Gear for spin fishing
The gear needed for spin fishing is relatively simple, and only requires a few things:
When it comes to selecting your rod and lures, do some research before you make any choices. The type of rod and lures you use will depend on the species of fish you want to catch.
There are many different kinds of rods out there, and each one is best suited for a certain type of fishing. Some rods are best suited for small fish and smaller lures, while others are best for big fish and large, heavy lures. Certain types of rods are meant for freshwater fishing, and others are meant for saltwater fishing.
The same principle applies to lures. Using a medium-sized “spoon” may be best for catching a trout, while using a plastic “swimbait” is better suited for catching a bass.
When you pick out your lures and gear, be aware of any park regulations that prohibit the use of lead lures, weights, or fishing line containing lead. Some park regulations also prohibit the use of barbed hooks or treble hooks. Live bait is prohibited in many parks, be sure to check park regulations and never release unused live bait into the water.
How to spin fish
Spin fishing is one of the easiest types of fishing. Whether or not you’ve been spin fishing before, it’s easy to learn how.
To spin fish, attach your lure to the end of your line. Once your lure is attached, you’re ready to cast. After you cast your lure, start reeling it in. The speed and tempo at which you retrieve your lure will depend on what kind it is and the species of fish you want to catch. Some fish species may like a slower lure while others may like to chase a fast lure.
The speed of your retrieve also affects the “action” of the lure. The action is often what triggers a fish to bite your lure—it’s what makes your lure look like a tasty meal to the fish.
Keep underwater structures like rocks and trees in mind when reeling in your lure - avoiding a snag depends on how fast you retrieve your lure. The faster you reel in your lure, the shallower it’ll swim. The slower you reel it in, the deeper it’ll be.
Where to spin fish
You can spin fish from almost anywhere you can stand or sit. Easy-access locations such as docks, piers, and platforms offer an open space for you to fish and relax. Fishing from a bank or the shoreline is a great way to be closer to the water and feel more connected with nature. Another option is to fish from a boat or other personal watercraft like a canoe or kayak.
Some fish are easier to catch from a boat in the middle of a lake, while others are easier to catch from a dock or from shore. Doing some research on what kind of fish you want to catch will help you choose the right spot.
If you are standing near the water or fishing from a boat, be mindful of water safety. Always follow any regulations regarding the use of personal flotation devices (PFDs), and keep an eye on small children near the water.
Be aware of any park regulations that prohibit fishing in certain areas, which can sometimes include docks, boat ramps, or piers.