Spinning is the fishing technique that is most appealing, especially for beginners. After all, you’re constantly on the move and always have something to do. You also feel the bite more directly than with any other fishing technique. That’s the attraction of spin fishing, but also here every fish has to be worked on and sometimes it needs a lot of patience. These tips should make the start a little easier by avoiding the most common mistakes.
1. The wrong place to fish at the wrong time of the year
The basis of all fishing is that the lure has to go to the fish and the fish is hungry or at least in the
case of predators irritable. If you fish in the wrong places at the wrong time of the year nothing can happen because there is no fish for miles around. Especially in large waters this plays an important role. So there is no getting around a little research into where the fish are at any given time of year. On this page you will find many tips about hot spots and where the fish are at what time of year.
2. frequent bait changes
It’s important to have confidence in your bait and you can only get confidence by catching with it. If you change the lure every two casts you are more busy with reassembling than with real fishing. During this time fish have no chance to bite because there is no bait in the water. So you should give each lure at least 15-30 minutes if you are not sure what the fish want. Trying out new lures is especially good if it works well. This will give you confidence in new spinning baits or sort out baits that simply won’t catch in this water.
3. bad preparation
Even though it doesn’t take much to be successful in spin fishing. Some fishing equipment always has to be on the water. When I go out I always make sure that I can re-bind my line at least 2-3 times and check if I have everything I need. For spin fishing I need some leader material, a few swivels or snaps and a few spare lures. If I expect a lot of hangers, I take more with me. A pliers, landing net, hook release and scissors, as well as the fishing papers are of course always with me. Also something to drink and a small snack are a good idea on longer tours. Last but not least, you should wear clothes that are suitable for the weather and it doesn’t hurt to check the weather forecast. This is easy to do with a smartphone these days.
4. wrong lure size
The right lure size is crucial for spin fishing – the most common mistake I see is to use too small a lure, especially for pike. If you don’t have much time to fish, you might want to get it all out and have a chance to catch as many fish as possible at the same time. But this often leads to compromises and in the end the lure doesn’t really fit any of the target fish. Predatory fish have often shot themselves for a certain prey size in one body of water and don’t want anything else. Therefore it’s worth going with a few maggot spots and see what’s swimming in the water.
Nevertheless there is a lure that can reliably catch almost all predatory fish, even if it is not a “perfect” size. A 2`er to 4`er spinner can actually be mastered by any predatory fish and is my tip for every beginner.
5th Sharp hook
Nothing is worse than when the long awaited fish bites but simply doesn’t get caught because the hook is dull and rusty. This has already happened to me and also to a really big pike. It’s simply not necessary and that’s why I change my hooks regularly and alternatively I always have a hook sharpener with me. The right choice of hook is also important, because even with hooks that are too big, too small or not stable enough you risk your first fish.
6. too loose line
You should always be in contact with the lure or the fish both when you drill and when you are leading the lure. If the line is loose when fishing, you will not get a good bite. It’s even worse when you’re drilling, because then the fish can shake freely and you lose it from the hook very easily.
7. incorrectly tied knots
Using the right knots ensures maximum load capacity. However, if the knots are not tied correctly and carefully, the load bearing capacity will be significantly reduced. My tip is to do a tensile test on every knot you tie and take care when tying it. This will make it less likely that the knots will unravel.
8. no landing tool
In principle, this also belongs to point 3 of the preparation: Having a landing net is always a good idea and it should be adapted to the size of the target fish species. No one has ever landed a Capital Pike with an aquarium landing net. The manual landing is considered to be gentle, but requires some practice and skill. Many fish species can hardly be landed by hand and therefore you will be without a landing net badly and may lose a beautiful fish just before landing.
9. giving up too early
Only those who are on the water and fish with concentration can catch fish. Some days it just doesn’t go so well and sometimes it may make sense to go home earlier. But still – if you give up, you won’t be able to catch anything either. My tip is, when things are not going so well, just look for the beautiful things in nature and the water and enjoy the time outdoors. At some point, there will always be a fish. Unfortunately, patience is also needed for spin fishing.