Fishing – Anatomy of a Spinning Reel

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Captain Steve Chaconas with National Bass Guide Service discusses the anatomy of a spinning reel.

    Steve Chaconas

    Captain Steve brings 25 years of bass fishing experience on the Potomac River to columns featured in the BoatUS Trailering Magazine, Sportsman's Magazine, Woods & Waters, and The Old Town Crier. He has also written for the Free Lance Star newspaper, The Mount Vernon Gazette, The Mount Vernon Voice, The American Sportfishing Association and many others. Steve also hosted the National Bass Fishing Radio Show. Capt. Steve is also the online fishing expert. A U.S. Coast Guard Captain, licensed by the Potomac River Fisheries Commission and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Steve has the opportunity to fish with anglers of all skill levels, including some of the biggest names in pro bass fishing. He is one of the top bass fishing guides in the country. Steve's been featured in local and national newspapers, magazines and on TV and radio: BASSMASTERS, BASS TIMES, BASSIN' Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times, ESPN and others. He's been: emcee of the St. Jude Children's Hospital Tournament the past 11 years, a member of Boat US Speakers Bureau, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and a member of the American Sportfishing Association. Steve has been awarded an Excellence in Craft award from SEOPA and was the recipient of the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce 2002 and 2003 Home-Based Business of the Year Award. Prior to fishing, Steve's careers included teaching high school algebra and sales of cars, computers and surgical products. He also hosted the longest running all-financial morning radio show in the country and is considered to be "The Father of Business Radio".

    Hi, I am Captain Steve Chaconas with National Bass guide Service. We are going to show you how to cast a spinning reel but before we do, lets go over the anatomy of a spinning reel. Pretty simple really, this is a spinning reel, this is the handle. The nice thing about spinning reels today is that I can have the handle on the right side for a left-handed caster, or they going to hold the rod in their left hand and cast and reel with their right, you could take the handle off and reverse it to the other side for right-handed people. The handle is very important, because you just crank, you can crank the bait in anytime you want, you can reel in the line. The most important part of the reel after that is the bail. This is the bail right here, this is wire that comes across in front of the reel. This will open up and when it opens up, it lets the line out, when it closes, it will secure the line. The other part of the reel thats important is what's called the roller bearing; it's where the line will tuck into and will roll up when you reel the reel in. To adjust the spool as far as the direction of this roller bearing, you can turn the rotor, okay. Now the reel, you reel it forward and that will get your line moving, also a lot of reels also have a little switch, down here in the bottom, this little switch will allow the reel either to reel backwards or forwards, when it's locked forward, you can't go backwards, you can only go forward. Thats really comes in handy for certain techniques. Also reels have drag systems, the drag allows line to pull out of the reel, you can loosen the drag, you could tighten the drag. There you pull the line out or you could tighten it make it even tougher depending on the line that you are using. The drag adjustment is located in one of three places, it's either located on the top of the spool, it's located in the mid-spool like this one, or sometimes they are rear drag systems. In either case, before you go fishing, know your line, know the size fish that you are fishing for and adjust your drag accordingly. So, again a quick review, we have the handle which can be switched to either sides, we have the bail wire which releases the line, we have the roller bearing, where the lines goes into so it will wrap around the reel and we also have the drag system and they are located this one in the mid-reel, some of them are located on the top of the spool, and some are located in the back. We also have the rotor which allows us to turn the roller bearing to adjust the position of it and next we are going to be talking about gripping the rod