This article we will talk about the absolute basics of spinning reel. I’m going to start with a micro spinning reel, it’s very small, this would be probably the smallest you would find in most stores. This is a $500 reel, then the next step up would be a thousand and then usually they’ll go up in thousands, after that like a two thousand or three thousand.\
There’s a few other brands like Abu Garcia that use tens so it would be a 20 mm size reel, we use this very small reel mostly for fishing very small light baits like this to catch pan fish like sunfish, crappie, sometimes we’ll catch bass as well and if you’ve got your drag which drag is how easily this line pulls off, if that drag is set properly which on this reel is set, you turn it to tighten it to loosen. If you have that set properly you can get a very large fish in even on this very small reel with with very light lines.
Using this lighter equipment not only makes that fun but very often again, actually using these baits, it’s easier to cast to have the bait move in a natural way and if you used a very thick, heavy line, you couldn’t get that kind of action.
It’s a great starter reel for kids because they may not like larger equipment. I think kids tend to have a lot more fun when it’s something small that fits comfortably in their hand, so as far as the spinning reel parts of course this is the handle and that time, what you’ll see often on this reel is a number and I don’t know if you can see this one well but it says 5.2 : 1 and what that things is you’ll hear that called a gear ratio and what that means is each time you turn this handle, this piece which is called a bale and is what puts the line on the reel, this bale will turn 5.2 times. So it’s going to wrap the line 5.2 times each time you turn this handle.
Something that will occur to you very quickly as you begin to fish a spinning reel is one management. So some of the problems that people have with fishing with spinning reels is the line coiling off. I’m going to address that one first, you’ll hear the term memory uses very often and what people mean by line memory is if you take a twist time for instance from a bag of bread from the grocery store and you coil it around your finger, if you slide it off it’s going to retain that shape. So a twist tie has a very high memory. Imagine you take something like the cable for cable television it doesn’t have as high memory but if you coil it around something relatively tight and you slide that off it’s going to maintain some of that shape. So fishing line like almost any other cable has some degree of memory, monofilament in my opinion has the lowest memory except braid which again in my opinion is an expensive start and probably going to lead to an unpleasant beginning fishing experience, so I’m leaning towards monofilament.
If I try to put pound test line on this reel, the diameter of that line on the tight cylinder is going to try to coil off. So as soon as I flip this veil over and release the tension on this Bale that holds the line to the spool, as soon as I release this bale that line is going to want to coil off, so I’ve actually come to feel the longer fish even these micro light reels, if I’m going to use a small rod, maybe four and a half foot rod, this is a 5 foot both microlight, both 500 reels, you’ll see this spool is is a considerably larger, the diameter and we’ve had a lot fewer problems with the 5 foot reel because the diameter of the spool is larger. This reel I would not buy again because you would get the best performance out of this reel with two pound line and there’s not many situations where we fish took on line because we do frequently get a bass or a catfish on occasion that would be very very difficult to get in on to time line., so we don’t want to go that. This is fishable with four pound line but again what I want to share with you is as a beginner missing some of that frustration and what I would say is as a beginner.
I’ll we go with a spool that’s a little bit taller if you can find it and it is bigger around. This is also as I mentioned this is a 500 reel but I would comfortably if you can find one go with a thousand size reel as long as it’s wide enough that it doesn’t make the rod and reel fill out of balance.
You see that sits perfectly, I’m balancing it on my finger so this reel fits very well with this rod and it’s comfortable. But it would be nice if you could go a size larger.
What I use are actually both my life straws and reels, I have four pound line and I do a lot of vertical jigging at Lake Norman. When we fish the clearer water, a vertical jig which is basically sit right on top of the fish in the boat, the fish are below you and you just drop the bait and fish completely vertically . This is a #2,500 reel with a 7-foot rod but the key here is that this is a light action 7-foot rod and because of the light action rod I get the advantage of being able to play that fish use light bait, but I also get a lot of line on the spool. I get very few lumps management problems and I can throw my baits a long way which is a disadvantage of the shorter rods.
When I’m fishing close quarters and I’m trying to get under tree limbs and I’m trying to work around docks and catch bluegill in areas where they might be sitting in the shade. I’m very happy I have these four and a half and five foot rods because it’s easy for me to get the bait into those tight spots. But when I’m in open water and I don’t have to work around anything, I can just heave baits out or I can drop them straight down, the more I fish with it the happier I am with having an oversized reel with what people might consider underside of line, because it’s almost completely trouble for it.
So very quickly just some of the other features that you may want to know as a beginner. Rods and reels are almost always separate able and you can buy them individually, so you can buy the features that you want usually they detach from the rod by turning off this rod seat and you can take the rod off for the reel off the rod
Another feature, that’s common on most spinning reels is it doesn’t matter if your left or right handed because there’s a screw which can be taken out and you can move the handle to the other side and move the screw as well.
Another feature that a lot of spinning reels have and this is one that a lot of people don’t realize is set improperly but the way they don’t want it out of the box is the anti reverse, what that means is when I’m reeling and I try to reel the wrong way, it stops. There’s a switch on the particular reel where we can undo that. Or a beginner be aware that if your reel is is rip is winding backwards and you don’t want it to look for that switch and that’s going to save you a lot of trouble.
The last thing I’ll say is a lot of reels won’t come with line on them , if you’re starting out, start with Ann Arbor not to put your line on the reel, one of the reasons to use that is it makes a very small knot. You’re not going to fish to the end or to the bottom of the stool, you want to change your line out before you get that far down. It’s very easy to time and it’s a good quick way to get started, and again my issue is when you use a very small reel like the $500, having a not that large can make the line catch even several layers up, meaning if that bump that gets made as the line goes on to the reel if it catches under the tag of that larger not the lines not going to come up smoothly. So to me having a very small knot that is buried in there, that doesn’t affect the rest of your line even one or two layers up is important to me.
Before you tie your line on, clip the bail over so that it’s open. and here’s a good example if you can see that this is a good example of memory, by the way this has been out in the garage where it’s a little colder, so it’s holding the memory a little bit more, right now when it warms up that’s going to let loose some, but tie your knot onto the spool with the bail over because when you go to reel your line on and you flip it over, then it’s ready.
I can’t tell you the number of times particularly when I was younger and I was a gung-ho to get the fishing line on and get on water. I can’t tell you how many times I didn’t read the line under the bail or I didn’t flip the bail and I tried it straight through the school went to real and the lines not going on there. You can visit Cotrout.org for learning more about fishing.