As an experienced fishing person, you know the importance of investing in an inshore saltwater spinning reel. But as a beginner, it can get a little confusing. So, to understand the in-depth characteristics of float fishing spinning reel, you need to know the basics first.

In this article, we are going to discuss the basic techniques of float fishing. Also, the article will provide you with some tips to choose the most suitable spinning reel for this purpose. Read till the end to know more.

Float Fishing: Technique

Fishing with a float is the modality with which most fishermen usually start in this world. At the same time, it is one of the most practiced forms of fishing on the coasts. It is a type of fishing that carries a strong incentive of emotion. However, with a float, we will not be able to obtain specimens of spectacular size.

Fishing with a float supposes a constant state of alert for those who practice it. It needs the fisherman to stay in tension, focused on observing the floating witness. This float will be the one that indicates possible bites.

In order to obtain results, the habits of the fish must be known. Then also, you need to understand the different movements that occur in the water body. So you will not confuse them with what could be bitten.

Float Fishing Spinning Reel

The reel plays a fundamental role in the entire float fishing equipment: it has to be reliable, robust, and capacious, and you cannot choose them randomly. You can’t choose one without taking into account the environment and the fish to be caught.

It is also essential to match the reel to your fishing rod:

  • According to the fishing technique used, 
  • Considering the  recovery ratio, 
  • The capacity and the weight of the reel. 

If the reel seems too heavy, perhaps that is because we have chosen one of a larger size than necessary. It will make float fishing unnerving, and muscle pains will be felt soon, especially when you have to do it for longer times.

But other parameters affect the quality level of a reel, such as:

  • The material with which it is built: The material is a determining factor of the reel's strength and lightness. The power of the reel, also called “max drag” is the force that its friction is able to oppose to the strength of the fish.
  • The number of bearings: this determines the fluidity of the reel itself and its power.

Riding the Reel

To line the reels with the fishing line, we present a simple and easy-to-use method, in particular thanks to an “Arbor” type knot.

This sliding and self-tightening knot is actually made up of two half-knots in a row. It allows the second to prevent the first from slipping off the spool. The realization of this “Arbor” knot will give your fishing line one last chance to win the fight against the fish. The success of your fishing trips can be played on this point!

Fill the spool of your nylon reel in just five steps:

  1. Start by making a knot at the end of your nylon thread and cut off the excess thread,
  2. Pass the line around the reel spool,
  3. Tie, again, a simple knot,
  4. Pull the fishing line so as to block the first knot made.
  5. Now wind the nylon thread on your spool while maintaining some tension.

If you prefer to fish with braided wire, we recommend the backing method. The backing consists of two types of wire:

  • The nylon that comes at the start of the spool secured with an Arbor knot,
  • The braid, attached to the nylon through an Albright knot or other (remember to remove the excess thread).

However, the backing technique is widely used by fly fishermen and not very often seen in float fishing.

Final Verdict

As you can see, the importance of float fishing spinning reel is unmatchable; you should be careful while choosing. You do not want to waste money on something that is not suitable for your fishing type.

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