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3 Points on When to use Spin-Cast Reels

Now-a-days, we tend to talk about spinning reels and bait casting reels – however, in our younger days, we most likely grew up on using spin-cast reels but now rarely talk about them nor use them. Here are 3 tips on using spin cast reels, as there are times where we should still be using them!

1) When to use a spin-cast reel

The best time to use a spin-cast reel is when you are fishing from shore.

Spin cast reels come with a protective cap, which protects the spool. As such, for the shore angler who fishes with bait, this becomes a great advantage. While waiting for a bite, it allows you to put your rod & reel down on the ground without running the risk of damaging the reel or the spool.

Spin-cast reels help protect against damage from rocks as well as sand. On a spinning reel for example, sand get into your reel very easily & cause damage – with the protective cap on a spin-cast reel, it helps protect against this.

2) Key feature to look for in a spin cast reel


There are some really “cheap” spin cast reels, but there are also some very good spin-cast reels as well. One of the key things to look for is on the spool. Unscrew the protective cap & take a look at the spool & observe how it is picking up your line.

Some spools come with an irregular shaped bottom to them, sort of like a wave pattern to them. These are the spools to avoid. On the better reels, the spool will have a small, ceramic “pick up pin” which pops in & out when you cast & retrieve. These are by far the better reels.

Of course, be sure to check the drag system & look for one that has fine adjustments to the drag and that it releases line “smoothly” when the drag is working.

3) One last point

Anytime you buy a spin-cast reel, you will want to replace the fishing line that comes with it. Even the best of spin-cast reels seem to always come with sub-standard fishing line.

Of course when you re-spool, be sure to not over fill it – as a general rule, you will want to fill your spool and stop about 1/8 of an inch from the top.

Next time you’re out fishing from shore, be sure to give a spin-cast reel a try!

Until next time, good fishing,

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