Spinning for beginners - Basics, types of lures, retrieval methods and UL - by @Ejsioo and @Levo
Casting and / or spinning
In RF4 we can go spin fishing using a classic spinning rod with a spinning reel or a casting rod with a baitcasting reel. Each new player begins his adventure with a classic spinning set. After a while, many people start to wonder if they should switch to the casting set, or stay with the classic spinning. There is no unambiguous answer to this question. There are several important differences between these two fishing techniques and once you get to know them it will be easier to decide which you want to use under different circumstances.
The main difference is the reel of a casting set. Due to its construction, fishing casting rods is a bit different then classic spinning, both the handles of the casting reel as well as the casting action look a bit different.
There are two types of baitcasting reels, classic and low profile. Classic baitcasting reels are usually stronger and designed for fishing large lures and for larger fish species. In contrast, low-profile baitcasting reels are designed for lighter lures and you can use them for fishing when targeting smaller fish species - they are very well suited for light and ultralight setups. Low profile baitcasting reels have a much larger capacity of line than small spinning reels, which is a very big advantage when we are planning to fish for small species in large, open waters.
In RF4 baitcasting reels have an additional "test" parameter that regular reels do not have.
Proper selection of the casting set - rod and reel in terms of the correct test- allows for really long casts, even with very small lures. Unfortunately, a decent baitcasting reel or high-end low profile reel cost a lot of silver.
A classic spinning reel is more applicable because apart from spinning, we can use it for bottom fishing and float fishing sets as well. It is often enough to buy a spinning rod, and the reel only needs to be "flipped" from the other set, so you don`t have to spend extra silver on another reel, as opposed to the separate baitcasting set.
Summarizing, both classic spinning and casting effectively catch all predatory fish species that are available in the game, so both are very good. Classic spinning is definitely cheaper and the spinning reel is more versatile. The baitcasting sets are more expensive, being an additional expense, but they deliver further and more accurate casts. Baitcasting reels have an additional parameter "test", and low profile baitcasting reels have a larger capacity of the spool than small spinning reels.
The most popular methods of spinning :
In Russian Fishing 4, we can use spinning lures in many different ways. In addition to regular, straight retrieval, there are many other techniques.
The most popular techniques are:
· Jig Step (spinners and soft plastic lures )
· Twitching (wobblers)
· SpeedUp (all spinning lures)
· Stop & Go (wobblers)
· Walk The Dog (poppers, walkers and jerk baits)
Table showing what technique you can use fishing with a particular type of lure:
The spinning method is displayed here:
Of course, you can fish without any particular spinning technique and simply reel in the bait in its own way, which can also bring satisfactory results, but in most cases using the right method is profitable and increases the number of bites. It is also necessary to adapt the method and how we lead the bait to what species of fish we want to target. Below we will try to describe each of them more accurately, however, we should keep in mind that many things affect how we should fish : witch lure we are using, conditions of the spot, our setup (including stiffness of the rod, type of water (flowing/standing), or retrieving with the main stream of the river or under the current . Other important aspects are water depth, lure weight and reel ratio. Also remember there is no "golden rule" on everything, so next to this information, it is also worth to test everything yourself.
Jig Step - In theory, a easy method: we cast the bait, wait until it sinks to the bottom and retrieve it by shortly rolling the line (0.5-1.5 turns of the reel) at the appropriate speed, followed by about 1 second pause, until the bait will fall to the bottom again and we repeat the whole process. In practice, under certain conditions, the achievement of the Jig Step can be very problematic, especially on rivers with fast currents. It is worth combining your speed with the wind, current, and depth as well as the length and frequency of pauses.
Twitching - a technique of fishing used with wobblers, based on gentle "twitching" the rod using the right mouse button (RMB), which causes that the lure moves with small "jumps" to the sides imitating a sick fish... A simple, but very effective method. The speed of reeling (10-25) - start reeling and after 2-3 sec press RMB to make a twitch, reel again for 2-3 sec and repeat the twitch.
SpeedUp - a sudden acceleration when the lure is reeled in to provoke the predator. It works on all types of spinning baits. After casting the lure, reel the lure over 3-4 sec at the same speed (preferably from 15 to 35) and then accelerate by holding the Shift button for 2-3 sec. At the moment of acceleration "SpeedUp" should appear and this is the moment in which the most bites occur. When it disappears, let go of Shift, again a few turns with the reel for 3-4 sec at normal speed and repeat the whole process.
Stop & Go - The name of the technique explains a lot. It involves fast, aggressive rolling of the wobbler, followed by a short pause. This is an alternative option for Twitching. After dropping the lure, a quick 4-7 rotations of the reel at a reeling speed of 40-50, then a short, about 1-second pause ("Stop & Go" should appear) and then we repeat the whole process. The most bites occur at the moment of the pause in reeling or right after.
Walk The Dog - In action, a very similar method to Twitching. Most popular, and in my opinion, the most effective way for using Jerks and topwater lures, poppers and walkers. Right-click jerk -> 1 to 2 reel turns to reel up the slack on the line -> RMB -> etc. The lure fished this way performs "slides" on the water, provoking the predator to attack. Reeling speed from 12 to 35, depending on the fishing conditions.
Types of spinning lures :
A classic, basic spinning lure that is available to all players from the beginning of the game. Using the spinners is very simple, cause even a steady reeling of the spinner at the right speed can give satisfactory results. Also, SpeedUp works very well, especially for more aggressive species of fish such as asp, pike or trout. Using spinners, we catch fish in the upper and middle parts of the water. So spinning isn`t a good choice when targeting species of fish that usually feed in the bottom parts of the water. The majority of predators can be caught on spinners, but in particular, we recommend them for fish such as Asp, Brown Trout, Grayling, Perch, Kesler Herring, and Sichel. Best results fishing spinners we had during daytime, not so much during nighttime.
Spoons are one of the favorite lures in RF4, they are very universal. Most ingame predators can be caught using spoons. By far the most popular technique of fishing with spoons is Jig Step, which is very effective for predators feeding in the lower parts of the water both during day and night. They also work well when trolling. It's worth combining and testing different color variations, sometimes the color change can change a lot. You can successfully hunt for most predators, but especially for species such as Lake Trout, Asp, Burbot, Arctic Char, Kuori Char, Sevan Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Zander, Pike or Taimen.
Wobblers are artificial baits that look like a small fish or other aquatic animals. A very important factor to pay attention to it is the depth of glide of a particular wobbler. When the depth of descent is too large and the wobbler will "hit" the bottom during retrieval, its action will be ineffective and it will have a very negative impact on the number of bites. In our opinion, it's best to use them with Twitching or Stop & Go. When Fishing with wobblers the stiffness of the rod is very important, especially when fishing with smaller lures.
We had the best results during the day, at night they feel slightly weaker. Depending on how deeply the wobbler goes down, we can target predators in the upper parts of the water, as well as those that feed closer to the bottom. Wobblers are effective fishing species such as Caspian Salmon, Lake Trout, Asp, Arctic Char, Kuori Char, Golec Kuori, Atlantic Salmon, Zander, Perch, Pike and Chub.
Poppers and Walkers
Poppers are topwater lures that create attraction for predators on the water surface during fishing. The best results we had using the Walk The Dog technique. Most bites we had in the morning and in the evening, as at night was a bit poorly. A strong wind can negatively affect the amount of fish caught. With their aggressive work, they can provoke all predators preying the upper parts of the water, in particular species such as Pike, Taimen, Asp, Lake Trout, Chub and Perch.
Jerks are wobblers without a diving "fin". You can use them by vigorously trimming the end of the rod using the right mouse button (RMB), preferably in order to get the Walk The Dog method. As a rule, they are large lures for large predators, mainly for pike and salmon. Sometimes a Perch, Lake Trout, Arctic Char or large Asp will also take the jerk bait, generally most predators feeding in the upper parts of the water. For using Jerks you need a jerk rod and the unlocked skill "Using the rig with jerk bait". Jerks should especially interest those players who hunt for large pike specimens. Note: we had poor results when fishing with jerk baits at night.
Soft plastic lures
Artificial lures imitating fish and animals living in water, which we set up using jig heads or weighted hooks depending on the method we are using. You can troll with them as well, but much better results come when using them with Jig step technique at bottom parts of the water, which is
the best technique for running these lures in our opinion. Tey are effective both day and night. For fishing with large rubber lures, it is worth having strong equipment due to frequent catches of Catfish. It`s good on all species of predators feeding near the bottom parts of the water, and in particular: Catfish, Zander, Albino Catfish, Char, Grey Char, Red Char, Burbot and Volga Zander.
Rubber lures imitating worms. When fishing Wacky, we have the chance to catch almost every fish species in the game. Not only predators but also non predatory species. You never really know what will bite on Wacky when trolling. There is no single technique and no one could tell us how we should retrieve this bait. Wacky worms can be used in various ways and everything can be effective. Both very slow, steady retrieval of the bait, which almost scrubs the bottom (reeling speed 4-12), reeling with higher speed (monotonous and with intervals), raising the bait from the bottom or trolling. You can combine it in various ways. The undoubted disadvantage of these lures is that it attracts a lot of small fish and often it is hard to catch something bigger. Bites from really small species might be reduced by changing the size of the lure. Fishing with Wacky can give you a lot of fun. Effective both day and night.
Spinning - Ultra Light setup
UL is a very light and delicate setup that is able to cast a very light, small lure. A thin line, a small reel and an ultra-light rod make fighting medium-sized fish a big challenge even for an experienced angler. A great option for fun, especially for more experienced players. Unfortunately, a decent UL set is a huge cost, but you can always buy a cheaper light rod, which has a slightly higher test but is still suitable for small and light lures. The game also has a separate table with UL records, where you can win weekly prizes.
It is important when choosing the right setup to remember about rod test and reel test - the correct setup will cast even very light lures a long distance.
For a set to be considered UL, the power of the rod must be defined as "Ultra Light" as in the picture below. It can be both spinning and a casting rod.
A small lure and a thin line/leader have a very positive effect on the number of bites. Such small lures are best enjoyed by predatory species such as Brown Trout, Grayling, Chub, Perch, Ide, Kesler Herring, Ripus, Whitefish species and many, many more. In our opinion, The Belaya River is the best map for light or ultra-light spinning, especially for beginners, Ladoga and Akhtuba for the more experienced players.
Good luck and have fun guys.
Ejsioo and Levo