Video: How to Cast a Spinning Rod and Reel

Many anglers have poor technique when it comes to casting a spinning rod and reel. Here’s a proven method that’s simple to master and results in long casts and zero line tangles.

Video: How to Cast a Spinning Rod and Reel

Chuck Pippin is a fishing guide with a home base in Orlando, Florida. (Click here for info on his guide trips.) He’s been bass fishing for a living for more than 20 years, and during that time he’s hosted at least 5,200 guide trips. With many clients vacationing in central Florida who aren’t avid anglers (think Disney World), Pippin has seen every wrong way to hold and cast a spinning rod and reel. In the video below, he shows you the most efficient method.

Note: Pippin understands the method he demonstrates isn’t the only way to cast a spinning rod and reel. That said, it is the foundation upon which all other modifications can be built. This video is meant for beginners, but will also help intermediate anglers who never had an opportunity to receive proper instruction. 

Why should beginning anglers choose a spinning rod and reel over a baitcasting combo? Because a spinning reel is easier to use; a baitcasting reel is prone to a backlash if not used properly.

In the YouTube video, Pippin explains the four steps needed to make an efficient cast: 

  1. How to hold a spinning rod
  2. How to position your casting hand
  3. How to prevent mishaps when casting
  4. How to control your cast

Pay particular attention to Pippin’s final tip — it’s critical for avoiding slack line between the reel spool and the bottom rod guide after making a cast. As soon as the lure hits the water, stop excess line from falling off the spool by placing the tip of your index finger on the spool’s rim (right index finger if casting with your right hand). Then manually close the reel’s bail with your left hand (don’t turn the handle). 

Fun fact: In January 2015, Chuck Pippin co-starred with the Minn Kota Ulterra trolling motor in an iconic fishing commercial. On YouTube, this 1-minute ad has been viewed nearly 2.5 million times. Click here to check it out. It’s one of the best outdoor-themed ads of all time.


Comments on this site are submitted by users and are not endorsed by nor do they reflect the views or opinions of COLE Publishing, Inc. Comments are moderated before being posted.