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Picture of Dressing and Casting a Fishing Pole with a Bail Reel

Whether you simply want to find a leisurely activity while enjoying the outdoors or the zombie apocalypse has arrived, it is useful to learn how to string and cast a fishing line. Since there are many different types of fishing reels, bobbers, hooks, weights and lures, this set of instructions focuses on setting up a basic line with a bail reel, bobber, weights, and a worm hook. Bail reels are useful in casting light lures far distances because the design of the reel allows the fishing line to flow off the reel unimpeded by a nose cone or friction from a spool. This is particularly useful when you are trying to fish in a lake off a boat or from the shore because you need to get your hook in a position to catch fish. In the sections below you will find the materials you will need, easy to follow, step by step, instructions and safety information that will help you feel confident in casting out your first line. Remember to relax and have fun!


● Fishing pole and bail reel with line already spooled on
● Worm hook and worm (or artificial worm)
● Bobber and split shot weight
● Scissors or knife
● Pliers

Step 1: Find your inner hunter gatherer.

Picture of Find your inner hunter gatherer.

1. Consult Artemis, the Greek Goddess, if you need help with this. You can also try putting on a lot of fur, only eat jerky, and call yourself Daniel Boone.

This is great! As a complete novice fisherman (fisherwoman? Is that a word?), I'd love to see a picture for step 3, if you have one!