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Fishing 101: What You Need to Know about Spinning Reels

Spinning Reel

Fishing 101: What You Need to Know about Spinning Reels

As kids, we imagined that fishing involves disguising a bait as a sausage. However, as adults, we learned that fishing does not include those things, especially a talking cat and mouse. You might not be fishing with this mischievous duo, but fishing can still be fun.

You can get the most out of the fishing charter if you know the fishing fundamentals. How do you plan for your next fishing trip? You might want to know these things first before agreeing on a contract to charter a fishing vessel.

Shopping for a Fishing Line

You have three choices when shopping for a fishing line: monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braided line. Each has its advantages and will serve your purpose accordingly.

Let us take the monofilament. It is the cheapest among the three and is suitable for beginners. On the other hand, fluorocarbon is the most expensive and best performing among the three.  

A braided line is a hybrid of both monofilament and fluorocarbon. It is cheaper than the former but not as expensive as the latter. However, it is pretty visible. 

How to Spool Your Line

Before you go out fishing, spool your fishing line properly. It is essential to ensure that the line runs smoothly inside the spool and does not get tangled. You also do not want to run out of line midway through the trip.

Your first step is to read the instructions carefully and run the lines through the guides. Afterward, you should flip the bail and tie the reel’s spool with an arbor knot. Once done, you can close the bail and pinch the line above your reel with your thumb and index finger.  

You can now use forceps, hemostats, or any instrument to tighten the arbor knot. Ask a friend to hold the opposite of the spool to ensure that the spool is feeding the reel. Kindly leave an eighth of an inch between the line and the reel so you will not go over the spool.

Once done, kindly remove the spool from the reel and soak it in warm water. Doing this will remove the memory and prevent the line from twisting. 

How to Cast a Spinning Reel

Casting a spinning reel needs practice. A spinning reel is held by your dominant hand, which should be your stronger hand. For example, if you are a right-handed person, you should have the reel in your right hand.

You would hold the rod with your forefinger and thumb in your weaker hand. You would use your three other fingers to work the bail. You are now ready to cast.

You have to ensure that the rod’s tip is pointing forward. In line with that, you need to flip your weaker hand and set the hook quickly. If you want to add pressure, you can also use your forefinger to pull the trigger on the spool.


So what are you waiting for? Try these out and be more knowledgeable when fishing next time. You deserve to have fun and enjoy a rewarding fishing trip. 

Now that you have a better understanding of spinning reels, you can better enjoy your next inshore fishing charter. You can arrange a trip with Showintail Inshore Charters and have a blast. We will be the one to provide the fishing license and tackle, so simply need to bring yourself. So arrange a trip now!

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