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Open Face Spinning Reel Operation and Design


Reviewing the Open Face Spinning Reel Operation Design will help you understand why you may be having problems with your reel or if you're just starting out, the information will help you avoid hours of headache.

While to some, it is a difficult reel to master; you can enjoy using this casting equipment option with plenty of practice and by following the tips I've outlined below to get you out there having fun bass hog fishing.

This reel pictured below mounts under the fishing rod and the rod's eyes should be larger than what you have on your casting rod.

Number One(1) is called the bail and must be opened by either your hand or they do have a quick fire that has a trigger. Either way I want to point out something about the bail. It has a roller bearing in it and after you cast, I recommend making it a standard practice to "Remember To Close It By Hand".

The reason behind this: Try reeling it in once. As you start to reel, you will fill something stop it and then you will see the bail shut close. If you continue to do this, it will wear the roller bearing out and later on your bail will not close. I bet there are some of you that are seeing this in the reels that you own right now, if so send them in to the repair shop and they will replace the roller bearing. If you will start off closing it yourself, you will see the reel will last for ever.


open face spinning reel operation and designNumber Two(2) is the drag and like I recommended in other articles you want to tighten it to the point of helping to wear the fish out but not to the point of breaking your line. Play with it by pulling the line out by hand and you will find the sweet spot.


Number Three(3) is the spool. I know a lot of fishing folks that will fill the spool up until it is falling off the spool. A rule of thumb is "Do not fill the spool up to the lip", leave about a thumb nail down. In other words you should be able to hook your thumb nail on the lip without hitting your line.

If you already have line on it and every time you open the bail the line seems to jump off then there is too much line on it, take some off.

Here I will mention when you cast out and the line comes off like in circles; it might be time to change it or it was put on upside down. To correct this, either hook your line on something and take all the line off then go down to where you hooked it up and put that end on first.

A lot of folks like to fill it up...but come on, we all wish we could cast that far. I would say 40% of the line never even touches the water. That is why you see a lot of fishing folks turn the line around and fish the part that has not seen water.

Number Four(4) is a switch that you can move right or left that will allow you to reel the reel in front wards or backwards. I recommend leave it in the position that will only allow you to reel it one way. That way, you will not come up with a head ache out on the water.

Follow these tips on your new spinning reel and it will reward you.


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Steve McGoldrick

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