You’re thinking about picking up a new hobby, perhaps fishing. And a question comes to mind is how you cast spinning reel and a spinning rod. Well that’s a valid question guys. And I see even experienced anglers have trouble with some of these, simplistic things. So let me go ahead you my simple approach to casting a spinning rod and reel. First things first what you want to do, like with any tool, you want to learn the fundamentals of this real. And the first things I would tell you to learn is, you know the terminology. This is your bail the dial up above controls the drag, loosening at counterclockwise, clockwise learning that, and then obviously this is your crank. This is what retrieves the line and the gear ratio of that particular reel is what determines how fast the line, is retreat.
So to cast this, what you want to do is you want to manually turn the bill and you want it to go up just like so. And you want to hold the rod and the reel where it’s most comfortable for you. And the way I do that is I like to place my index and middle finger and fraught of the real here, real shaft and then my other two fingers behind it. That’s the most comfortable for me. Some people hold it with just their pinky back there. Some were two, two in front, two in the back. So that part is just preference guys. And that’s, you know, there’s no right or wrong way in my opinion. Now in order to get this ready for casting, you want to take your index finger or your trigger finger and you want to barely lay the line on your finger, just like so. Now one thing that I see a lot of times being done wrong, even by some more experienced anglers is they like to grab this whole line just like so. Well what that does is it impacts accuracy. And distance. And a lot of times that line or snag on your finger and your bait won’t go where you, you know, ideally had it going. So make sure you’re paying attention to that. So lay the line on your index finger and engage your bill with your left hand. And if you’re right handed, you do the op, or if you’re left handed, you do the opposite. You’d be holding this with your left hand engaging with your right.
So one of the things that you want to do before you make your cas is to make sure you have about six to eight inches from the rod tip down to the lure. And that’s going to give you the most accuracy. You don’t want it to be hanging too long and you’ll want to, you don’t want it to be too short. You want it to be at, to use that momentum and weight of the lure to get a good bend in the rod so that way you can get a nice, efficient cast.
I have my lure here. I’m letting out a little line and I’m grabbing the line with my index finger. I manually open the bell with my left hand and now I’m going to locate my target as to where I want to cas. Now there’s a few different ways you can do this. You can roll cast it, you can over hand cast it or you could do a side cast. Those are the three primary ways that you’re going to cass. And for this example I’ll just do a side cast. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to load the rod back and I like to grab, I like to make a cast with two hands. Some people like to just use one hand. I think you get a lot more control utilizing two hands. I’ll hold it just like I showed you here with my right hand. And then I’ll hold the butt of the Rod with my left hand and I use it as a pivot. You’re utilizing the rod and you’re using this almost as a power hand. Just to the bring back more straight and also for control. That’s that primary purpose. I’m going to locate my target. I am going to load the rod back and I’m going to cash straight towards my target.
I just made my cas guys and I’m satisfied, I’m close to my target. What you want to do is take your left hand and manually close the bell. And what that does is it engages the real and allows it to be ready for retrieval and it also prevents loops and it prevents damage to the bell. These are all very important things. Make sure you’re manually closing this and now I can retrieve the line or the lure.
I just want to also mention that if the line is going straight up in the air, that means you released too early on the index finger. Now if the lure is crashing down at your feet, that means you release too late. You got to get a good feel for it, a little bit of practice and you’ll get the hang of it. Let me show you three different styles of casts that are very popular. First off, you’ve got your over hand index finger on the line, just a few, six to eight inches of the lower hanging from the rod tip. I want to point straight, you know, at the target and I want to go over, I’m holding it with both hands, I’m going to go straight over and beautiful. That’s the overhand pat. The next popular one that I use quite frequently is what they would call the roll cast. And that’s where you’re somewhat close to the water and you’re, you’re using just the rod to roll. Like it’s almost like a circular motion and you’re pointing the rod at the direction that you want to go. And a lot of times this roll cast is used to skip bates. It’s very popular for docs and such as such as that or under mangroves. You want to skip a lower, this is when you would use that. It’s the same thing. I’m going low, I’m holding the rod with my left hand and my right here I have the law and loaded on my finger and I’m just rolling and the lure skipped across the water there because it had a low trajectory and just like a stolen skips, the water, if you have a flat lure, it’ll do the same. The next cast is what we call just a simple side cast and you’re not getting low and you’re not rolling the rod like on a roll cast. You’re pretty much opening the bill or placing the line on your finger, opening the bell, locating your target, and instead of casting overhand, you’re loading the rod to your side and pointing it straight at your target and then releasing your finger.