Baitcasting Reel

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To choose a baitcasting reel, one has to have a significant amount of information about their preferred method of fishing. When choosing The best baitcasting reel[1], the gear ratio, inches per turn, drag, bearings, braking, handedness, and style are among the essential aspects to consider. There are additional aspects to think about, such as the frame, the spool, the handle, and the line guides; an expert can assist you with all of these aspects.

Gear Ratio

When looking for the next baitcasting reel[2] to add to my collection for bass, one of the first things I do is to decide what kind of lure or lures I want to use. The trick I am using will assist me in selecting the gear ratio, which is one of the most crucial aspects of my reel.

The gear ratio of a reel is the relationship between the handle's rotation and the spool's course. This connection is represented by the percentage of Rotation (Spool) to Rotation (Handle) (Handle). The image that follows illustrates an example of the gear ratio. Within the context of this illustration, the handle has been condensed down to the circular shaft that connects it to the reel.

Higher gear ratios in high-speed reels are required for fishing lures that need you to respond rapidly to fish strikes. These reels are necessary so the fishing line may be reeled in more quickly. Jigs, jerk baits, and live bait are all examples of these types of lures. Conversely, it is best to use a lower gear ratio when fishing with lures that need more finesse, such as plastic worms, crankbaits, swimbaits, buzz baits, or spinnerbaits. This will allow you to move the trick more efficiently in the water.


When looking for a baitcaster, aesthetics might be a deciding factor. Many fishermen, like myself, favor using a round-style baitcaster when casting heavier lures for larger fish like carp, musky, redfish, and catfish. However, larger fish that demand more lines for casting or fighting may benefit from the increased capacity offered by these reels' more extensive profile. One of these reels is one of my favorites for targeting bigger fish.

There are other situations when a more stealthy reel may be more appropriate. For example, for bass fishing, a baitcasting reel with a low profile, a frame made of robust metal side plates, and a spool made of aluminum is an excellent choice. A titanium or graphite frame is another fantastic construction option depending on your preference.

You may also want to consider the grips, button, spool tension knob, and reeling handle while making your decision. Again, a wide variety of designs are available from trusted manufacturers like Abu Garcia, Daiwa (try out their innovative T-wing system), and Shimano.


Specifying which hand you use is a simple but crucial step in reel order. For example, do you use your left or right arrow to turn the reel? When I first switched to a baitcaster, I purchased a right-hand retrieve reel since I had learned to fish with a spinning reel and reeled with my left hand. This was because I had heard that alternating hands while using a baitcaster was a good idea.

In what way? I was staring at the fishing rod as if it were the first time in my life. Then, as quickly as possible, I returned to left-handed retrieving and retracted the reel. When picking out a first baitcaster, I always advise using the same hand as when spinning. This is because you can cast and set the hook with little changes to your rod hand if you reel with the same hand.


The ball bearings of a baitcasting reel are responsible for the smooth rotation of all the gears and the reduced friction that results in longer throws. Some fishermen may be confused by the existence of a "rule of thumb" regarding bearings. As a general rule, more bearings equals better performance. This is correct if the directions are manufactured using superior components. For example, a reel with five high-quality bearings may outperform a spin with twelve worse paths, but the reverse is also possible.

Shielded bearings, double-shielded bearings, stainless steel ball bearings, and sealed bearings are only a few available varieties. The best way to determine whether or not a reel is worth purchasing is to have one's evaluation done by a professional fisherman.


Modern baitcasters have spool brakes that allow you to regulate the rate at which the line unwinds and, hence, your casting accuracy. When the line is cast and the spool turns too quickly, a bird's nest, also known as a backlash, might occur. To mend most bird nests, you need to unwind the spool and wind it backward. It would help if you encountered hardly any bird nests after you've gotten the hang of using your reel and adjusted the settings.

Brakes on modern reels may be either centrifugal or magnetic, or they can be adjusted by changing the tension on the spool. Most novices won't realize that the brake they need isn't even a part of the reel, yet there it is. When first learning to baitcasting, everyone uses their thumb as a brake to keep the spool from spinning too quickly. If you stick with it, you won't need to use your thumb on every throw for very long as you learn the settings.


The maximum drag of a reel is another critical aspect to think about. When I was younger, I learned this the hard way when a 20-pound carp snagged my line while using my ultralight trout fishing rig. To make a long story short, the fish unwound my whole rope off the spool and shattered it.

Because different drag systems have varying ratings, knowing the size of the fish you want to catch is critical when selecting a reel. Using the tension knob, drag may be adjusted to a more manageable level; I seldom use total pain while fishing. Carbon drag washers are used in a carbon fiber drag system or a carbon matrix drag system to boost the overall torque.

If you want the most bang for your buck and the most versatility out of your high-end reel, opt for a drag rated for the biggest fish you plan on catching. Heavy lines, like braid, used in conjunction with a drag system may enable you to tackle fish more significantly than your drag system would allow if you were using fluorocarbon or monofilament line.


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