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Unfortunately, the effect is sudden, and because the lure or bait will jerk to a stop in midair, it will plop down into water in a most ungentle manner, possibly spooking any fish in the vicinity. On the other hand, better to waste one cast than wind up casting your lure into the top of a tree. Once you become familiar with the basic spincasting motion, you'll find that it's possible to slow the line outflow somewhat with the fingers and palm of your rod-holding hand, allowing you to at least get the lure close to your target instead of missing it completely.

When using a spincaster, you must always reel in when the line is under tension, or else the line won't wrap properly around the spool under the cone, and you'll wind up with a bird's nest of line underneath it. If you have a lot of slack line after a cast, use the fingers of your rod-holding hand to gently squeeze the line as you reel. And never reel in against the drag, as doing so will twist the line, creating more tangles later.

The Basics of Spinning

Casting with a spinning rod and reel is a bit more challenging than with a spincasting rig, but you can learn the rudimentary aspects of the skill in one afternoon. The basic spinning cast is as follows:

School Notes

It's a good idea to practice casting Lit a yard, tit:Id, or park. Avoid casting on pavement or hardtop as your line may abrade with icpciited casts.

  1. Hold the rod with the reel on the bottom. Place the reel foot between your second and third fingers. If this is not comfortable, place it between your index finger and second finger, or between your third and fourth fingers.
  2. Turn the reel handle clockwise until there's about 6 inches of line between the rod tip and the lure. Reel in a bit less or a bit more so that the line pick-up mechanism on the bailwhere the line bends beneath a little rolleris at the top of the reel.
  3. Extend your index finger and hold the line coming off the reel in or just above the crook of that finger's first joint.
  4. With your other hand, flip the bail back into the open position until it locks into place.
  5. Point the rod tip at the target and swing the rod up and back behind you, to a point just past vertical. Cock your wrist to create the angle; your arm should not be behind your shoulder. Without pausing, swing the rod swiftly to the front. You should see or feel the rod bend a bit at this point (see the following figure).

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