7 Tips to Find the Right Fishing Reel

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Fishing Reel, the First Tool for Angling

You can go to a store and buy a fishing reel without thinking at all and many times the reel may even work for you, but to make sure you get the right fishing reel for your need you will have to do some thinking before you buy it. Not all fishing reel will perform well for all kinds of fishing. And some reels will work for few different kinds of fishing. In this article I have tried to identify seven key points to consider when choosing the right fishing reel.

1. Fishing Reel with Non-slip Grip

A good fishing reel will always have non slip grips on both the hand crank and the reel arm where your will hold. When fishing your hand will get wet, non slip grips will make sure that you wont have to worry about loosing control of the reel and will have a great grip when fishing.

2. Ball bearings

Most important part of any reel you will buy today is ball bearings in them. They controls the smoothness of the retrieve and how fast the reel can stop. The more ball bearings the wheel will have the smoother the retrieval will be. In most low end reels there will be two ball bearings, the mid-range fishing reels will have 3 to 4 bearings, the top end fishing reels will have 5 or more. Another thing depends on ball bearings is, how much the fishing reel spins backward when you stops spinning the reel. You want it to be the least possible. A simple way to test it is, spin the reel a little bit, then let go of the crank handle, pull the line lightly, if the reel turns in opposite direction (not the spool), the ball bearings are not doing their job very well. The more ball bearings a reel will have, the less unwinding will happen. This is very important because this can cause a line to break when a fish pulls the line suddenly and of course it affects your control.

3. Line capacity

In most cases, the size of the spool will determine how much line can be put in the fishing reel you are buying. Read the labels on the reel pack, it will have all the info you need to know to decide which fishing line to buy for the reel. The two key info to look for are the max pound of test the reel will take and the length of line can be put on the wheel. Its important to have a reel that is built for the line weight you will use. If you want to use a 30 lb line on a reel designed for 8 lb line, you will be fighting with your gear not with fish. In most cases you will be fine using a low lb rated fishing line with a high rated reel, but if you do the opposite you will have a mess. Its important to remember when you fill reel with new lines, you have to leave some empty space on the top. If your fishing line comes all the way to the edge of the spool, your line will get tangled every few minutes.

4. Spinning vs. Bait caster

When deciding between spinning reel or bait caster reel, you will have to think about the kind of fishing you will be doing. Different fishing reels are designed to give different effect with the lures and baits they are used with. Large plugs and bait style lures are commonly used for bass fishing, bait casting reel works very good with them. With these reels you can have a better control on your cast and they wont create too much action on the lures. In the other hand, spinning reels will create more action on the lures. They work better for trolling , casting spoons and spinners.

5. Size and species of fish

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the type of fishing you want to go for is important. The size of fish is also an important point to think about when choosing the right reel. Different species of fish will behave different when fishing, the fight they will put up will also be different then each other. A 4 lb bass will behave completely different than a 4 lb cat fish. Also if you fish in areas filled with underwater obstacles that will snag your fishing hook, you might want to get a sturdier fishing reel than you would in clear water.

6. Reel size and weight

Going back to your fishing style again. If you fish all day every time you go fishing, you might want to get a light weight reel. But if you prefer fishing by trolling most of the times, you could go for a heavier reel. Also if you use lure and keep casting, light reel is a better choice, but if you prefer to use bait, make a cast and sit down and relax with a beer, a heavier reel will work just fine for you. How much fishing line you will put on the reel is very important to think about.

7. The fishing rod for the reel

No matter what fishing reel you buy for your needs, your fishing reel must marry the fishing rod you will use. Different fishing rod will have different connection system for the reel. You must make sure you are buying the right fishing reel for the right fishing rod. Also size and capacity of the reel and rod must match. Usually all fishing rod will have info about what fishing reel should go with them.

Tip from the Brave Angler:

To save money use mono filament fishing lines. They work just fine. But if you are willing to spend some extra bucks, you might want to get the braided lines. They are stronger, lighter and last way longer than mono filament lines. They will take your cast a lot farther than mono filament lines. They will keep your fishing reel lighter. But be very careful when handling a fish hooked with a braided line, it can cut your hand like a razor.