How to prevent line twist when using a spinning reel

Spinning Reel Basics

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;

Quantum Fishing Reels and Tuna Fight

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.

Big Barra Video Series

To get the best out of your reel, we recommend a quick service to ensure a smooth drag which we demonstrate here;

DIY Drag Washer Service

Remember prevention is better than cure!


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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Obel Mac

    Reply Reply October 3, 2020

    Wow!!! just a great article I have ever seen.
    Ryan, Thanks for sharing your awesome article

    • Ryan Moody

      Reply Reply October 5, 2020

      Hi Obel cheers mate glad you enjoyed our content

  • Richard Fransic

    Reply Reply August 15, 2020

    Thank you so much Ryan Moody.

    I have been looking for such guide. I’ll surely try

    • Ryan Moody

      Reply Reply August 16, 2020

      Cheers mate appreciate your kind words.
      All the besy

  • Chris Koch

    Reply Reply March 14, 2016

    Thanks for the tip very good.
    Ryan what is your opinion on the current bag limits on mud crabs (10 per person).
    I believe it should be reduced to three per person an a maximum of ten per boat.
    Also it would be good to see some creek and river closures to all types of fishing and crabbing for everyone and rotate them to help improve things for the future.
    Just a thought

    • Ryan Moody

      Reply Reply October 18, 2017

      Hi Chris, sorry for the late reply. I’m probably not the best person to ask as I’m not a crabber and haven’t crabbed for maybe 20 years.

  • Jason

    Reply Reply March 10, 2016

    Cheers mate you just solved an old mystery for me. I have also had two or three lines coming off my spool at the same time which is a bugger in the dark. Your info is much appreciated. I live in Tin Can Bay there isn’t as many barra down here but they do exist, not that i have had the pleasure of landing one.

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