Purchasing a fishing reel isn’t difficult at all, but you do have to think a bit and consider what type of fishing you will be doing. Different kinds of fishing and many species of fish require different fishing gear and equipment. This article will give you 7 tips on buying reels so that you get that is just right for you.
- Good Grips: You need to be sure that the are non-slip grips on both the hand-crank and on the arm of the reel. This ensures that when your hands get wet, you can still have solid control over the reel and don’t have to worry about it slipping out of your hands.
- Ball Bearings: They are one of the most important parts of any reel you buy. Basically put they control two things: the smooth of retrieval, and the stop-speed of the reel. Basically, the more ball bearings you have in the reel, the smoother the retrieve will be. Ball bearings also influence is how much the reel spins backwards after you stop winding in your line. You want this to be as little as possible since it affects your control over the line and lure. A simple test is to reel your little line and let go of the crank handle. Now, pull line out of the reel. If the handle turns backwards, you will have less control. More ball bearings means that this ‘unwinding’ is reduced – which is very important.
- Line Capacity: You need to check the line capacity of any reel for two key bits of information. First, the maximum lb. test the reel will hold, and then how many yards of line can be put on the reel. You want to have a reel that is designed for the line weight you are going to use. Trying to put 20 lb. test line on a reel designed for 6 lb. test will only give you headaches.
- Baitcaster: The type of reel you use affects the type of fishing you will be doing. Reels are designed for different purposes and produce different effects on the lures and bait that you use. If you are fishing large plugs and bait style lures, which are commonly used with bass fishing, a baitcasting reel is probably what you’re looking for. These reels don’t produce too much action in the lure, and allow very accurate casting control. Spinning reels on the other hand are designed to transfer action into the lure from the reel, and are used commonly with trolling, and casting spoons and spinner type lures.
- Type of fishing: This relates back to the point above. They type of fishing you plan on doing is important, but so is the size and type of fish you are going after. Different species are not only different in size, but also in their overall strength and fighting attitude. Literally, a 3 lb. musky will react differently than a 3 lb. small-mouth bass and as a result different reels could or should be used. Likewise if the areas you fish are loaded with underwater hazards and structures that will snag hooks, you may want to get a sturdier reel than if you always fish in open, clear waters.