How To Use A Spinning Reel

How To Use A Spinning Reel

When fishing, it is really important to know about the equipment that you need and the steps you need to perform. So if you are a beginner and you want to know the basic techniques of fishing, here is how to set up the rod and use a spinning reel.

Spinning reel and spinning rod

If you haven’t purchased your spinning reel yet, this is your chance. You can read all of our reviews and advice posts and find a reel perfect for you. Our advice will guide you to choose the spinning reel that meets your needs and budget.

As you gain fishing prowess, you can choose an upgraded spinning reel. You can pick the best spinning reels from our wide variety of reviews.

While picking the best spinning reel you also need to choose the best spinning rod for yourself too. These can be available separately or bought together as a fishing package. It is all about preference when it comes to the right rod and reel. That means it might be a good idea to try to rent first.

Fishing line

The type of fishing line depends on the types of fish you are going to catch. There are different kinds of fishing lines for various light or heavy fish. Meaning, you must choose the appropriate line for the fish that you are going to catch. Reach out to us today for any questions on fishing line.


Baits are also dependent on the fish that you are about to catch. A simple web search will provide you with a plethora of information on fish and the bait that they eat. You should bring multiple baits/hooks with you because you never know what might work one day and not the next. In terms of scissors, we highly recommend the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00C9U70IE” locale=”US” tag=”reelsaltwaterfishing-20″]Santoro Products Fishing Sea Scissors, Red[/easyazon_link].

Now that we have the equipment discussed, let’s look at the functionality of a spinner.

Store your equipment

After you have all the equipment that you need to go fishing, you need a really good tackle box to keep it all in one place. Reel Saltwater Fishing recommends the, [easyazon_link identifier=”B003M1IHB8″ locale=”US” tag=”reelsaltwaterfishing-20″]Spiderwire Wolf Tackle Bag, Black[/easyazon_link], as our top choice.

Understand the important parts of the reel

The reel contains a few components. Here are the components:

  • There is a spool where is the fishing line is wound around.
  • There is a handle and when it is turned, the line is forced back into the reel.
  • There is a bail which stops the line from coming out of the spool.
  • When the bail is closed almost no line can come out of the spool and when the bail is open line can come out of spool freely.
  • The drag knob allows you to set how easily the line can come out from the spool.
  • The line roller guides the line from the spool to the rod.

Connect the reel to the rod

Now you need to connect the spinning reel to the rod by loosening the reel set, placing the reel foot into the reel seat and tightening the reel set.

String the rod

We prefer to string the rod before spooling the reel. To do so, guide the line through each of the rod’s eyelets starting at the end of the rod. When you get to the reel, look for the spooling instructions below.

Spool the reel

Open the bail, place the line around the reel, tie a knot using these two pieces, and then tie a double knot with the resulting pieces. Cut the loose piece away, close the bail, tightly hold the line, turn the reel until the desired amount of line is on the reel. Check out the video below for a more detailed look at spooling line.

Set the drag knob

Each reel comes with a drag setting. You can adjust the drag by loosening or tightening the top of the spinning reel. A tighter spin, the more drag and pressure the reel will have. A looser configuration will not place as much pressure on the line, but allow the fish to advance line off of the reel.

Attach your bait or lure

Once the drag is set, you will want to attach your lure or your bait. We suggest googling the proper knots for the hooks or lures you plan to use.

Cast the bait

Once the bait or lure is attached you will need to cast the reel. To start open the bail, grip the free line with a finger from the hand holding the rod, send the rod back behind you as if you were going to throw a ball, cast the rod forward and let go of the line, allowing the line to spool freely off of the reel. Once the bait lands safely, close the bail and tighten the line.

Catch fish!

Now you are fishing. Patience is a virtue. When you feel the rod tip slam, rear back and set the hook. Fish on…Now REEL!

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