What fishing reel to buy: picking out the best ones
Buying a fishing reel.
Buying a fishing reel isn’t something you do lightly or on a whim. For an angler, it’s the most crucial part of your set-up. You need to put some time into selecting the right equipment that’ll do what you need it to do. Consider the reel style and its handles and bearings, its retrieve ratio, the spool’s drag system, and the line clips and lay. Feel free to click here to see more
Match the reel to the intended use.
This is no simple matter of looking through the bargains. You must take location into account and select your reel accordingly. A reel that will get you perfect results in salt water might fail spectacularly when faced with a river, and vice versa. Take into account also the amount of time you intend to spend fishing. Do you plan to spend many relaxed hours at it or just a short competitive burst? If you want to spend an entire day angling, then a lighter reel may suit you better, as it will enable you to hold the rod for extended periods of time without growing tired. And obviously you want a reel that matches your rod; it won’t do you any good to have a heavy reel on a light rod.
Choose fixed or free spool, or closed face or centrepin reel. With its ability to hold varying strengths of line, a fixed spool is the most versatile, and you can depend on it to handle different techniques and practices. This is the reel to choose if you plan to utilize a variety of techniques. Free spools are much the same but these come with an additional drag system which enables you to control your line’s tension. This also adds weight to the rod. Closed face reels are contrasty very light and offer stupendous control. Centrepin reels are also phenomenal for control and most suited to float fishing. Consider also the reel’s bearings and its handles; there are many types of handles on the markets so you will have to examine the different options on offer and choose which one is best for you.
A small reel (spinning reel size: 10-35 or 1000-3500) is best suited to light fishing in rivers and harbors, for catch such as trout and bream. A reel spinning size of 20 or 2000 is appropriate for catching fish such as bass and perch with those in the larger end suitable for fish such as tarwhine. A medium reel (spinning size: 40-55 or 4000-5500) is also good for light fishing and suited to catch larger fish such as snapper and cod. Large spin reels can come in sizes of 60 or 6000 up to 105 or 10500, and these are more suitable for heavy fishing and boat fishing, for catch such as mackerel, tuna, and sharks.
In general, most fishing reels have a ratio of 4.8:1 to 5.4:1 while fixed spools typically have a ratio of 5.2:1. Specialised reels may have a slower ratio. A ratio of 4:1 will give you a more powerful effect; these are suitable if you intend to catch larger, stronger fish.
These control the tightening of the spool. They are placed either on the spool’s front or rear. Front drag systems are suitable for competitive angling while rear reels work best for low-intensity hobbyists.
Consider all these things carefully and plan your purchase. Take into account what you will be using the reel for and what results you expect to get. Research thoroughly, and select the reel that is best for your own unique requirements.