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BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Types Of Fishing Reels

BEGINNER’S GUIDE: Types Of Fishing Reels

Fishing reels are an essential piece of equipment for any angler. They come in different types, each with its own unique features and benefits. In this article, we will be discussing the differences and benefits of each type of fishing reel, so you can make an informed decision when choosing the right one for you. The most common types of fishing reels are:



The most popular type of fishing reel, and for good reason, they are easy to use, making them perfect for beginners. Spinning reels are best for casting lightweight lures and baits and are a great option for freshwater fishing. They are versatile and can be used for various types of fish. When using a spinning reel, the line is looped onto a fixed spool that is attached to the reel. This makes casting easy, as the angler only needs to hold the line with their finger while casting.



Baitcasting reels, on the other hand, are designed for more experienced anglers. They are used for casting heavier lures and baits and offer greater control and accuracy. Baitcasting reels can be challenging to use, but with practice, they can be a great option for bass fishing. They are also great for freshwater and saltwater fishing and can be used to catch larger fish.

Baitcasting reels have a spool that rotates as the line is cast, which can make casting more difficult for beginners. However, once mastered, baitcasting reels can provide greater control and accuracy when casting.



Spin cast reels are a hybrid of spinning and baitcasting reels. They are easy to use and are a good choice for beginners who want to try baitcasting. Spin cast reels are great for freshwater fishing and are often used for panfish and bass. They are also great for kids, who are just starting to learn to fish. They are easy to use and have a simple push-button design that makes them easy for kids to use.



Fly reels are specifically designed for fly fishing. They have a larger spool and a drag system to control the line when fighting a fish. Fly reels are perfect for trout and bass fishing in freshwater and saltwater. Fly reels use a fly line that is much thinner than traditional fishing lines, which makes casting a fly more delicate.



As the name implies, the Overhead Jigging Reel is placed above the fishing rod. It is a specialized type of reel that is designed for catching fish using the jigging technique.

Jigging is a fishing method that involves using a weighted lure or "jig" that is rapidly jerked up and down in the water to mimic the movement of a live baitfish.

The Overhead Jigging Reel has a robust frame, a large spool, a high gear ratio, a powerful drag system, a comfortable handle knob, and a brake system that allows the angler to have better control of the jigging action.



Trolling reels are used for trolling and are typically large and durable. They are mounted on the boat and have a high line capacity. Ideal for saltwater fishing and fishing in deep waters where larger fish are found. It is often used for big game fishing and used to catch big pelagic fishes like tuna, marlin, sailfish, and even sharks too.


To sum up, it is important to consider the type of fish you're targeting, the type of fishing you are into, and your skill level when choosing the right fishing reel. With so many options to choose from, there's a fishing reel for every angler. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced angler, you can find a fishing reel that will meet your needs and is perfect for you.


Find out How to Pick the Right Fishing Reel for You here.


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