How to Cast Spincasting Tackle

Spincasting reels were introduced independently by two fishing tackle companies in 1949. They are popular with many first-time fishermen, as well as more experienced anglers, for their ease in casting light to moderately heavy baits and lures without the line twisting and backlash problems found with other types of fishing reels. Here's how to cast with spincasting tackle.


  1. 1
    Reel in the line until your bait or lure is 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) from the rod tip. If you have a sinker or bobber attached to the line, it should be 6 to 12 inches from the rod tip instead.
  2. 2
    Grip the rod behind the reel, with your thumb resting over the button at the back of the reel. A spincasting rod is designed with a recessed seat and curved projection for you to wrap your index finger around.
    • Most fishermen cast spincasting gear with the same hand they reel the line in with. If you hold the rod grip behind the reel when you reel in, you'll need to change hands when you cast.
  3. 3
    Face the area of the water you plan to cast to. You may want to angle your body slightly, with the side of your body opposite the hand in which you hold your rod more toward the target area.
  4. 4
    Turn the rod so that the reel handle is pointing up. Turning the rod lets you flick your wrist when you cast, so you can cast more naturally and powerfully. Casting with the reel held upright makes you cast more stiffly and robs you of power. If you cast with your opposite hand, the reel handles should point down instead of up.
  5. 5
    Press and firmly hold the button. The line may drop slightly, but it will stay in place. If the line drops too far, you didn't hold the button firmly enough. Reel the line up and try again.
  6. 6
    Bend your casting arm. As you do, raise your rod until its tip goes slightly past vertical.
  7. 7
    Sweep the rod forward until it reaches eye level. This is about 30 degrees above horizontal, or the "10 o'clock" position.
  8. 8
    Release the button. Your bait or lure should be propelled forward toward the target area. If it hits the water in front of you, you released the button too late. If it flies upward, you release the button too soon.
  9. 9
    Press the button again when your bait or lure reaches the target area. This will brake the flight of your bait, "feathering" it down to land where you want it to.


  • Practice your casting techniques away from the water as well as on it. Away from the water, replace your bait or lure with a rubber practice plug or metal sinker. Practice in an open area, away from overhead trees.
  • If you carry several weights of fishing tackle with you, you can use spincasting tackle to cast baits and lures weighing a quarter ounce or less and baitcasting tackle for anything heavier.


  • When fishing, wear protective clothing to keep hooks from embedding themselves in your skin as the result of a bad cast or other accident.

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