Spin casting is probably what most people picture when they think of “fishing.” In Spin casting, an angler uses a fishing rod to throw a lure out over the water, then reels the lure back in. Most types of fish can be caught by spin casting, and it is a very versatile type of fishing that allows anglers to fish from a boat or from the shore, whether in saltwater or freshwater. There are a variety of different spin casting techniques, depending on the species and the water conditions, and spin casting is distinguished from other types of casting by the rod and the reel used. Historically, spin casting is more closely associated with saltwater fishing.
Spin Casting Terminal Gear


Spin casting hooks are usually attached to artificial lures, although natural bait is sometimes used. Weighted spoons are popular, which spin in the water as they are reeled back to the angler, creating a flashing pattern underwater that attracts fish. Swivels are usually used to prevent the line from spinning and twisting.

Spin Casting Line


Most spin casting involves monofilament line, with the thickness of the line varying depending on species and location. Fluorocarbon line, which is almost invisible underwater, is sometimes chosen for fishing in clear waters. Braided line, which is stronger and resists breaking, is often used for bottom fishing where rocks are likely to be encountered by the line, but the thickness of the line is visible to fish in clear waters.

Spin Casting Rod


Spin casting rods are usually equally flexible along the entire length of the rod, to make casting easier and more responsive, especially when using light lines and lures.

Spin Casting Reel


Spinning reels are designed to allow for easy casting. The line comes out in coils, perpendicular to how it’s wound around the spool, and the spool itself does not need to revolve to let out the line. When the angler reels the line back in, a mechanism called the “bail” winds the line back around the spool again – the bail literally “spins” the line back on the spool. In “open” spool spinning reels, this is very easy to see, but “closed” reels are covered. Closed reels are usually more popular with beginning anglers. Spinning reels are mounted below the fishing rod.



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