Baitcasting reels are by far the most popular reels and are considered the standard for catching bass.
Stay away from the really cheap reels if you want it to last a long time. Cheap reels are best for weekend trips or one-time use. Use a monofilament line with the appropriate test for your targeted fish.
Fill the spool to the half way mark. There is good reason for doing so. A spool with a full spool will spin faster and longer and spinning too long will causes backlashes.
The trickiest thing to get down with the baitcast reel is how to use your thumb. You're the thumb rides and guides the line and is instrumental in holding back the bail on casting. For those unfamiliar with the baitcasting reel, it will take a few outings to get used to the reel. The best way to practice is find an open field and equip the line with a sinker and practice casting and retrieval.
Baitcasting reels have many strengths. They can easily manage heavy test lines and the reel can handle a lot of stress. The use of the bail allow more control of the lure and the overall placement of the reel on the rod. However, these reels are highly susceptible to blacklash and there are a lot of parts to clean.
Irregardless of the strength of the reel, it is their purpose that matters most. They are designed for lake fishing, especially species like bass.
The baitcaster reel has a lot of internal parts and requires lubrication. Proper maintenance increases the life of the reel and will allow it to cast longer. It engages the gears to engage with little resistance and prevents sticking.
A good fly fishing reels have a better rate of retrieve due largely to larger reels as one crank will retrieves more line. However, a multiplying fly fishing reel is built to turn the spool two times every crank. If fast retrieval is important, go with a
multiplying reel. Also, increasing the diameter of the line increases its odds of being coiled. As larger reels turn more slowly than a smaller one, it is easier to control.
When you hook a large fish, the reel will keep you from losing. The question is which reel is right for you most of the time.
Experienced anglers are often switching out one line type for another depending on the fish they want to catch. Instead of reeling out the existing line and putting on a new one, they will keep several reels handy, which will save much time out on a fishing excursion.
High quality fly reels last a lifetime, a good quality fly reel won't last as long, but will survival five plus years at a more affordable cost and a low quality reel, those under US$50 are perfect for fishing small watersheds for small panfish and trout. High quality reels will cost over US$200. Don't spend this much on a reel unless you know what you need of a reel.
Strength and durability are not the only aspects of a reel. The quality of the reel finish is important as it will resist corrosion. When fly fishing salt water, go with at least a good quality reel as the low end models have a thin layer of protection which salt and sun will quickly eliminate.
Clean you reel after every use, especially in saltwater conditions. And like regular maintenance on a car, clean and grease the reel after a few months. High quality reels will only last a lifetime if they are cared for.
Ice Fishing Tip-Up Reel
The best type of reel for ice fishing is an ultralight reel. It's size and shape will complement the rod and allow the line to run true through the rod guides. Ice fishing balance is critical. Everything from the rod to the line is about ultra-light gear. The rod, line and reel must compliment each other along with the lures.
Before embarking on your first ice fishing trip of the year, grease up the reel with a cold weather lube.
Spinning Reel - Front Drag
Front drag reels of lake and sea fishing. This reel works well for catching many lake game fish such as bass, trout, white fish and works well for fishing in streams and rivers equally as well.
Some anglers will argue that front drag is better than rear drag reels, but assuming that the construction and materials are equal on both, it is a matter of preference as to which reel is better for a given angler.
However, that being said, there is some empirical evidence suggesting that front drag reels have fewer problems and are less likely to lock up. They are also easier to repair than rear drag reels. The front drag system uses larger washers and will dissipate heat better with a heavy load.
In a front drag configuration, the release switch is located on the back of the reel. In most rear drag reels, this switch is located on the bottom of the reel. Even with empirical evidence, selecting a front drag reel over a rear drag reel is essentially a matter of preference.
Spinning Reel - Free Spool
Unlike other reels, the handle remains motionless during casting and the gears then engage when reeling in the line. Some reels disengage the gears when casting. And as can be imagines, the fish on a strike would just pull out the line until the gears were reinstated. However, most new free spool reels don't do this anymore.
Free spool reels are free running and there is little resistance to overcome. They can be taken apart easily as the mechanism is located in the head of the reel. For those who frequently suffer from backlash, consider using a Free spool reel as it has an anti-backlash device that is considered superior, by many angling authorities, than devices that work on friction.
The principle behind the free spool reel is popular with offshore fishing. Cleaning and maintenance is the same as that found in other bait-casting reels. The term free spool reel is more about describing a feature rather than a specific reel type as many different types of reels now incorporate this technology in their high quality products, rather than low-end reels.
Spinning Reel - Rear Drag
Rear drag reels keeps the rod tip high and keeps watching the line or fish while your left hand can feel for the drag in the rear.
Rear drag reels are less reliable than front drag reels. The rear drag applies pressure on a small diameter drive shaft. However, the rear-drag reels are easier to adjust when fighting a fish. Use the drag system while working a lure, but the moment the hook is set, try disengaging the drag system. When the fish lunges, pull the reel backwards.
Sea Fishing Reels
Sea-fishing reels have many varieties. The multiplier type reel is located on top of the rod. The reel's clutch allows an angler to turn the reel up to five times with a single turn of the handle.
The star-drag mechanism in the Penn Senator reels would often overheat and require cooling. It is common for these reels to produce heat from the friction. All modern reels have solved this problem. A level is incorporated in modern reels that increase or reduce friction and have graphite plates to dissipate heat.
Sea bound reels require are built stronger and more durable than inland based reels. However, quality is always a factor. Due to the cost of outings and the gear involved, do not cheap out on the rod. Know the fish you want to catch and select a reel appropriate for the toughest fight and remember it is all about balance. The most affordable item in the system of rod, reel and tackle can mean the difference between landing a large marlin and going home empty.