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BAITCASTING REELS 2018: Best Picks and Tips

BAITCASTING REELS 2018: Best Picks and Tips

Authored By Trudy Patterson

Learn what to look for in a Baitcasting Reel and the Best Picks for 2018!

Baitcasting Reels are known for more Power, Longer Casts, and Better Control over the line and lure.

SHOP BAITCASTING REELS

There are a few things to consider when trying to decide what Baitcasting Reel is right for you.

REELS TYPES:

Round

  • Heavier- Usually Aluminum and Corrosion Resistant for heavy Saltwater fishing.
  • Larger Spools- Hold more Line and use Heavier Line.
  • Good for large running fish- Like Salmon and Pike!

Low Profile/Teardrop

  • Lighter- Usually contains Mix of Graphite and Aluminum
  • Ergonomic Design- Means wrist action is easier.
  • Good for Freshwater- A great choice for Bass!

DRAG SYSTEMS:

Star Drag

  • Adjusted from the Side between the Reel and Handle
  • Better Cast and Easier to use for beginners.
  • Great for jigging and Inshore fish under 40 lbs

Lever Drag

  • Adjusted from the Top of the Reel/Handle
  • More Precise control over Drag setting with the ability to preset a Drag Maximum.
  • Good for trolling and Large Offshore fish over 40 lbs

TIP: Loosen the Star Drag when storing the Reel to increase longevity.

GEAR RATIO:

Fast- 7:1 and Higher

  • For Faster Fish- “Pitch & Reel” Style
  • Live Small Bait- Like Worms and Grubs

Medium- Around 6:1

  • Most Versatile Speed
  • Artificial Lures- Like Jerkbaits and Spinners

Slow-  5:1 and Lower

  • For Deep Fish- Long Casts and Slow Reeling with control.
  • Large Live Bait- Including Crankbaits and Deep Divers

TIP: It is hard to cast lightweight Lures with Baitcasting Reels. Use Artificial Lures at least 0.25 lbs or Heavier!

BREAKING SYSTEMS:

Centrifugal- Uses Friction to Control the Line with pins inside the Reel Sideplate

  • Easier to “Set and Forget” with Fewer Adjustments.

Magnetic- Uses Magnets to Control the Spool

  • Adjustments are External for quick changes during the cast.

TIP: A Dual Brake System is great for beginners just learning how to use a Baitcasting Reel!

SPOOL MATERIAL:

  • Aluminum- Heavier
  • Graphite- Lighter but Less Durable

TIP: To AVOID BACKLASH control the speed of the spool with your thumb and do not release too early.

HANDLE:

  • Handles on Baitcasting Reels are not Interchangeable!
  • Look for Soft Rubber Knobs
  • Choose Oversized Handles

TIP: To REVERSE backlashes reel the handle while pressing your thumb on the spool.

BALL BEARINGS:

  • Quality over Quantity- More Bearings usually means smoother performance BUT the quality of the Bearing material is most important!
  • Look for Shielded or Sealed Ball Bearings

LINES & LEADERS: No line twist with Baitcasting Reels since the Fishing Line feeds directly into the spool!

  • Use 10-lb Line or Heavier
  • Fluorocarbon- For Clear water conditions  
  • Monofilament- Versatile for all conditions
  • Braided- For Thick Weeds or Vegetation- Set your Drag a little lighter!

TIP: Set the Tension Control Knob located by the drag and handle. So that any lure you use will fall lightly during free spool.

BEST PICKS FOR 2018:

ABU GARCIA PRO MAX

  • Great Introductory Reel for Beginners. Under $75!

ABU GARCIA REVO

  • The entire REVO Line has many features to suit anglers of all levels!

 

DAIWA TATULA

  • A superior design with advanced features. A variety of models are available- Under $150!

 

DAIWA LEXA

  • The largest family of Daiwa Reels, LEXA means Durability and Excellence!



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