Cruise fishing? Let’s try spinning! The tricks of procuring dinner


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A valuable pastime during our cruises is fishing; what better opportunity to have some fun and, while respecting the rules and minimum sizes, try some alternative fishing techniques to the usual trolling to provide us with dinner? Spinning might be right for you!


It is an action technique, which involves a great deal of participation on the part of the fisherman. It consists of throwing and retrieving an artificial lure quickly, in small bursts, and repeating the operation throughout the fishing trip. We can practice this technique while the boat is stationary, when we are moored in a quiet bay, or during a walk with our tender along a reef. Where permitted it can also be practiced in port when we stop for the night. For example, if we are forced to stay put in port because of bad weather, we can walk along the reefs with our fishing rod trying a few casts, looking for predators on the prowl.

Spinning technique: what it takes

A rod of about 2.2-2.5 meters with an action of not less than 10-40 grams, a fixed-reel reel of no less than 2000 size reeled with 0.10 braid, snap swivels and plain, some good fluorocarbon as the terminal, a battery of artificials, both silicon and classic minnows of various sizes. It is good to equip yourself with various color shades for bait, often it is a detail that can make a difference. Not to forget the very useful wade, in case of a bite, if we are on a reef or even in a boat, it will be indispensable to be able to approach our prey.

The minimum cost for such equipment will be around 100 euros, varying according to the quality of the equipment.

How to go spinning fishing: waiting for the right moment

A large bass caught spinning with a small artificial lure “minnow”

If our anchorage is in a sufficiently quiet bay, it will not be uncommon in the period from spring to late summer to see “boils” on the surface, it is a sign that something is hunting. Amberjacks, amberjacks, greenhouses fish, starfish or amyas, sea bass, barracuda, garfish, horse mackerel, the potential prey of spiny dogfish are almost boundless and span many species. The best time for spinning fishing is sunrise or sunset, but the hours immediately after sunset can also be very fruitful. Minnows are particularly good for amberjack, bass, barracuda, and walleye, while silicone lures can embrace all other species, but in general these are patterns that fish will sometimes tend to break, going off the classic patterns.


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