Spinning Reels

Product choices in spinning reels

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Bass Pro Shops MegaCast Spinning Reel - aluminum
"You dont have to spend a lot to get a quality spinning reel. The Bass Pro Shops MegaCast Spinning Reel has everything you need to get on the water and start catching fish. Its rugged graphite body and rotor are built for the long haul, as is the double-a



82162 Shimano Ultegra Spinning Reel
"Sleek in design but incredibly strong, the Shimano Ultegra Spinning Reel is built for efficiency in all phases. Its streamlined G-Free Body provides superb balance for all-day comfort, while the cold-forged Hagane Gear internals deliver unparalleled smoo



82162 Shimano Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reel - aluminum
"For the serious surf caster, distance matters, and the Shimano Ultegra XTD Surf Spinning Reel delivers. Its specifically designed to maximize casting distance, without relinquishing full power and control while youre hooking and landing your dinner. The



Abu Garcia Revo Inshore Spinning Reels - aluminum
"Abu Garcias Revo Inshore Spinning Reels boast six stainless steel HPCR bearings and one roller bearing to ensure smooth performance and corrosion protection. AMGearing system features precision-machined gears that enhance smoothness, and the computer-opt



Abu Garcia Revo MGX Spinning Reel - aluminum
"Abu Garcias Revo MGX Spinning Reel boasts 11 corrosion-resistant stainless steel HPCR bearings plus one roller bearing and an AMGearing system to deliver long-lasting smooth performance. Computer Optimized Gear (COG) maximizes efficiency. Carbon Matrix d



Abu Garcia Revo Premier Spinning Reel - aluminum
"Featuring 11 stainless steel HPCR ball bearings and one roller bearing, Abu Garcias Revo Premier Spinning Reel boasts ultrasmooth performance. AMGearing system has precision-machined gear to ensure enhanced smoothness and increased durability, while the



Abu Garcia Revo STX Spinning Reels - aluminum
"Lightweight components and a machined-aluminum main gear come together in Abu Garcias Revo STX Spinning Reel for flawless performance and exceptional feel. Nine stainless steel HPCR bearings plus one roller bearing resist corrosion. AMGearing system util



Abu Garcia Revo SX Spinning Reels - aluminum
"The next generation of Abu Garcias Revo SX Spinning Reels takes cutting-edge design to the next level. Insert-Molded C6 (IM-C6) carbon body design contains a one-piece aluminum X-Craftic gearbox, resulting in a lighter reel than the previous model while



Abu Garcia Revo Rocket Spinning Reel - aluminum
"The Abu Garcia Revo Rocket spinning uses 7.0:1 Rocket Gear Ratio for blazing fast retrieves, which allows anglers to reel in large amounts of line very quickly. Nine stainless steel HPCR bearings plus one roller bearing. AMGearing system provides unparal



Abu Garcia Pro Max Spinning Reel - aluminum
"The Abu Garcia Pro Max Spinning Reels Rocket Line Management System maximizes casting distance with all types of line, while reducing wind knots. Six ball bearings and one roller bearing deliver smooth all-around operation. Machined aluminum spool increa


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Spinning Reels for Salmon Fishing

In a previous article, we dealt with a few of the considerations when it comes to spinning reels for salmon fishing. Features to look at included drum size, line capacity, and the materials used to manufacture the reels. This article will take a look at some of techniques that may prove useful when casting for salmon in both their usual saltwater ocean environment and for landlocked species such as kokanee and for ocean going salmon when they are returning to spawn.


Weights are really synonymous with salmon fishing, whether trolling or casting. If you are casting or trolling spoons and blades, for example, you need to make sure that they are weighted. In the case of trolling, spoons and blades need not only to reach a level where they will catch the attention of the fish but must also present a convincing presentation to the salmon; these fish can be very wary and won???t bite what doesn???t seem right.

When casting using spoons and blades on the ocean or on a river, you will probably want to use a weight to add some distance to your line. Spoons are pretty light and therefore hard to cast, but the addition to your line of a small rubber weight in place of one of the spoons will help you to increase the distance.

Convincing the fish

The spinning reels for salmon fishing that you select need to give a convincing presentation to the salmon that you want to hook by imparting a good action to the bait on the other end. Salmon fishing is very popular today, and many of the methods that once worked for really expert anglers are well known and don???t have the success rate that they used to; it???s kind of like if your favorite food was vanilla ice cream. When you were a kid, it used to be a rarity, so just getting it was a treat. Today, you can get it pretty much anywhere, so what you need to make it a treat and worth eating are toppings or additions to the ice cream.

The same is true for salmon. A plug wrapped in some kind of attractant used to be a sure bet when out casting; the salmon sensed the attractants and went into a predatory response. Today, everyone is using attractants of some sort, so the salmon are going for only the best presented delicacies.

Eggs and roe, herring or sardine fillets, and even herring caught on jigs all do best when they are used in conjunction with attractants. Attractants are the sprinkles on the ice cream to the salmon, and they work even after a few casts. In fact, some attractants have even caused salmon to take craws and bugs, although they usually ignore insect bait representations as a predatory species.

Most traditional lures will work when using spinning reels for freshwater salmon fishing or saltwater fishing, including trolling and casting spoons and blades. Herring caught on jigs, trailers, eggs and roe are also some of the most effective baits out there. The thing to keep in mind is to make the bait as tempting as possible through the use of attractants, artificial or natural. You can have some of the best spinning reels or casting reels for salmon out there, but without the right bait, there will be no fish.

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