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Choosing the Right Fishing Reel

Choosing the Right Fishing Reel

Some things in life help to calm oneself. Many meditate. Some take a warm scented bath. For the others, it is going fishing. To the avid anglers, nothing beats the serenity of being on a boat and setting their pole into the water. Still waters surrounding them, and a cool breeze caressing their skin and hair from time to time. Luscious greens, blue skies, and white clouds patiently wait for their catch. What can transform this moment of serenity to one of celebration is a catch. For that, an angler needs the best fishing reels he can get.

The Significance 

Fishing is a waiting game. It can take hours before you see any action. Once it happens, you only have seconds to respond. What will determine whether you return with a great fish dinner or just a great story is the fishing reels you use. Before all that action can take place, you will need to cast your bait. Lakes can be wide, and fish can be in the farthest corners and deepest levels. If you want more chances of having a catch, your fishing reels must allow you to cast your bait at large distances. Once you get that momentous tug on your pole, whether you retrieve that catch also comes down to your fishing reel. The stronger and deeper the fish is, the more reliable your fishing reels must be.

The Types

Your fishing reels are tools in your kits. Just as how there are different types of wrenches for different scenarios, so too are there different kinds of reels. In general, there are three kinds of reels.

  • The spincast fishing reel has a closed face design, meaning all the essential parts are inside a nose cone. It tends to be the easiest to cast among all the fishing reels. It also tends to be the least pricey. Thus, the spincast fishing reel is perfect for beginners who are looking to get their feet, or more appropriately, their lines wet. You will not have to worry about backlash, twisting, or snaring with this reel. However, its ease of use is a compromise for its limited capabilities. Because of this, once they learn the ropes, most anglers transition to the next reel.
  • The spinning fishing reel is the most common. Unlike the spincast, the spinning fishing reel has an open face. Many people transition to this reel from the spincast as it is still quite easy to cast but has better versatility. It can reach farther and can handle more fish than the spincast can. The spinning fishing reel is excellent for light lures, whether artificial or live. However, its accuracy can fall short when you are going for heavier lines above 10 lbs. You may struggle with this reel if you catch a strong fish that puts up a fight. 
  • The baitcast fishing reel is what the pros use. Because of its advanced design, you need excellent angler skills for the baitcast to be effective in your hands. The baitcast has the best accuracy and reach among all three reels. It is strong enough to handle larger lures and fish that can put up a fight. As the saying goes, great power comes with great responsibility. A bad cast with this reel can result in backlash or a tangle, forcing you to cut the entire spool.

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, no fisher or angler can have a successful trip on the water without the right reel. Assess your skills and circumstances so you can make the right choice for your reel.

Author bio: Helen Harry is a freelance writer and a GOT fan. Apart from writing Technologies, she likes to read & write fiction. More than anything, she loves to spend her time with her family, explaining technologies to the elders.

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