Choosing a Bass Fishing Reel

Right Reels Catch More Fish

Gone are the days when Huckleberry Finn used a bamboo rod to catch that Big Bass! Even "Huck" would have trouble going fishing today if he wanted to use a reel. Choosing the right reel today is becoming a mystery. Hi-tech advances deliver so many options its hard to know which way to dance if you want to pick your perfect reel. Here are 30+ tips to find the right selection.

Spinners Still Top List Spinning reels remain popular to snag bass or any fish. They rank high for light-line fishing and certain techniques because of their performance and ease of use. But vs. bait cast reels, spinners contain more parts. You want a reel with minimal parts to reduce opportunities of mechanical breakdown. Here come the options:

Buying the Right One Reel bodies are built with one of three materials: aluminum, graphite or plastic. Aluminum is the strongest; graphite is lighter. First you must decide if strength or lightness is most important in your type of fishing.

o If you're into heavy duty fishing, aluminum should be the winner.

o Graphite is the way to go if you're into salt water fishing, because It's corrosion-resistant qualities.

o For both, make sure the reel is solidly constructed, with no loose or flimsy parts to give you mechanical problems at the wrong time. It must also have no back play, and perform smoothly.

o These last big 3 are "must haves" on all reels, at all times.

Pick the Right Reel Size

Reels come in various sizes. But rule one is: 10-pound test is the highest strength and thickness to put on any spinnig reel. (Two exceptions: this does not apply to sal ***** er fishing, or if you are into very heavy trolling.) Here are a few more points:

o The lighter the line the smaller the reel you should pack. Check to ensure that the reel and line match for optimal performance. Specifications can be found on the reel spool telling you this.

o Eight-pound test is average line strength if you jig mainly for smallmouth and walleye. So use a medium-sized reel rated for six, eight or 10 lb. test.

Gear Ratio is Important

Gear ratio, for example, is measured by the number of times the spool winds up line each time you crank the handle. If it's three times, that's a 3: 1 ratio. This is a slow speed ratio. The advantage of slow speed is it gives more torque for pulling in large fish. The style of fishing you do dictates if you need a slow, medium or high rate of retrieve. What the other ratios deliver, follows:

o For fast retrieval you want a 6: 1 ratio. Do you need high-speed? You need to know what type of fish you will chase most often.

o Most recommendations are that you pick a medium speed ratio (4 or 4.5: 1) to handle most situations.

o If the pocket book can afford it, choose at least two reels – one high speed and one slow speed – and switch depending on cir ***** stems.

Your Grand-Daddy Need

Your reel's drag system is probably the greatest key to pulling in big bass trouble free. It must apply the proper pressure when reeling in the fish, and apply the proper pressure when the fish runs. Here are the drag actions to check and how to try them:

o Make sure your drag runs "smoothly" and has a non-constrict pull. This applies when the line is going either way. Check that line pulls out steadily and with no hesitation at whatever drag pressure used. Try all the positions.

o If the line does not meet the smooth and no hesitation test, you risk snapped lines.

o Reel drags are located in one of two positions: front or rear.

o Front drags usually employ large, multiple washers that give greater performance and durability vs. rear controls.

o But rear controls can be more easily accessed when fighting fish. But, unfortunately, do not last as well if you are fighting big ones constantly and the demanding pressure they put on the drag.

Bearings Deliver Smoothness

Spinning reels containing ball bearings or bushings within the body give greater smoothness, stability, and support when turning the handle. The majority of spinning reels also has a roller bearing within the line roller. What does all this mean to the fishing enthusiast?

o More bearings mean the reel performances more smoothly. And note: stainless steel bearings vs. bushings are what you need for the best control and durability.

o The more bears your reel has the better. Try not to save money when it comes to adding this feature to your fishing gear.

o Try to find a reel with at least four ball bearings.

o You'll just be in a bad mood at the dock if a shortage of bearings means you lose the fish by trying to jerk it in rather than smoothly retrieving it.

Spools Affect Casting

Spools not only hold line. They determine how far and smoothly you will cast. Today's spools are ordinarily anodized aluminum or graphite. As said, aluminum gives you longer lasting spools. But lighter graphite gives less tiring equipment to work with due to weight. It's your choice on this one. And here are a few spool points not always considered:

o Two design types available: Internal or skirted spools.

o Internal spools are disappearing quickly into fishing history. You can still buy them. They are simply designed; but, their flaw is letting the line get tangled up within the reel housing.

o Today's more popular skirted variety helps minimize this above maddening problem.

o An intriguing design is the "long-cast spool". It is smaller than the regular spools but longer. This elongation reduces line friction, giving greater casting distance – a big advantage for clear-water or sight-fishing lakes.

o Owning an assortment of spools allows you to put a different test line on each. This allows you to easily adapt spools to fishing conditions.

Anti-Reverse Handles

And finally, in your search for fishing equipment anti-reverse handles are perfect – if not a must – for your spinning reel. Its means the handle will not spin backwards. And extra pluses are the hook sets more solidly and accurately because you do not get wobble or play in the reel handle. Most recommendations are:

o Any reel you look at when buying, if it has any play or back motion, move on. Find another reel.

And in summary!

Your reel or reels are going to your most comfortable companion when putting along in your bass boat. It's like a marriage. Pick right, treat it right, and you could have a lot of good years together.

And remember: Purchase the best you can afford. You do not need a Cadillac if you can enjoy a Chevy!

Source by Wes Browning

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