Tips on Fishing with Spinning Reels

Jan 5, 2023

A lot of anglers use spinning tackle exclusively, yet there are some anglers who shy completely away from it. Here are a few tips to help you get more out of your spinning tackle. My rule of thumb for spinning tackle is always use 10 lb. line or less. Usually when I'm fishing with straight fluorocarbon it's going to be 6-8 lb. line. That just helps alleviate the problems you'll have with loops and knots in your lines. One thing that's definitely changed spinning tackle in recent years is braid. The braids have gotten a lot better. Now you can put 20 lb. braid on here but you still have the diameter of 6 lb. line and that's one of the reasons I use braid now. I can put heavier line on here, it casts further, it's a small diameter but I can put a leader, you know I can take a leader of 8 lb. fluorocarbon here with an Alberto knot and attach it and use it all day without any problems.


With spinning tackle you really want to whip cast it more than you want to do like a bait caster where you're making a long wide cast because the lure is pulling the line up. With a spinning rod it's going to pull it off the spool and coil so you really need to whip the bait. When I make a cast, I want to cast out and as I do, I feather it with my line and stop it with my hand. Then I close the bail by hand, never with the reel and I pull the line tight. And what that does is it gets any loose coils that are in here under your spool tightened back out before you start working the lure back in. Whether you're using straight fluorocarbon or braid with a fluorocarbon liter, use the lighter lines, make whip casts, feather your line with your finger, close the spool by hand and you'll have no problem using spinning gear for all of your needs.

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