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  1. 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 : Spinners 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 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 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 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. Wacky worms 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
  2. Hi guys Please see some examples of possible set-ups you might want to try to get once you reach certain level in the game. Those are good quality gear for adequate level and you might want to give it a try when buying new fishing equipment. Please keep in mind that there are different rods and reels available that you might like more - those are ONLY examples of some set-ups that might help some players to choose their rods and reels. FLOAT FISHING: Rod level 8 - Express Fishing Red Stick RS23 (Telescopic rod) 2.5 star quality Telescopic rod - 7m long with test 2-16 g and load capacity of 8.5 kg. For this rod I would use Mono Original 6.8 kg line 100m. Rod level 16- Syberia Model One T700 (Telescopic rod) 3.5 star quality Telescopic rod - 7m long with 7-80g test and load capacity of 11.5 kg. For this rod I would use Snake Ultra Line 8.7 kg line 100m. Rod level 22 - Falcon TL 800 (Telescopic rod) 4-star quality Telescopic rod 8m long with 3-15g test and load capacity of 22kg. For this rod I would use Snake Ultra Line 19.1 kg 100m. This is an excellent rod for targeting large fish species such as carp. Rod level 18 - Model One Match M140MH (Match rod) Reel level 16- Proton PRO 6000 (Spinning reel) 3.5 star quality Match rod 4.2 m long with 7-35g test and load capacity of 16kg. 3.5 star quality Reel with spool size of 6000 and max drag of 9.5kg. For this rod and reel, I would use Snake Ultra Line 14kg 300 m Rod level 30 - Rebellion Match 420H ( Match rod) Reel level 26 - Everest 2 8000s (Spinning reel) 4.5-star quality Match rod 4.2 m long with 12-36g test and max load capacity of 41.5 kg - In my opinion the best match rod in the game at the moment. This amazing rod gives you 2 different bonuses: +5% to "Float fishing " skill and + 2 to the " Using a rig with the waggler ability". 3.5-star quality spinning reel with spool size of 8000 and max drag od 22kg. For this rod and reel, I would use Ultra line 28.2kg - please note that this is only a wise choice when fishing in smaller lakes as you will only have around 112m of line on your spool. But using this mono line will save you some silver when it comes to the repairs. If you need more line you can use braided line + leader instead. This is a very strong setup for targeting a large fish species. BOTTOM FISHING: Rod level 8 - Express Fishing Persey FD140 (Feeder rod) Reel level 8 - Sputnik Element Pro 4000 Spinning reel) -Express Fishing Persey FD140 - is 2.5 star quality rod, this model length is 4.4m and test is 20-110g. With this rod you will be able to cast on fairly long distances. -Sputnik Element PRO 4000 - is a 3 star quality spinning reel with spool size 4000 and max drag 6.5 kg. For this set-up I went with Simmons Mono Original line 18 LB 350m , but this is my personal preference. Rod level 13 - Syberia Sentense FD340 MH (Feeder rod) Reel level 12 - Sputnik Proton 6000 (Spinning reel) -Syberia Sentense FD340MH - 3 star quality feeder rod with test 15 - 80g. Length of this rod is 3.4m. Load capacity 25kg. Very good rod with elastic blank that will help you to target even larger carp or tench. -Sputnik Proton 6000 - 3 star quality spinning reel with spool size of 6000 and max drag 8.5kg. For this set-up I went with Simmons Mono Original 25LB 350m. Rod level 15 - Syberia Model Two FD420H (Feeder rod) Reel level 20 - Sputnik Alfa 8000 (Spinning reel) - Syberia Model Two FD420H - 3.5 star quality feeder rod with test 30 -150g. This feeder got length of 4.2m Load capacity is 26.5kg. It is excellent choice for medium size species and carp fishing. - Sputnik Alfa 8000 - 4 star quality reel with spool size of 8000 and max drag of 14.5kg . Excellent reel for the price, it can be used for bottom fishing and spinning. I am confident that you can use this reel even when targeting trophy carp at Bear Lake. For this set-up I used Snake Ultra Line 42LB BLU 300m - but again this is my personal preference. Rod level 16 - Syberia Fortuna Carp 360 XH ( Carp rod) Reel level 26 - Zeiman Z- Series 60S ( Spinning reel) - Syberia Fortuna Carp 360 XH - 3.5 star quality carp rod with test 35-160g and load capacity 39.5kg. This powerful rod - length 3.6 m allows very long casting distance. This rod is excellent choice when targeting large fish like Carp, Russian Sturgeon or Catfish. - Zeiman Z- Series 60S - 4.5 star quality spinning reel with spool size of 6000 and max drag 16.5kg. For this set-up ( Fishing at Sura river) I went with Simmons DevilBraid 58LB Green Xl and Simmons Mono Orig leader FD 55 LB. This very good quality reel that can be used when targeting medium and large fish species. Rod level 20 - Westhill Wingate FF130XH (Feeder rod) Reel level 26 - Trident Major 2 Ltd 6000s (Spinning reel) - Westhill Wingate FF130XH - 4 star quality feeder rod with extra bonus +1 to the "Fishing with a feeder rod" ability - this bonus is giving a player extra skill point with casting distance, accuracy and control of the fish when fishing with this feeder rod. This excellent rod got 40-150g test and load capacity of 34kg. With this feeder rod you will be able to target even larger species in the game. -Trident Major Ltd 2 6000s - 4 star quality reel with spools size 6000 and max drag of 19kg. This reel will help you to land even large fish species in the game. For this set-up I used Snake Ultra line 42LB Blue 300m but if you need more line on spool, you could use braided line and add mono or fluorocarbon leader to your set-up. Rod level 16 - Syberia Model One Picker 300MH (Picker rod) Reel level 16 - Syberia Sabre 60s (Spinning reel) - Syberia Model One Picker 300MH - 3.5 star quality picker rod with test 9-41g and load capacity of 26kg. Very good rod to target small and medium size fish species. -- Syberia Sabre 60s - 3 star quality reel with spool size 6000 and max drag 10kg. Very popular reel that is used by many players. For this set-up I used Snake Power line 28LB GRN 300 m. With this reel you will be able to land small to medium size fish species. Rod level 24 - Westhill Bunessan Picker PF98XH (Picker rod) Reel level 20 - Zeiman Comandor 40S (Spinning reel) - Westhill Bunessan Picker PF98XH (Picker rod) - 4 star picker rod with test 12-45gr and load capacity 15kg. Excellent rod with extra bonuses (+ 2 to the "Using a loop rig; +2 Using paternoster rig and +2 Using an in-line rig abilities" ). With those extra bonus points, this is an excellent choice for targeting small and medium size trophy fish species. - Zeiman Commandor 40s - 4 star quality reel with spool size 4000 and max drag 11kg. This well build spinning reel can be used not only for bottom fishing but also for fishing with float and spin fishing. For this set-up I used Snake Power Braided line 39LB SMO 300m with fluorocarbon leader FD30LB. Rod lvl 32 - Legacy Ti 13.-4.50 - Carp rod Reel lvl 30 - Venga 10000 - Spinning Reel - Legacy Ti 13.-4.50 - Carp rod - 5-star carp rod - the stronger bottom fishing rod in the game atm. Test 70-220g and load capacity 80.5kg. This is an excellent rod with +7% bottom fishing skill and + 3% to the fishing with carp rod bonuses. Best rod to cast for large distance and to target even very big fish species. This rod is also very good for bait fishing as the est is 220g. - Venga 10000 - 5 star spinning reel with max drag 32kg. Very strong reel with 10000 spool. This reel will allow you to use mono line more often when fishing at different water bodies. For this setup, I would use min 36kg monoline ( to get as much line as possible) or if needed 45kg braided line. SPINNING AND BAITCASTING: Rod Level 16 - Onega Ethnic SPM68UL ( UL spinning rod) - ULTRA LIGHT SETUP Reel level 20 - Sputnik Alpha 1000 ( spinning reel) - ULTRA LIGHT SETUP - Onega Ethnic SPM68UL - 4-star quality spinning rod UL for ultra light setup with test 1-5 g. - Sputnik Alpha 1000 - 4-star quality spinning reel with test 1g - an excellent choice for ultra light setup. For this setup I chose an Extra Silk 4kg braided line, you will need to also add fluorocarbon leader for more effective fishing. I would suggest a 3-4kg leader. Rod level 10 - Syberia Linear S88H (Spinning rod) Reel level 12 - Sputnik Proton 6000 (Spinning reel) - Syberia Linear S88H - 2 star spinning rod with test 12- 45g and load capacity 15.5 kg. This rod model had length of 2.7m that is why you can use it in limited space but also if needed cats on fairly long distances. Optimal rod for targeting small and medium size predator fish species. - Sputnik Proton 6000 - 3 star quality spinning reel with spool size of 6000 and max drag 8.5kg. Optimal spinning reel for all occasions. For this set-up I used Simmons ExtraSilk Braided line-30 LB Bl Xl 300m and fluorocarbon leader 11.5 kg. Rod level 12 - Syberia Super Duty S88H (Spinning rod) Reel level 16 - Sputnik Proton PRO 6000 (Spinning reel) - Syberia Super Duty S88H - 2.5 star spinning rod with test 14-70g and load capacity 24.5 kg. This model length is 2.7m what make is perfect fro casting in limited space or on fairly longer distances. This is perfect rod for targeting medium or larger predatory fish species like pike. - Sputnik Proton PRO 6000 - 3.5 star quality spinning reel with spool size 6000 and max drag 9.5kg. Another excellent reel for all occasions. For this set-up I went with Simmmons Extra SIlk 34LB Bl Xl 300m and Simmons Steel Leader 15 kg (targeting a pike). Rod level 26 - Heaven Creek Evora CST CSSL98H (Casting rod) Reel level 30 - Zeiman ZM- Steelness ZMS60 (Baitcasting reel) - Heaven Creek Evora CST CSSL98H - 4 star casting rod with 12-60g test and load capacity 49.5kg. This rod gives an extra bonus +10% to casting distance. This is excellent rod for targeting medium and large predatory fish. With extra bonus this rod gives you a chance to cast baits at long distances. - Zeiman ZM- Steelness ZMS60 - 4.5 star baitcasting reel with spool size of 6000 and max drag 17.5 kg. This excellent baitcasting reel for all occasions. This reel have a light spool what makes it perfect baitcasting reel for casting at longer distances with even relativity lighter baits. For this set-up (fishing at Kuori lake) I used Snake Power Braid 39LB SMO 300m and Simmons Pure fluorocarbon leader 38LB. Few important informations: - Please remember that rod should be the strongest point in your set-up and line or leader should be the weakest. - When choosing your line please check your max rod capacity, spool size of your reel and max drag of your reel, you also should consider wear damage of your tackle and always check the whole set-up that you are using before starting fishing. - Remember that better quality equipment (more stars) wears of slower, so you not need to repair it or replace it as fast as lower quality equipment but you might need to pay a bit more once you will repair or replace parts of your equipment. - Using braided line makes your equipment wears off faster. When using mono line your fishing equipment wears off slower but you will have a less line on the spool.
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