the water. If dropping the bait into the water, release the button or trigger and allow the bait to fall into the water. The latter method is typically used for beginners as they become familiar with the operation of spin cast reels.
Step 6
When the bait has reached the water and is at the depth you wish to fish, turn the handle of the reel one turn. This will re-engage the line holding mechanism and begin the process of spooling the line onto the reel. To take up more line, turn the handle--thus winding more line onto the spool of the reel.

Tips & Warnings

A great way to learn and become familiar with the workings of a spin cast reel is to practice with a rubber plug or weight. This should be done in an open area, away from trees and obstructions. Practice releasing the mechanism of the reel and winding line. Also practice getting the weight to target areas.
Take care when handling line; it's possible to be cut by taut line. Also, use care with hooks while attaching bait and while casting. Becoming hooked during a cast can be a serious situation that may require medical attention.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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