Anglers usually cast out as far as they can and then slowly retrieve the spinner which will make it come back towards them in mid-water where most of these species will feed. As the diagram below shows reeling in quickly will make the spinner move higher up in the water, which can be useful for catching fish that feed on or near the surface, such as garfish. Reeling in slowly will obviously make the spinner come back near the seabed and could tempt a species which feed here, but this also runs the risk of getting snagged.

Retrieval Diagram

Reeling in quickly will see the spinner work near the surface, while a slower retrieval rate will see the spinner active in deeper water closer to the seabed.

Anglers will often experiment with the speed they reel spinners in. If reeling in fast is not producing and fish then reeling in slower will see the spinner work deeper down and potentially catch any fish which are feeding there.

Another technique is the ‘sink and draw method.’ This involves reeling in for several turns and then allowing the spinner to sink down for several seconds before reeling in for another few turns. This technique allows the spinner to cover a wider area in the water column and the sinking and then moving action can also help to attract fish.

Sink and Drawn Method

Sink and Drawn Method: When being reeled in (solid arrow) the spinner moves up in the water, while stopping reeling in sees the spinner fall back down in the water column (dotted arrow).

Alternatively, some anglers experiment with a jerky and erratic retrieval consisting of quick and slow turns of the reel along with sweeping the rod tip upwards in different directions. This can make the spinner resemble an injured or disoriented fish and prove an effective method to attract fish to the spinner. While mackerel are indiscriminate feeders which will attack any kind of lure which passes them larger pollock and especially bass can be more selective feeders and the latter two techniques can prove more effective when targeting these species. View the full range of spinners available on Sea Angling Shop by clicking here.

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