Spinning reels are a great way to catch fish, however they do twist up your line if used incorrectly.
And while most people assume they know what they’re doing…
I see A LOT of people on my charters, inadvertently spinning up the line when using a spinning reel, to fight and catch big fish.
Big fish can take a lot of line and the fight can be long and hard, twisting up the line, particularly mono, over time.
This issue can cause lots of problems if left unchecked and the line left twisted.
a) You can get a big birds nest in the reel if there are a few loose coils underneath or
b) If you drop the rod tip too quickly and get a bit of slack line, the line can loop over the rod tip and BINGO – you’ve lost your fish of a lifetime.
As always, prevention is better than cure.
So… take a look at our short video to ensure you’re not twisting your line when fighting a fish using a spinning reel.
We also address the best way to rectify the problem once the line is already twisted.
As explained in the video, the issue is less prevalent when using braid, however it can still happen!
We lost a big tuna after a two hour fight last year for this very reason which is documented in a previous blog post if you’d care to take a look;
Spinning reels are a great tool to use for so many applications.
I prefer to use them than overheads and have caught many a big fish on them.
To get the best out of your reel, we recommend a quick service to ensure a smooth drag which we demonstrate here;
Remember prevention is better than cure!
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