Casting with the spinning reel is the easiest but still, if you don’t know how to cast a spinning reel then this guide will surely help you!

From holding the rod in the right manner, and placing the fingers in the right way, such little details matter a lot in casting, these matters much in baitcasting, however, that is the professional’s game.

In this very guide, I have stated everything you need to get right from hand position to waiting for the fish to bite. If you are a complete beginner then this guide is going to help you a lot.

Hold the rod in the right way

You should hold the rod in the way in which your arms set out perpendicular to the rod. Your fingers should wrap the rod handle to the point where the reel is attached to the rod.

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With the pinky and ring finger wrap under the junction. Your thumb would be placed on the top. Keep changing the finger positions slightly till you get the right grip. Hold it in a way so that the spinning reel is facing downward.

Having the right grip is mandatory when it comes down to casting. Keep in mind, you will not have to squeeze the rod hard, keep a loose grip that will give you the flexibility and accuracy you need while casting.

Pull the line with finger

When you have held the spinning rod right, now move the index finger which should be under the rod. Point it away from the reel to get a hold of the line. Hook the fishing line around your index finger knuckle, the line should be resting on the top pads of your finger.

And now pull the line and push it against the rod, maintain a decent pressure on the line against the rod so that the line will not come out from the line.

Keep 6 – 12 inch line hanging

Hold the rod and clockwise crank the reel so that the line will go out of the reel. When you are cranking loosen your index finger on the line against the rod so that it can freely go out. And then you would want to keep a 6 to 12-inch line hanging from the rod tip. 

What this will do is, it will provide great support to cast accurately and efficiently.

Pick a spot where you will be casting

Identify a spot where exactly you want to land your lure. Before you hit the water it would be best to try that on the ground. Pick a ground free from brushes, etc. Circle a small area and from a distance try to land the hook there.

You will need a bunch of tries to be able to accurately land the hook on the circle, give a couple of tries you will get a good hang. And then hit the water.

Flip the bail on

You will see a thin strip of metal on the reel, in front of the spool, that is called bail. It actually locks the spool from releasing line so for casting you will be needing to unlock it. Unlocking the spool requires only to flip the bail and that is all.

After flipping the bait pull line a little to see if the spool is unlocked or not. You would never want to cast without flipping the bail, that will snap the line.

Pull the rod behind you

Hold the rod with your dominant hand and slowly lift that and pull it back behind through over your shoulder. When you do that make sure there isn’t anyone close behind you and nor any tree, branches, bushes, etc. otherwise the hook will get stuck there.

Use your other hand to hold the bottom handle of the rod, if you are struggling to hold with a single hand.

Throw the lure through the rod

Now throw the lure with the rod. The faster you throw, the better casting distance you will be achieving. And when you throw the lure you will have to remove the index finger from the line so that the line can get released soon.

Grip the line again

Once the lure hits the desired spot, you don’t want that to float away so like before with your index finger press the line with the rod again. This is temporary, once you close the bail no line will get released. And in case you have cast far from the casting spot then you will have to reel in the lines.

Wait for the bite

When everything is done means the lure is on the right spot, then close the bail and hold the rod firmly and wait for the fish to bite. I hope you pick a sensitive rod so that you will able to detect even the slightest bite easily.