There’s a couple of different fishing reels that you may use when you’re out with us. And so I wanted to give you a quick overview of what those are and how to fish them and what it should look like when you do that.
So the first type that you may see is a bait caster. You go into a Bass Pro, a Cabella’s, a Walmart, an Academy, you’re going to see a bait caster. Basically, the thing with this reel is it can have a handle on the left side or the right side, and you’re going to cast your bait out and it’s going to come off of this spool. But that spool is going to keep turning and so you have to make adjustments. This is a more technical reel, so it takes a little practice to be able to throw this reel straight away and you kind of have to stop the line with your thumb for most of the reels that you’re going to move. And so to throw this reel, you push down on the lever, you hold that spool, you lean back and you’re going to throw it out. And then as it gets close to the water, you’re going to press down with your thumb again. That’s going to stop it. And then you just reel it in, in a steady retrieve like so.
Now the other type that you’re going to run into is going to be a spinning reel. Now, if you don’t want to end up on a blooper reel somewhere, there’s a correct way to hold a spinning reel. Now a spinning reel is what I started my kids off with, and it looks like this. So you’ll see it looks quite a bit different. The spool, instead of being left to right is top to bottom. And so the line will come off of here. One thing that you don’t have to worry about with this one is stopping the line because it won’t overrun on you. So what we do with this is … let me straighten out our hook here … is to cast this one you have to hold the line again. And so you should always remember with a spinning reel, the rod should be on top and the reel should be below. And you can change these handles that can be on the left side or the right side, depending on how you like it.
So we’re going to take this. This right here is called a bail. And what that does is if we turn it like this, it allows all the lines that come off the spool that we need for the cast. We flip it back like that, it spools the line back onto the spool for us. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our index finger and we’re going to hold that line, right like that. And we’re going to flip the bail. By holding it with our finger, that keeps the line from running off the spool. Then we’re going to lean back for the cast and as we move forward, we’re going to move our finger out of the way. So it’s going to go like that. And that allows us to cast that. Then you flip the bail back over, and then you start to reel in. And you’re just going to work the bait like that and you’ll see how the reel is working.
So those are the two different types of reels that you’ll probably use with us here at Heroes on the Water. If you have questions, we have fishing guides at all of our events. Please pair up with somebody. We can give you some casting lessons. If you want to learn how to throw a bait caster and you’ve only used spinning reels, we can help you with that. If you’ve never used any of this equipment, we can help you learn how to use that, too. Please let us know.