Bailing Out: a Quick Fix for Re-Rigging a Spinning Rod and Reel

   03.07.16

Bailing Out: a Quick Fix for Re-Rigging a Spinning Rod and Reel

When was the last time you strung up a spinning outfit and forgot to place the fishing line behind the reel bail pick-up before threading line through guides and tying on your favorite leader, terminal tackle rig, or lure?

It happens to everyone, and of course it makes a spinning outfit impossible to cast. So after mumbling a few choice words, most anglers break off the lure, unstring the rod, put the line behind the spinning reel bail, and then restring the rod and set up the lure a second time.

But there’s a better, faster, and much easier way to remedy this common rigging headache with spinning gear.

Here’s what to do.

1) Here’s the problem; fishing line not behind a spinning reel bail, so casting is impossible.

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2) To remedy, first remove the reel spool, either the drag knob turn type (shown here) or the clip-spin spool variety.
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3) The spool must be completely removed from the spinning reel spindle.

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4) Now open the reel bail as you would when making a cast with the outfit.

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5) Put the spool back on the spindle.

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6) Close the reel bail.

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7) Secure the spool by screwing on the drag knob.

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8) Voila, the line is now behind the reel bail pick-up and you’re ready for casting and fishing. There’s no need to clip off a lure, unstring the rod, then restring it and tie on the lure.

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Fast, simple, and you’ll feel pretty smart, too.

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