How to choose the right baitcasting reel

In lure fishing, our common problem is the choice of water drop wheel and spinning wheel. Generally, we recommend spinning reels for beginners. But no matter how skillful you are in using the spinning reel, you are still a novice in front of the baitcasting reel, so we have to follow our heart. After all, it looks good on the outside and uses a cool baitcasting reel, who wouldn't like it? Now let's get to know the water drop wheel.

1. What is the baitcasting reel

The baitcasting reel is a kind of Conventional Reel, and it is mainly used for lure fishing. Compared with the spinning reel, it has higher casting accuracy, smaller size, and easier control of the release line. The disadvantage is that throwing is not easy to master, and it is easy to become bird's nest. Generally, professional anglers use baitcasting reels in fishing.

The baitcasting reel is mainly composed of the spool, the spool release button, the drag, the spool tensioner knob, the reel handle, the line guide, the reel seat, the brake, the centrifugal brake, the magnetic brake, etc. Compared with the spinning reel, the baitcasting reel will be lighter in weight. And it has two kinds of left handle and right handle, you can choose according to your own habits.

2. The structure and function of the baitcasting reel

There are two standard classifications of baitcasting reels: one is a magnetic brake reel, the main feature is that there is a magnetic brake, which is divided into 0-10 grades, the higher the grade, the greater the braking force. There is also a centrifugal brake reel. The main feature is that the side cover is easy to open, and the braking force is controlled by adjusting the position of the brake beans. The more you push outward, the greater the braking force.

Another classification is based on the capacity and weight of the line spool.

The following is the main structure and function of the baitcasting reel: 

Histar Baitcasting Fishing Reel

Line spool: where the fishing line is placed, the fishing line is generally moved laterally and distributed on the line spool.

Handle: Control the line spool by shaking the handle.

Fingertip Star Drag: Quickly and easily adjust the 4-disc carbon drag with the large star drag. Stay in complete control with up to 22 lbs of smooth drag power. When we loosen it, the drag becomes smaller, and the spool does not rotate when the handle is shaken. When tightening, the drag becomes larger, and the spool can be rotated. When catching a big fish, we generally control the drag by adjusting it.

Micro-Click Tension Knob: Quickly and accurately adjust spool tension for any size baits and fishing conditions with the micro-adjust tension knob. Put the rod up, when we tighten it, the bait is fixed; when it is loosened, the bait will slide down, which will affect our casting.

Outlet switch: When we cast, press the button down, and the line will be fed out. When we turn the handle, the switch will reset, and then the reel will not lose the line.

Magnetic brake: The main function of this brake button is to control the rotation speed of the line spool to prevent the bird's nest from appearing. To avoid time consuming and frustrating overruns and backlashes, a quality braking system is important for any baitcasting reel. Generally, the dynamic magnetic braking system with 5-10 magnetic buttons, and is divided into 8-20 levels, the larger the number, the higher the braking force. The strategically placed magnets to optimize the magnetic affect on the ported spool and a precise dial-in-gauge for backlash control. Coupled with the spool tension knob and light thumb pressure the days of tangled bird nests are gone.


Bird's nest: When we cast, after the line is thrown, the line's speed reaches the maximum, the line starts to drag the spool to rotate, and the recoil force of the spool and the resistance of the wind will make the line start to slow down, and soon the spool speed exceeds the line speed if the spool's speed cannot be lowered at this time, it will cause "bird's nest", so the braking of our reel is particularly important.

3. The choice of the baitcasting reel

So how do we choose the baitcasting reel that suits us? There are generally several indicators:

Positioning of the baitcasting reel: We need to choose according to our target fish and fishing environment.

Braking system: The quality of the braking system determines the ease of use of the baitcasting reel. The brake systems on the market are divided into centrifugal brake, magnetic brake and electronic brake. Among them, the electronic brake has the highest stability, but the price is also the highest. The centrifugal brake has the highest long-range cast, and the price will be higher than that of the magnetic brake.

Gear ratio:  The ratio of the number of rotations of a driver gear to the number of rotations of a driven gear inside the baitcasting reel. The higher the speed ratio, the longer the take-up length of shaking the reel. Common gear ratios are 5, 6, 7, 8, and higher. The choice of gear ratio needs to be selected according to our bait and fishing environment. When we use hard lures such as minnow, jigbait, pencil, etc., the low gear ratio will be more suitable. When we are fishing in an environment with many obstacles,  we need to take up the line quickly, and the high gear ratio is more suitable. Beginners will recommend a 7.2 gear ratio reel, the take-up speed is moderate, and the fault tolerance during operation is also higher.

Left and right handle reel: the left handle reel is the left-hand, otherwise it is the right-hand, we can choose according to our own habits.

The above are some of our introductions and purchase suggestions about the baitcasting reel.

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