Choosing the Right Fishing Reel
Fishing reels have become a tackle market in of themselves. For the new fishermen, the variety of reels can be somewhat overwhelming. Not only do you have to contend with a wide range of manufacturers, but if you settle on one you’re still faced with the endless array of spinning reels, bait casting reels and then there are the endless numbers of reel designs. How do you decide which one is best suited for your individual needs?
For freshwater and light salt water use, determine whether you are going to use a reel designed for bait casting or spinning. Bait-casting reels are a very common choice among bass anglers, in view of the fact that they hold heavy lines and have a lot of cranking power. This is very helpful when you are pulling fish out of hiding. However, bait-casting reels are not normally a good choice when you plan to fish with light lines or lures. You should take some time practicing your cast in the backyard to become skilled at how to cast this kind of reel correctly and to find out how to avoid spool overruns or “birds nests”.
If you plan to fish with lighter lines, smaller lures, and smaller baits, then a spinning reel is the best choice for you. These reels easily handle smaller diameter lines like 2–10 lb. test. They are very well liked among trout fisherman and walleye anglers for this reason. Bass anglers are beginning to make use of spinning equipment more frequently; particularly with the increased attractiveness of finesse methods such as drop shotting.
Saltwater fishermen demand lines that will enable them to catch larger fish. Line diameter is almost always larger for this type of fish. Bait casting reels are the most commonly used for saltwater and are often called by the name “conventional reel”. Advancements over the years have resulted in reels that are suitable for bottom fishing or trolling. This negates any need to cast the bait or lures to distances. The bait casting reel offers superior cranking power and enables you to secure that larger fish.
Many reel manufacturers will produce a specific reel model in numerous sizes to hold diverse rods and lines. Spinning reels are typically sized numerically, beginning with 1000 and going up to 6000. The size of the reel increases accordingly, with 1000 being the smallest and 6000 being the biggest. A smaller reel will have a smaller spool, so it makes sense that you would have to use smaller line diameter. Many reels will have line rating suggestions on the label, and will tell you how much line the spool will hold.
Bait-casting reels for freshwater and light saltwater are typically numbered with a three-number sequence such as 100, 200, and so on. Higher numbers are frequently used, but the common naming rule is usually a three-digit number. Conventional reels appear to use a two-digit number like 30, 40 and 50 customarily. The same idea that increasing the number increases the size is still relevant. The reel or reel box should be clearly marked with line rating and line diameter suggestions.
These handy tips should help you find the right reel for your needs. Keep in mind that selecting a fishing reel resembles finding the correct golf club. Like you would not choose a 5-wood to do a pitching wedge’s job, mull over what job your reel needs to do in order to make the best decision.
Shimano Sustain SA6000FG Spinning Reel – J&H Tackle