Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
crewdog

spincast reels for kids

8 posts in this topic

Just wondering if anyone has found a spin cast reel that can handle slip bobbers. All of the lower cost or children model combos always seem to get hung up when i try to set the little guy up for some slip bobbering. It's still too early for him to switch to a spinning reel. any idweas help would be appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

bump

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have three young daughters and they are using closed face reels. The problem with them is that they don't release line very well as a whole. I have one Diawa Gold Cast that does a great job, yet the exact same model on another rod is nothing but problems. Go figure.... I had decent luck with the Johnson, but the handles have a tendancy to come apart it you don't keep an eye on them. Bottom line - I am using them now, but I can't wait until they can move to open faced equipment.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The line pick up in closed face reels messes with knotted thread bobber stops most times. I've used those little flexible dog bone shaped things that you thread the line through and they don't get hung up as often. They aren't perfect but they can help. Sometimes depending on the bobber you need to use that thing along with a thread knot. There's another little rubber bumper kind of bobber stop out there too, I've never tried them but they look like they are less likely to slip on the line when using a closed face reel.

Good luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Crew, I went to Gander and picked up one of there Guide spinning reels for my daughter.I think it is a ul-5???

It is the ultra light one becuase most of the fishing we do is for panfish.

Also being smaller it fit's in her hands better.

Sifty

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I dont know how old your children are, but I taught mine about 5-6 yrs old on how to cast an open face, believe it or not they are quick learners. That saying I have a 42 yr old friend that just cant figure one out. If you spend a little time with them, Im sure they will want to fish with the same type as dad does.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with wandering eye, my little bro is turning 8 and will be getting an open faced spinning reel. He out grew batman...lol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I gave my 5 yr old daughter a citca spinning reel. The $29.99 one and an ugly stick. She can cast great and it is smooth. The snoopy rod was like grinding frozen meat in a meat grinder. That set up is so much better for reeling in larger fish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • busse3775
      Dad and I fished this past Saturday and Sunday with portables and saying the fishing was slow would be an understatement. Between the 2 days we hit the mud flats pretty hard and stayed very mobile. Didn't even set up a house during the day because it was so nice out. We fished the mudflats from East Flat down to Blue Jug, over to 8 Mile and back up to Matton Flat. The day bite was very tough, we would mark fish but they wouldn't want much to do with it. We picked up 3 eyes Saturday morning with the biggest being 17" then picked up only 3 more during the day. They only seemed to hit our dead sticks with a shiner on it. We used mainly VMC gold perch tingler spoons and flutter spoons without much luck jigging. On Saturday night we had a sleeper rented from Twin Pines Resort and our house was in 20'. We had 6 bites throughout the night with a bigger fish breaking off and a couple smaller ones being caught. We really had to give them a lot of time to inhale the shiner. On Sunday we went back out to the Mud Flats with little confidence and the fishing was pretty slow again. Didn't hear many good reports from this weekend, not sure if it was the warm weather along with the pressure system or what.
    • busse3775
      I think your best bet would be the narrows on Pelican. That can be pretty good crappie and walleye area. I usually fish it a couple times earlier in the season. Otherwise closer to Battle Lake you could give South Turtle or East and West Lost a try.
    • Chill62
      I thought Clitherall was pretty good but never fished panfish down there.  I fish mainly the Perham/DL area.   Panfish have been very skitish as of lately.  We have been using mainly 4mm and 5 mm jigs for crappies but the panfish are wanting 3 mm jigs.  Best luck has been with a horizontal shapped jig tipped with 2-3 wax worms (depending on hook and wax worm size) very lightly jigged.  Most of the action has been once they appear is to reel up above them 5-8 feet then slowly drop down stopping 1-2 feet above them and twitching the jig LIGHTLY.  Anything with a "GLOW" has been killer for paints.  The lakes I've been fishing have almost a foot of snow and the water was merky prior to freeze up so even though the sun is up I'm still hitting the jigs with the UV Light and the fish are instantly reacting.  I've been targetting deeper holes and finding them in that 20-30' mark but I've heard some reports that they have started coming back up into the shallows and hitting the green weeds again.  Crappies right away this year were liking the 5 mm jigs tipped with a wax worm and soft plastic suspended but they have started preferring smaller jigs also.  Hope this helps you some.
    • monstermoose78
      Where ya going or how did you do
    • Holy carp
      Caught a few walleyes on o'dowds this weekend. Was marking a lot of fish on the bottom but very skidish and not willing to bite very well. Anyone else have any luck on o'dowds?