Author: Peter Wilkins
Last Updated: September, 2021
Baitcasting reels are quite a complex type of reel and can take a bit of time and practise to perfect but once you get the hang of them, they a must have in all fishermans rod and reel collection. Baitcasting reels are the reel of choice for most professional fisherman due to their larger gear ratio which provides a faster retrieve. They are ideal for precision casting and are able to handle larger lures and heavier fishing line and are the go-to reel option when chasing larger sport fish.
I must admit, the first time I tried a baitcasting reel (also know as baitcasters) I had a hard time getting the hang of it. Many times I ended up with a birdsnest of line with each cast. However with perseverance and a general understanding of how a baitcaster reel works, I too was able to perfect the art of controlling the reel spin when casting, and tweak the drag easily all with the use of only a few fingers. Even the overhead reel setup makes it a great boat rod for jigging.
So with that in mind, this guide will help you choose a suitable baitcasting reel for your level of fishing experience.
Best Baitcasting Reel Research – What Reel Is Best?
Like almost every type of reel out there, baitcasters come in a wide range of styles, sizes, brands and of course cost. When researching baitcasting reels its best to consider the following factions:
- Round vs Low-Profile
- Speed and Gears
Learn more about these factors further on in this article.