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How to choose a fishing spinning reel

Fishing spinning reel is widely used by many anglers because it is easy to use and it offers the best performance, because of the great technological innovations incorporated in the spinning reel. However, choosing the best fishing spinning reel that suits your needs is very essential. Getting the best in the market is not an easy task and many people have found it a daunting task to get a high quality fishing spinning reel for their needs and as a result, they end up buying the second best. However, it is possible to get the best spinning reel in the market with the help of a buyers guide.

When buying a fishing spinning reel, take a look at the body type or the housing. It can be made of aluminum, graphite, or a combination of the two. A stronger housing is highly recommendable as it will offer reliable services and aluminum body is the best to settle for. This is because aluminum is very strong unlike a fishing spinning reel made of graphite. Consider the fishing environment because at times the sea water could be salty and graphite is best suited for such areas. The solidity of the body structure is vital and one should always buy a compact and not a loose body structure.

Fishing Spinning Reel

Fishing Spinning Reel

The size of the fishing spinning reel is very crucial when buying it. Choosing the correct size will help you to achieve the best when using the reel. A Lighter line needs a smaller reel while a ten pound test line will require a high strength and a reel with a bigger diameter. To ensure that you are buying a fishing spinning reel for the intended use, look out for the capacity information found on the spool of the fishing spinning reel. This will provide all the information pertaining to the size of the spinning reel. If you are purchasing the reel online, look out for the product chart to settle for the right size fishing spinning reel that suits your needs.

Unlike the casting reels which have a rotating spool, fishing spinning reel is fixed and has bail wraps that wraps it onto the spool as you turn the handle. Therefore, look out for the gear ratio which refers to the number of times that a bail rotates around the spool with a single turn of the fishing spinning reel. The ratio determines the speed at which you will carry out the fishing. A high low or medium speed retrieve should be determined by the style of fishing that you intend to do and it is for this reason that you should a good fishing spinning reel with a great gear ratio that will allow faster and easy fishing.

You also have to choose a fishing spinning reel with a good drag system. The drag is responsible for applying pressure to a hooked fish and letting out line during the fight. Without a smooth and high quality drag on a fishing spinning reel, there are many risks of broken lines that one could encounter and the possibilities of losing the fish are very high. Therefore, always ensure that the fishing spinning reel has a smooth drag and with a non constrictive system.


How to Cast a Spinning Reel

The spinning reel is currently the most popular reel available on the market today. Being the simplest to learn to cast and or retrieve, they can be used even by starter anglers. Spinning reels cast far into the waters and with practice, you will be able to attain Casting Spinning Reel better accuracy levels than any other type of reels. Spinning reeling can be used entirely on any type of fishing. This is the reel to get for your kid who has just started learning how to fish. Even though the spinning reels are considered ideal for beginners, even more advanced anglers can use them in their daily fishing activities. To avoid accidents and make the best out of spinning reels, be sure to practice using them say in the park and without their hooks. Here we look at the procedure for casting spinning reel.

Step 1

Hold, the spinning reel by sliding the hand you are to use in fishing around the spinning reel seat. Get two of you fingers behind the stem of the reel and another two in front of the stem. This is to give you a better grip on the reel for casting while at the same time freeing the forefinger ready to trap your fishing line as you start swinging the casting.

Casting Spinning Reel

Casting Spinning Reel

Step 2

The second step towards casting spinning reel is to let off some bit of your fishing hand from the rod and extend that hand’s first finger downwards to pick the fishing line. Afterwards, you will need to pull this fishing line against the position the rod is trapped by your finger. With the other hand open, the bail arm and this will make the reel ready to be casted. Remember, this step is very crucial and if you get the sequence wrong then you might end up with a spilled line from the spool which will make the whole process very messy.

Step 3

With the bail arm opened and the fishing line trapped, swing the rod backwards until it is past your shoulders. In a swift and smooth arc, swing it back to the front starting on a slow pace as you gain momentum. The finishing point should be done by drifting the rod straight ahead of you pointing horizontally.

Step 4

Get the right moment before the rod gets still and straighten the finger that is holding the fishing line and throw the weight forward while at the same time towing the line behind the casting weight. It is important to get the release time right or else you risk throwing the bait to an unknown place if done before or having land on front of you if done a little too late.

These casting spinning reel tips will work best for light fishing rods that are held by a single hand and which are used in catching bass, bream or trout. However, it does not mean that the same procedure cannot be used for heavier rods that use two hands in holding the rods. Unlike the single hand rods, the double hand rods require both arms in performing vital tasks when out fishing.

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Boat Fishing

Fishing from a boat is great. It also allows you to access alot of fishing spots. Wheather fishing in harbours or coastal waters there is a few basics that can help to increase your catch.
Once again reading the water and finding the fish is step number one. Onviously equipment like a fishfinder will help you find fish and areas of foul ground or chanels and deep water. However other signs can also help to tell you where fish may be such as, points, reefs, depressions, rocky outcrops, and islands. Hydrographic charts can also help to point out channels etc.

In addition to bait fishing trolloing is a popular way to catch fish such as Kahawai and Kingfish. Lures such as the bibbed minnow style work well. Its best not to troll with more than a couple of lures as to reduce risk of tangles. Lures are particularly good to run through “workups” if you are keen to catch a few Kahawai.

Boat Fishing

Boat Fishing

When bait fishing as with shore fishing it is a good idea to take a couple of different baits to try if one is not working so well you can try a different one. Depending on depths and currents etc the weight you use with your bait may vary from none at all to a small ball sinker to a very heavy sinker to get the bait to the bottom in a strong current. Soft baits such as pilchard and bonito should be checked regularly as they are easily quickly taken off the hook by little fish and crabs. As well as fishing areas over reefs etc, another way to find fish is to drift fish. This involves fishing without an anchor down so that you are continually dragging your bait through new area. When fish start getting caught you can either put an anchor down or go up current and drift down through the area again.

Jigging is another popular method of catching fish when drift fishing. The tackle for Jig fishing in the ocean is similar to jig fishing gear mentioned in our trout fishing section. A firm rod should be used that can lift the jig quickly. Cast your jig ahead of the boat so that you drift toward your jig. Let it hit the bottom, wind the line in tight then jerk up sharply letting it drift back down to the bottom again, Any change or difference in the feel of the jig should induce an instant strike from the angler. In general, deeper water and stronger currents require heavier jigs.

Good luck fishing!


Tips to improve your Beach Fishing

When surf casting/fishing from the beach the angler must understand that fish are scattered in small numbers. The issue is finding the fish. Finding the areas where the fish congregate will produce consistant success. These areas are generally an area of the sea bed that has an abnormal feature. This will in turn change the waves on the surface; enabling the angler to spot the area. Some good signs to look for are:
– Independent white water breaking off shore that may indicate a shallow reef or bar.
– Strong currents and rips, these are easily identified by a calm section along the surf beach and foam and debris floating out to sea.
– A piece of wave that is not breaking may indicate an area of deeper water.

beach fishing

beach fishing

On beaches where it is calm and there is no surf, it becomes more difficult to read the water. Look for darker coloured water that may indicate depth. Also any rocks etc that are sticking up out of the water may indicate an area worth fishing.

As far as tackle goes you need equipment capable of casting long distances. Rods of between 3 – 5 meters capable of casting sinkers anywhere from 60 – 200 grams. Depending on how far you will need to cast. Line weight also effects casting distance, too light and it may snap – to heavy and your range will be limited. Around 8kg line is appropriate for most situations. A large fixed spool spinning rod is ideal for beach fishing.
Good luck fishing!

Something Fishermen Do That Really Annoys Me

Why do you go fishing? Do you fish for food? Do you fish for relaxation? Do you fish to get away? I know why I fish. I fish for the chance to catch something really big. I want to catch that monster fish. I want to come home with a fish story.

The last time I went fly fishing on the San Juan River in northern New Mexico I hooked into that monster. This trout must have run close to 30 inches. Now I have hooked into, and landed, some awful dang big fish on that river, but this one took the cake. This fish was far bigger and stronger than any other fish that I have run into up there.

Let me give you some quick background on fishing the San Juan before I go on. The trout up there feed on extremely small midges, so most of the time you are fishing size 22 flies on 6x tippet. So obviously, you absolutely cannot fight the fish too hard or else your line will snap or the fish will slip the hook. I know guys who have landed trout that are around 28 or 29 inches on 6x and that have gotten the fish safely back into the water, so it definitely can be done. You just need a good reel with a smooth drag, such as the Orvis and patience. Patience can be learned at the poker table.

So back to my story: I set the hook on this monster trout and knew that it was definitely the fish of the trip, if not the fish of a lifetime. And I am out on the river for that big fish. I am out there for my fish story.

San Juan River fishing

San Juan River fishing

About 15 to 20 minutes into the fight some other anglers on the river started yelling at me to bring the fish in. As more time went by, my body started to ache but I demanded of myself not to give in and do something dumb that would cause me to lose this fish. I just focused on keeping my sage z axis tip high in the air and tiring the fish out. Not only was I having to fight cramps and fatigue, but I also found myself having to fight off other fishermen who were viciously yelling at me, “Bring it in now or you’ll kill it!”

This was extremely annoying to say the least. I was trying to fight my fish and all these annoying fishermen were harassing me causing me to lose my focus.

The sad fact is that even if you are “catch and release” fishermen, the occasional fish you catch will unfortunately parish. I read a stat that about one in ten fish you catch will die due to exhaustion or too deep of a hook set. True, you can cut down on the number of fish that die by using barbless hooks and fighting your fish quickly, however, some will die regardless. Fishing is a sport, and unfortunately there are occasionally some unintended casualties.

So if you are really that in love with fish you should take the hook off the end of your line and get out of the river. If you care that much about fish you should not be fishing, period. And you certainly should not harass other anglers who are just trying to enjoy their time out on the river.

In case you are wondering what happened the fish broke off. She wrapped herself around some debris in the water and the line snapped. I was devastated but I knew I fought my best. I didn’t rush her in at the urging or other fishermen which surely would have caused the tippet to snap. I knew I fought my best and the fish’s best just happened to be better than mine that day.

It happens.

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