Spinning reels are the most popular fishing reels for beginners and other fishing enthusiasts. Here is what you need to know about setting up a fishing reel for the most adventurous fishing experience.
Gather Your Fishing Equipment:
a) The Spinning Reel – You need to find one that suits your fishing needs.
b) Spinning Rod – Choose a spinning rod that works perfectly with the reel for the best fishing adventure.
c) Fishing Line – You need to choose a fishing line that fits perfectly with the type of fish you are hoping to catch.
d) Hook/Bait – It’s also dependent on the type of fish you are looking to catch. Bringing multiple baits for the best results is prudent.
Also, you need to know and understand the different parts of each equipment so you can utilize them fully. Here are a few basic parts of the fishing reel that you need to know.
a) Spool – It’s used for winding the fishing line.
b) Handle – When you turn it, the line goes back into the reel.
c) Bail – It is an arm made out of metal that stops the line from getting out of the spool. If the bail is closed, very little or no line will come out. However, when it’s open, the line will come out of the spool freely.
d) Reel Foot – It connects the rod to the reel firmly.
e) Drag Knob – It allows you to set the speed of the line coming out of the spool when the bail is closed. If it’s tightened, the line will not come out of the spool, if the bail is closed. When it’s loosened a bit, the line will come out of the spool when you apply very little force.
f) Line Roller – It is used to guide the line from the spool to the rod.
The fishing rod is made of the following parts.
a) The Rod Tip – It is the thinnest part of the rod that helps you feel when the fish bites the bait. It is easy to break so be careful when holding it.
b) Guides – These are the circles where the fishing line passes through to keep the line close to the rod as possible.
c) Reel Seat – It is the reel foot used to connect and secure the reel firmly on the rod.
d) Handle – Usually made up of a softer material than that used on the rod, it is what you use to wind in the fish.
Connecting The Reel To The Rod:
Start by making the reel seat loose to make sure it is big enough for the reel foot to go through. Next, you should place the reel foot on the reel seat then tighten. Make sure there is no wobbling to guarantee the best fishing adventure.
Spooling The Reel:
Spooling is the act of putting the line on the reel. It’s one of the vital steps to setting up your fishing reel. Open the bail and place the line around the reel before tying a standard knot with the end. Hold the line at least a foot away from the reel then turn it until you have the desired amount of line.
String The Rod:
Grab the tip and open the bail arm. Next, place the line through each of the rod guides without letting the line go because it will fall through.
Tie The Knot:
Here, you need to tie the knot on the bait. Don’t make it too lose because the fish can let go after attaching. Make sure it’s strong enough for a good catch.
Set The Drag Knob:
Turn the drag knob in both directions to tighten or loosen it accordingly. You can pull the line from the reel to check how much drag has been affected. You can repeat the procedure until you reach the desired amount.
Cast The Bait:
Allow some of the line to hang from the tip of the rod when holding the rod a few inches above the base start reeling in but open the bail before leaning the rod backward from your target. Swing it towards the target and release your hand. If you feel something tugging at the other end, you have caught a fish so you can start reeling it in.