Fishing can be one of the most rewarding experiences that one can have, and many want to pass on those experiences to younger generations. While fishing can be fun and rewarding, one should know the basics before trying to teach another. One of the most basic aspects of fishing comes in the form of being able to cast your fishing reel. There are many types of reels that one has the option of using such as closed face, open face (spinning), bait casting, and conventional reels. Due to this fact, many people do not know which reel to choose for optimum performance nor how to cast anything other than the beginner’s closed face reel. Although it is a good beginning reel, the closed face reel can be limiting to the fisherman when it comes to catching bigger game as closed face reels do not have the gears to tackle big game. For this reason, many people upgrade from the closed face reel to the spinning reel, which can handle any game from small mouth bass and crappie up to fish such as the yellow-fin tuna. The spinning reel normally utilizes two cogs or gears that interlock giving the spinning action a solid backbone to fight big fish. Also, the fact that the spool is situated on top of the reel and is open faced allows for less friction when casting, which will allow for farther distances and more accuracy. Spinning reels are made for use in both fresh water and saltwater and most are relatively the same although saltwater spinning reels are larger and can sometimes be more difficult to cast.
Freshwater and Basics
Casting Saltwater Spinning Reels can be difficult for the beginner due to their sheer size and the length of the rod, which is why it is best to learn with a smaller freshwater reel. Once you have mastered the art of casting a freshwater open face spinning rod, you can move on to larger spinning reels. By keeping these few easy steps in mind while casting, you will greatly improve both distance and accuracy. First, make sure that you place your favored hand on the grip between the rod and the reel. Your pointer finger will tuck slightly around the exposed line running from the bell of the reel to the first eye. Once your finger has secured the line, take your opposing hand and flip the bell over, which will release the line from the spool. Once the line has been released, you will then place your opposing hand near the butt end of the rod for more bracing. Slowly bring the rod around your body while paying close attention to the hook on the terminal end of the line. Once the body has been twisted, bring the opposing elbow away from the body. You are now in the loaded position and ready to cast. In a swift but smooth motion, bring the opposing elbow downward while flicking the wrist of the hand holding the rod and reel. As you come to about a forty five degree angle, you should release the line tucked under your finger. This should send the bait sailing over the water. Although you may not have the perfect cast with your very first try, with a small amount of practice you will be casting anywhere you please in a short amount of time. After you have mastered the smaller freshwater reels, you may want to try your hand at casting saltwater rods.
For casting saltwater rods and spinning reels, the motions are very similar to casting the smaller freshwater reels although the positioning of the lower body is taken into consideration. Position your opposing leg in front of your body and put your favored leg behind in a flexible position. You will go through the same basic steps as the smaller reel although you will load the rod a different way. Hold the rod at an angle behind your body. After it is steady, you will dip the rod towards the ground and send the weight and bait away from your body. Once the weight comes to its climax, you will then twist the body as you did with the smaller spin cast and use the motion of the weight as it swings back towards your body. This cast is not to be practiced around large groups of people and it is suggested that one practice a few swings before actually letting the bait loose.