May 23

baitcasting reelDo you want to use different artificial lures while fishing? If so, baitcasting reels, also known as baitcasters, might be just what you should be looking for. They do take patience and time to master, but in return these reels allow anglers to stop a lure in midair and cast very precisely. If you’ve already decided to buy a baitcaster, I would like to share some tips on choosing the right one for your angling needs.

Gear ratio is a factor that has an effect on the speed of angler’s lure retrieve. Basically, it’s the number of times the spool will turn over if you rotate the handle once.  For example, if you get the 5:1 ratio, during a single handle rotation the spool will turn five times. Most baitcasting reels have the ratio on their body and that will make it easier for you to select the right one. What ratio should you be looking for? In general, 6:1 (and higher) is considered quite fast, 5:1 is average, whereas 4:1 is pretty slow. Depending on the type of lures anglers use they should select the ratio. For example, for soft plastics, jugs and rigs an averagely fast retrieve is recommended, while you need a slower one (even as low as 3:1) if you use large spinnerbaits or diving crankbaits.

Secondly, baitcasting reel’s spool size is something to take into consideration. In short, larger the fish, larger the required spool. For fishing stronger and larger fish, it’s necessary to have a heavy line and it does take up more space on spool. In that case, opt for a baitcasting reel with a nice deep spool that’s capable of holding all the line you’ll ever need. On the other hand, bass fishing calls for a lighter line and, logically, a baitcasting reel with smaller spool.

Finally, keep in mind that baticasting reels should feel comfortable in your hands if you want to angle effectively. Take your time, try out different reels and test out their mechanism to be sure you’ll buy the right one.