How to Use Fishing Pole Reels

How to Use Fishing Pole Reels
The spinning reel is the type of reel most recommended for the first-time angler. Spinning reels mounted on a fishing pole allow the individual to cast live bait such as a night crawler or a lure such as a spoon a long distance into the water. The novice can easily master this procedure with a little patience and practice.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spinning reel and fishing pole Fishing weight
  • Spinning reel and fishing pole
  • Fishing weight
Step 1
Study your spinning reel and pole to understand how it works. Examine the reel closely and identify the drag adjustment knob and the anti-reverse button. The drag knob typically sits on the top of the reel and acts as a sort of brake to keep a large fish from taking line easily. The anti-reverse mechanism is normally on the lower front or back of the reel beneath the spool and can lock the reel so the handle only turns in one direction, with line coming in.
Step 2
Attach two heavy split shots to your fishing line and go to an open area where you can practice casting.
Step 3
Hold the fishing pole with your dominant hand so your index finger lies close to the wire bail. The bail is the thin wire piece that resembles a football helmet facemask. It acts as a retrieval system when the handle of the reel spins, wrapping the line around the spool.
Step 4
Flip the bail up so it catches in the "open" position. If you fail to do this, the line cannot come off the reel when you cast. Before opening the bail, secure the line coming off the reel with the tip of your index finger so the line does not simply come unwinding out of the spool when the bail is flipped up. Angle your finger so the line cannot come off the reel.
Step 5
Bring the fishing pole back with an easy motion while still holding onto the line with the tip of your finger. Liken the movement to how you would bring back your hand if you were attempting to throw a dart. Pick out a target in the open area toward which you wish to cast.
Step 6
Bring the rod tip of the pole forward with enough force to propel the split shots toward their target. When the rod tip acquires a position that resembles ten o'clock, release the line by straightening out the tip of your finger. Knowing the exact moment to release the line will requires practice and is likely to give you trouble.
Step 7
Once the split shots hit the ground, close the bail. You can do this manually by flipping it back down or by turning the handle of your reel, which will flip the bail back after one turn. In a real fishing scenario, your bait would now be in the water. If it were live bait, you would wait for a bite. If it were some sort of fishing lure, you would reel it in by turning the handle before casting it out again.

Tips & Warnings

 
Practice without a hook attached to your line until you become proficient at casting accurately. Always be aware of what is in front of and in back of you when casting your pole.
 
Practice without a hook attached to your line until you become proficient at casting accurately.
 
Always be aware of what is in front of and in back of you when casting your pole.

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