How to Cast With a Saltwater Spin Reel

How to Cast With a Saltwater Spin Reel
From trout streams to beaches, spinning reels are an essential part of many anglers' tackle. Many people step up to spinning reels from baitcasting reels as their confidence increases with casting and lure placement. Spinning reels are versatile and tough, which make them the go-to choice for many saltwater fishermen. The ability to spool quantities of large-diameter lines makes spinning reels ideal for surf fishing as well as open saltwater fishing.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Grip the handle of the saltwater spinning rod with your dominant hand. Position your fingers so that they are split around the mounting post of the reel. Two fingers should be forward and back of the post. Grip the rod in much the same manner as a tennis racket with the thumb wrapping around the side of the grip.
Step 2
Locate the line roller attached to the bail wire on the front of the reel. The roller is mounted to one side of the bail wire. The wire stretches across the face of the reel and helps wind line onto the spool.
Step 3
Reach up with your index finger and hook the saltwater line just in front of the line roller. Catch the line in the joint of your finger to help hold it in place. Allow your finger to rest against the rod handle as you hold the line in place.
Step 4
Open the bail of the saltwater spinning reel with your free hand. Pull the bail wire back until it locks into place. This is necessary to allow the line to freely spool from the reel.
Step 5
Bring the rod back and then forward. Use a smooth backward motion and then quickly flick your wrist forward. As the tip of the rod approaches the direction of your target on the water, release the line from your finger. Allow the lure to contact the water and begin reeling to retrieve the lure.

Tips & Warnings

Practice releasing the line. It will be necessary to release the line at various points based on distance, over hanging limbs and other factors.
Make sure no one is standing to the side or directly behind you when casting. Also watch for overhead utility lines.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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