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Insider’s Guide To Spin Rod Buying

A spin rod is one of the most common types of fishing rods used by many anglers. Because the type of fishing rod you should use depends on fishing style, water conditions, and the fish you are targeting, we're going to give you a quick rundown of everything you need to know about spinning rods:

What Is A Spinning Rod?

Spinning rods are generally made from graphite or fibreglass. This type of rod usually has 5–8 guides arranged along the underside of the rod to help control the line. Spinning rods and reels make for a comfortable way to fish for extended periods. Spinning rods and reels are versatile and can handle virtually any fishing task, whether it’s light bait fishing in estuaries or casting large poppers offshore. DAIWA has a range of fishing rods to suit any fishing situation you’re in.

When To Use A Spinning Rod?

Spinning rods and reels are widely used in catching popular game fish like Bass, Bream, Kingfish, Giant Trevally or Flathead. They can also be used for trolling and fishing with live bait. 

What Is The Difference Between Spinning Rods And Baitcasting Rods?

Spinning rods and reels are simple and easy to use. They are great especially for beginner angler or even kids. This type of rods is longer and places less friction on the peeling line. Spin reels have higher line capacities than baitcasters. They can be cast out farther making them suited for long battles with hard fighting fish.

On the other hand, baitcasting rods and reels are known for their speed and accuracy. They are ideal to use if you expect intense battles in catching fish. This is because the short and stout design of baitcasters provides plenty of backbone to drag the hard fighting fish out. Here’s how to choose the right rod and reel combo for you.

How To Setup A Spinning Rod And Reel

What You’ll Need:

Spinning rod

Spinning reel

Fishing line

Fishing lure


Step by step guide:

  1. Loosen the reel seat (located on the rod) and make it big enough so the reel foot can fit. Place the reel foot into the reel seat. Tighten the reel seat.
  2. Start spooling the reel. Open the bail then place the line around the reel. Tie an overhand knot.
  3. Tie another knot with the pieces of the line. Trim the tag piece of line around 1/4" away from the reel then close the bail. 
  4. Wind the reel until the desired amount of fishing line is on the reel.
  5. Once done, string the rod by placing the line through each of the rod guides.
  6. To attach the hook, lace the line through the eye of the hook, creating one "piece" of line on each side of the hook.
  7. As you hold each piece in two different hands, cross one piece over to the other.
  8. Place the dangling piece of line through the loop then pull the ends of the line to tighten the knot.
  9. Set the drag knob to your desired amount.
  10. Cast your bait and you’re ready to go! 

For more tips on how to become a better angler, visit DAIWA Learn To Fish today!

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