How to Use Spinners for Sea Fishing

How to Use Spinners for Sea FishingYou can go spinning near the surface of the water, at a lower depth or in a rocky area near an embankment. Because it's easy to change the location of your line when fishing closer to the surface, you can explore different areas of the sea and pinpoint where fish are biting and at what rate. Spinners are oddly shaped lures with an oval or circular blade attached at the center, so always attach the correct weight of tackle and reel your fish in with precision to avoid dropping your line.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Add a 10 to 15 pound mono-filament fishing line to a carp rod or a specialist spinning rod. Lightweight tackle increases your ability to detect movement on the fishing line.
Step 2
Thread a size 4/0 or 6/0 single hook to your line and add bait. Use ragworm or redrag (maddies) when spinning for flounders and gurnards.
Step 3
Observe the water for surface disturbance. Whitebait, mackerel and bass agitate the surface of the water when feeding. Seabirds may also loom overhead in search of scrapes, blood and oils.
Step 4
Keep the spinner moving fast. Cast and retrieve the line quickly so the metal on the spinner reflects light from the sun and water. For example, trout are more prone to bite with a standard spoon, which creates a wobble movement in the water. Cast and retrieve quickly for the best results.
Step 5
Work your line.When spinning for schoolie bass or mullet, increase your speed slightly as you reel in the fish. Keep the fish close to the surface of the water, but still a few feet beneath it. Add a bubble float to your lure to increase how much distance you have on the fish.

Tips & Warnings

Twitch your rod tip as you bring in the fish.
When possible, use the same type of bait as the main food source of the water you are fishing. For example, if mackerel are present in high numbers and you are bass fishing, attach a replica mackerel to your line.
Mepps spinners are designed for anglers fishing for flounders, trouts and gurnards.
Spinners have few patterns that carry enough weight for long distance casting. Most only weigh up to about 18 grams.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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