Best Baitcasting Reels 2021: Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

Anglers who prefer larger fishing lures and complicated techniques should turn their attention to rods with baitcasting reels or, even better, individual baitcasting reels that can be installed on any compatible rods of your choice.

Good baitcasting reels not only afford you a high degree of lure control to improve lure placement accuracy but they’re also kind on your wallet.

Best Baitcasting Reels 2020

We’ve picked out a selection of baitcasting reels for you to consider and wrote a descriptive entry about each of them, allowing you to read up on them and make a more informed decision.

If you’re new to these reels or just want to brush up on your angling knowledge, we’ve also included information about how certain reels are better than others.

OUR TOP PICK

Abu Garcia 1430429 Revo SX Low Profile Baitcasting Reel, 7.3: 1 Gear Ratio, 30' Retrieve Rate, 24 lb Max Drag, 10 Bearings, Right Hand

At third place is the Revo SX baitcasting reel by Abu Garcia, a great all-rounder reel that should fall within most anglers’ budgets.

This model in particular is Abu Garcia’s most popular and successful, and that’s no fluke. They’re easy to palm whilst being lightweight, and they even retail in two differing gear ratios to appeal to a wider variety of fishermen.

Those ratios are the 6.6:1 and the 7.3:1. The first is best for all sorts of fishing techniques you may want to deploy, turning the reel into a workhorse that’s capable of multiple fishing styles.

The second is better for jig flipping or the general use of softer plastic baits, since it’ll allow you to get more out of your cast and add appealing movement when using topwater bait.

As of the Revo SX’s newest model, they have a D2 Duragear brass gear that extends the gear life of these reels, arguably the most important component of the reel since it facilitates its turning motion.

The reel is topped off with hard, friction-eliminating coatings on the pawl and pinion of these reels.

It also utilizes nine plus one ball bearings for a smoother operation and an Infini magnetic brake system on its side plate to make it responsive to your stop and go commands.

Those side plates are also made from C6 carbon, reducing the total weight of the reels without sacrificing durability.

All these features above turn the Abu Garcia Revo SX into a versatile and performance-based reel that doesn’t break the bank, and you should get a lot of use out of them to justify the purchase regardless.

EDITORS CHOICE

Lews TS1HMB Fishing Tournament MB Baitcast Reel

We mentioned in the previous Lew’s entry that there was yet another of their reels coming up and here it is, the Lew’s Tournament MB Special Spool.

It’s ideal for those who are serious about their fishing and want a tournament-grade angling experience but are concerned that they can’t foot the bill of higher-end, premium reels.

Like much of Lew's catalog, the Tournament MB is great for distance casting without you having to put too much effort into it.

This works great when using crankbaits or light jerkbaits. 

The Tournament MB also benefits from Lew’s Lighter, Faster, Stronger construction mantra that sees this reel forged from a single piece of aluminum framing that’s combined with a drilled and anodized aluminum spool for added environmental durability whilst remaining lightweight.

We’d suggest you consider this reel if you’re an avid bass angler since it’s an exceptionally easy reel to handle and control.

It’s compact, palms easy, yet the handle features oversized knobs that are great for dragging larger fish out of their cover.

This doesn’t mean the reel is a blunt instrument, however, since you can fine-tune its brakes to meet your preferred fishing style. It’s easily done by tweaking four pins found on its graphite side plate and an accompanying adjustment dial.

BEST VALUE

Daiwa Tatula CT 8BB, 7.3:1, Baitcast Fishing Reel, Right Hand - TACT100HS

The eighth reel we’ve chosen to show you is the Daiwa Tatula CT Baitcasting Reel, an innovative little model that uses its own T-Wing casting system.

It takes some getting used to if you’re inexperienced with reels that flip open and shut when casting, but once you’ve gotten used to it, you’ll be rewarded with a further casting distance.

The T-Wing setup is a special line guide design that not only reduces friction and cast obstruction, they also maintain a level line so that the line can be retrieved without it catching or knotting.

It flips up into the casting position, which opens up a wide slot so that the line can flow through easier on the cast. 

The slot is bigger than the usually small hole that other baitcasting reels often have, so with this reel the line is much less restricted.

When retrieving, the T-Wing then flips downwards to hold the line in a narrow groove, leveling it so that there’s very little chance of it moving and tangling itself.

The casting and retrieving actions are smooth thanks to the eight bearings built into the reel and they stop on a dime because of the Magforce-X casting brakes they have, making them a super-responsive reel option.

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Ardent AA65RBA Apex Elite 6.5:1 Baitcasting Fishing Reel - Right Handed

Last but not least we have the Ardent Apex Elite Fishing Reel. Ardent’s Apex series is a great set of reels that they offer, and the Elite is their second best. There isn’t any functional difference between the second best and the best, the Ardent Apex Grand, since it’s only available in different colors and only one gear ratio.

So that’s why we’re sticking with the Ardent Apex Elite. It gives you the same functionality for less and is capable of more gear ratios than the Grand, supporting both 6.5:1 and 5.3:1 speed. It also has a twelve plus one bearing system that helps this model cast further and eliminates any complications that can arise during distance casting.

As for the reel’s construction, it’s made with an aluminum frame and spool to be lightweight yet durable. To the same end, the handles of the reel are also carbon fiber and the knobs have EVA foam padding on them, making them sit easier in your hand and softer to hold where they’d otherwise dig in under the stress of a cast.

The flex-free frame ensures that the reel won’t become misshapen or in any way distorted by the pressures applied to it during casting and retrieval. Its 270-degree magnetic brake dial can be used to establish what level of break you want and, once that’s been decided, it’ll be responsive and stop instantly.

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Shimano Citica 201 I, Baitcast Fishing Reel Left Hand, CI201I

Next is another reel from Shimano, this time the Shimano Citica I. This reel model builds on Shimano’s long history of delivering reliable and durable reels capable of performing.

They’re also great for longevity, especially if you’re ready and willing to clean and/or replace the bearings on them to add a few years of use.

They’re tough for reels at this price, so they should pay for themselves twice over in terms of how long they’ll last.

Throughout their lifetime they’ll provide you with a smooth casting experience whilst at the same time stopping when you want it to.

This is because of its adjustable Infinity SVS braking system that allows you to tailor its performance to your preference.

The spool itself is Shimano’s S3D spool, a stable model that uses S-A-RB bearings to increase the smoothness of both casting and retrieving.

An X-Ship pinion is also used, which not only improves gear durability, but it also maintains a more precise alignment with the other inner workings of the reel, such as the drive gear.

This allows the reel to retain its position if and when you’re engaged in a tense reeling match with a fish.

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Shimano Chronarch MGL Low Profile Baitcasting Fishing Reels, Gear Ratio: 6.2:1, Retrieve: Right Hand (CHMGL150)

The first baitcasting reel we have for your consideration is the Shimano Chronarch MGL 150, a medium price range reel that makes up for its price with its performance.

It’s one of the more expensive models on this list, but it doesn’t cost anywhere near the higher-end magnesium-framed reels available.

This leaves you with a high-quality product that delivers a high performance for a lower price, a perfect intersection of capability and affordability that’s sure to delight many anglers.

It only weighs 6.5 ounces thanks to its carbon composite frame, making it lightweight yet heavy on enhanced fishers.

One of these is the inclusion of Shimano’s reputable high-end reels with the MGL in particular retailing with an X-Ship gear arrangement that makes the reels stabler than others, and so stronger.

Other features include the namesake of this reel, its MGL (or Magnumlite) Spool, which reduces the necessary casting effort on your part by an entire tenth.

There’s also the Micro Module gearing, which is designed to retrieve your line smoothly, reducing complications and allowing you to reel in with some added strength and stability.

Dartanium II drag washers add to the smoothness of these reels and are also super adjustable.

Its SVS Infinity braking system ensures that this reel can stop on a dime, perfect for accurate and responsive reel control when it counts.

Even the braking action is adjustable via an openable side plate that features four internal braking options, allowing you to change them up depending on the fish you’re angling for, and so adding even more versatility to this reel set.

We’d describe the Chronarch MGL 150 as a workhorse reel, perfect for those who need reliable and variable performances without breaking the bank and without straining their rod with a heavy reel model.


We’d suggest it’s a particularly good choice if you’re using relatively weightless plastic lures, or finesse lures, though flipping and pitching are more than possible with these too once you’ve gotten to grips with them.

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Abu Garcia REVO4 STX Revo STX Low Profile Fishing Reel

Here we have another reel from Abu Garcia, and also part of the Revo range. This time it’s the STX, an upgraded model with high-end bearings and a brake system that supports three separate gearing ratios, those being 6.4, 7.1, and 8.0:1.

It’s a tuned-up version of the Revo SX that we put at the number three spot on this list, though note that we’ve put it lower down since we think most anglers can get what they want out of the Revo SX for a cheaper price.

Part of this upgrade is that third ratio, the old Revo SX only being capable of two, so this model is a shoo-in if you need a higher 8.0:1 gear ratio.

Despite this, the reel weight has dropped by 0.3 ounces, from 6.9 to 6.4. It also does its work with unparalleled smoothness thanks to the ten plus one bearings that can be found in the reel.

The aforementioned braking system is by far the biggest difference between the Revo SX and the Revo STX.

This is because the STX’s braking uses a magnetic system to stop sooner, which is only helped by the Infini brake system that’s seen an upgrade since the SX.

The reel is easy to palm and a carbon matrix drag system means that it won’t feel heavy when you do it. A D2 Gear Design also maximizes your hook setting power, as well as how forceful, and so effective, your cranking action is.

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TEMPO Vertix LP, High-Tech Innovative Baitcasting Reel, 9 + 1 BB, Low Profile & Lightweight, Powerful & Durable, 6.6:1 Gear Ratio, Great Value!(L Orange)…

This is one of the best baitcasting reels available in the market which is known for its high performance.

Being in the industry for manufacturing rods and reels for the past 50 years, Tempo provides externally adjustable braking system that also offers maximum casting distance which minimizes the chances of backlashes considerably, thus balancing performance with flexibility.

There is a braid-ready machined aluminum spool offering a great retrieve without the usual line slips. There is a 6.6:1 gear ratio and long-lasting brass pinion gear that will ensure a very smooth operating reel.

Pros

  • This has a smooth retrieve and casting which is possible due to its 9 high-quality ball bearings that are made up of stainless steel and also a 1 instant anti-reverse bearing which deliver the maximum smoothness during the retrieval.

  • The design is comfortable and ergonomic.

  • The reel of Vertix LP is very compact and enables you to very easily palm the reel for maximizing the user’s comfort during the course of fishing.

  • The Vertix LP has a drag which is made up of carbon fiber that is very powerful and smooth. A max drag of 20 lbs. will help in controlling those fishes which are larger in size.

  • This product comes with a satisfaction liability period of 1 year and also a 30-day absolutely risk-free trial to provide you with complete peace of mind.

  • This is very easy to learn.

Cons

  • Some consumers find the price to be high.

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KastKing Royale Legend II Baitcasting Reels, Gear Ratio 5.4:1, Right Handed Fishing Reel

KastKing is known for its commendable engineering and offers the best fishing reel which is totally redesigned for optimum performance, comfort and durability.

KastKing Royale Legend II is considered to be one of the best baitcasting reels having a graphite frame.

Also, the side frames are very compact and of palmable shape. This baitcasting reel is also equipped with 8 magnetic button braking system that has ten levels of brake adjustment.

This maximizes the distance of the casting while minimizing any issues especially under less than perfect fishing conditions.

Performance improvement was indeed the core objective when this Royal Legend II baitcasting fishing reel was developed. The overall durability, strength and cranking smoothness of this is amazing and enjoys rave reviews by its users.

Pros

  • This baitcasting reel is lighter and faster. The 5.4:1 gear is absolutely perfect for the crankbaits & the 7.2:1 gear ratio model is ideal for picking up the fishing line at 29.8” in every turn and is great for burning baits and pitching jigs.

  • This baitcasting reel is certainly stronger as it is well-equipped with the main shaft which is made up of extra-hard stainless steel.

  • The braking system of KastKing Royal Legend II is dynamic and is equipped with eight magnetic buttons as compared to just around six in most of the other reels.

Cons

  • It takes time to learn and for most of the consumers, the learning curve is gradual.

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KastKing Spartacus Plus Baitcasting Fishing Reel,Rubber Cork Version,Right Handed Reel

KastKing Spartacus Baitcasting Fishing Reel is a high performance, high-quality baitcasters which are known for its precision in making and affordable innovation.

It has magnetic dual brake system, carbon fiber drags, 6.3:1 gear ratio and 11+1 stainless steel shielded the ball bearings.

The durable brass gears, instant stop anti-reverse and CNC aluminum spool offer the most promising baitcasting reel for you. This bait also provides a left-handed option for left-handed people.

The KastKing Spartacus components are corrosion resistant and have the ability to give you hours on end of the fish fighting performance. This can be suitably used both in saltwater as well as freshwater.

Pros

  • The Spartacus baitcasting reel like its gladiator name has proved to have a very efficient functioning. The reason for the same is that several dynamic features are added to this which adds to its efficiency.

  • This baitcasting reel is very powerful due to its very efficient micro-cast dual centrifugal & magnetic brakes. Also, the tournament-ready drag made up of carbon fiber enhances its power of fish stopping.

  • The KastKing Spartacus baitcasting reel is superiorly shielded with 11+1 corrosion-resistant ball bearings, CNC machined aluminum spool for the purpose of smooth casting, hi-grade rubber cork handle knobs and powerful precision matched brass gears.

  • The functioning of this one of the best baitcasting reel is phenomenal within an affordable price range.

Cons

  • Wears out pretty fast, especially the brakes.

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LEW'S (MC1SH) Fishing Mach Crush Speed Spool SLP Series, Baitcasting Reel, Fishing Reel, Fishing Gear and Equipment, Fishing Accessories

Mash Crush is considered as one of the best baitcast reels that feature the exclusive Super Low Profile (SLP) and compact Speed Spool design in a durable graphite frame. The sideplates are also made up of graphite.

This product is known for its superior and high-end performance that becomes possible due to its premium 10-bearing system which is again double-shielded with stainless steel bearings and Zero Reverse anti-reverse.

The crankshaft and gear are made out of strong solid brass. The bowed aluminum handle of 95 mm features oversized Winn Dri-Tac knobs that ensure a good no-slip grip under all circumstances.

The drag system is made up of rugged carbon and provides up to 20 lb. of drag power.

Pros

  • The Super Low Profile (SLP) frame & side plates made of graphite makes this baitcast reel a lightweight product but yet strong.

  • The Mash Crush features a double-anodized aluminum U-shaped 32-millimeter spool and is machined. This baitcasting reel is also equipped with a highly strong solid brass crankshaft and main gear which makes it a convenient speel spool fishing reel.

  • The Mash Crush is equipped with a premium 10-bearing system with double-shielded stainless-steel ball bearings. There is also a zero reverse one-way clutch bearing which makes it a preferable choice.

Cons

  • Casting distance is not as great as other Lew’s casts.

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Daiwa TACT-R100H TATULA CT Baitcast Reel, Black

This Daiwa baitcaster is considered as one of the best baitcasting reels which comes equipped with multiple gear ratios starting from 5.4:1 and extending to the highest at 8.1:1 providing it with a super smooth cast and reel.

This particular reel is very popular and is used by most professional fishermen all over the globe.

This has a max drag of 13.2 lbs and also is empowered with 8+1 ball bearing system for ultra-smooth casting which is as smooth as butter.

The USP of Tatula is that it gives the user the maximum control in order to cast exactly where you require it. The T-Wing System casting has provided this reel with a leading edge over others in its class.

The 90 mm cutout handle reduce the weight on this reel and make it very light-weighted. The clutch mechanism is completely corrosion-resistant.

The MagForce-z cast control is a very important feature of this product that adds to the efficient controlling of the device.

Pros

  • This is absolutely light-weighted and thus easy to handle.

  • There are 9 ball bearings which add to its ultra-smoothness.

  • The TWS casting system gives this model an edge over the others.

Cons

  • This is fairly expensive.

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Abu Garcia 1430443 Revo Winch Low Profile Baitcasting Reel, 5.4: 1 Gear Ratio, 22' Retrieve Rate, 24 lb Max Drag, 9 Bearings, Right Hand

The Revo Winch baitcasting reel from Abu Gracia is one of the preferred all-around reels which an angle can purchase today.

Being lightweight, this reel is not only easy to palm but also easy to get a grip on.

This reel comes with a low gear ration of 5.4:1 to make crank baiting easy for people preferring the freshwater or saltwater lakes. This also eases the resistance that high baits offer.

With dual brakes, the Revo Winch helps users to reel in the game with ease. The centrifula brake is found on the spool while the magnetic brake is located within the sideplate.

This is ultra-smooth on the cast as it is equipped with 8+1 stainless steel ball bearings. This particular reel is certainly a great option in case you are looking for complete versatility, reliability and performance in a new reel.

To add to it all, this model of best baitcasting reels does not cost a fortune.

Pros

  • This is a great tool for catfish fishing

  • Available for both left-handed and right-handed people

  • The 8+1 ball bearings make it ultra-smooth.

  • This product is available at a great pocket-friendly price.

Cons

  • The users have sometimes reported issues with the drag once used at the maximum

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Cadence CB5 Baitcasting Reels Lightweight Graphite Frame Fishing Reels with 8 Corrosion Resistant Bearings Baitcaster Reels Carbon Fiber Drag Baitcast Reels with 6.6:1 Gear Ratio Casting (CB5-R66)

When it comes to the best baitcasting reels, the Cadence CB5 provides with exceptional and unmatched performance housed in a sleek matter red or black frame.

This is surely incredible for your fishing endeavors. It is equipped with 8 corrosion-resistant bearings which contribute to its remarkably smooth operation.

The carbon fiber drag system provides a lot of power. An externally adjustable magnetic brake system would virtually eliminate the backlashes and at the same time be very quick and easy to be adjusted.

This wonderfully designed Cadence CB5 baitcasting reel is conveniently available in both right and left-hand retrieves as well as a variety of gear ratios are available.

This baitcaster can be an ideal choice for the majority of the baitcasting techniques & applications. From skipping your favorite jig to flipping and pitching and beyond, this can be used.

Pros

  • This baitcasting reel has a very comfortable and ergonomic palm compact design. This features a lightweight graphite frame and sideplates. This is ergonomically designed for the purpose of smooth gear lines in order to reduce friction.

  • Super Low Torque accounts for 30% more casting distance while reducing the effort to cast farther

  • This best baitcasting reel is composed of actual 7 ball bearings that are double-shielded and made of stainless steel. There is also a 1 instant anti-reverse bearing.

  • The Cadence CB5 baitcasting reel is readily available in a very fast 6.6 gear ratio which helps in faster retrieves and enables you to fish efficiently.

  • Aluminum spool makes the reel be free from corrosion and durable

Cons

  • The cost is on a higher side.

  • There is no bite alert feature in this reel.

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Shimano 17 Scorpion DC 101 HG (Left Handle) from Japan

This is one of the best baitcast reels with a 7.2:1 high gear ratio and has 5 S ARB bearings. Thus, the operation of this baitcasting reel is absolutely smooth.

The ball bearing used in this baitcasting reel is corrosive-resistant and thus very durable. This is available in Left Hand (LH) version which is great news for all left-handed baitcaster folks.

Pros

  • This is very lightweight and weighs 7.4 oz.

  • This is most suitable for the left-handed baitcasting folks.

  • This can be very smoothly casted in high wind.

  • The 30-inch crank adds to the convenience of usage.

Cons

  • This is expensive as compared to several other baitcasting reels.

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Pflueger President XT Low Profile Reel

This is considered as one of the best rated baitcasting reels that has low profile baitcast reels.

No detail was at all ignored during the process of developing this product. The C45 side plates really make this particular reel absolutely light-weighted, tight, comfortable in hand, and all the more durable.

The 9 bearings which are made up of corrosion-resistant stainless steel are present in this baitcasting reel. This makes its operation absolutely smooth.

This baitcasting reel is equipped with a magnetic braking system that is externally adjustable and has brake controls spool rotation & backlash.

Pros

  • The aluminum handle is made up of aircraft-grade aluminum and has extreme durability.

  • The soft-touch knob helps in gaining an excellent grip.

  • The 9-bearing system is made up of corrosion-resistant stainless steel ball bearings.

  • This is extremely light-weighted which eases its operation to a large extent.

Cons

  • Left hand models are not available

  • The drag, while smooth, is weak.

Best Baitcasting Reels Buying Guide

Factors To Look For When Buying Best Baitcasting Reels

When you are planning to buy the best baitcasting reels, it is better to go through the details of nitty-gritty for making the best purchasing decision. 

This is not at all complicated and you should thoroughly check the specs before making the buying decision finally. Here are some key factors to look for so that you can make an informed choice.

Size Of The Spool

A deeper or bigger spool is very beneficial if you prefer to fish the stiff heavy line like a 20 lb fluorocarbon. The larger the spool, it creates smaller coils of line which are easier to manage. The smaller and shallow spools are indeed the best for short line applications like pitching and flipping.

Also the material that makes up the spool should be taken in consideration too. While aluminum is used by major brands, they also tend to be on the higher end of the price scale. Look for spools that have holes for the holes makes these spools lighter in weight and easy to spin or stop.

Gear Ratio

The gear ratio is one of the crucial factors that you should look for as this tells you how many times the spool turns in one revolution of the handle. This is to be noted that the higher the gear ratio, the more line that is retrieved per handle of the handle. The most common gear ratios of the top baitcasting reels are 7.1:1, 6.4:1 and 5.3:1.

The 6.4:1 gear ratio is certainly an all-rounder and is undoubtedly an excellent choice. You can use any kind of fishing technique and bait like jigs, worms, shallow cranking, and topwater and have an excellent performance.

The lower gear ratios like 5.3:1 and 5.2:1 is great for the purpose of fishing baits which pull hard like big swimbaits & slow rolling heavy spinnerbaits. The lower gear ratio helps you to reel the bait slower and enable you to keep it in the strike zone longer.

You can also enjoy a higher torque output on these reels and make them a nice choice for moving and flipping out of cover. On the other hand, the higher gear speed ratios are critical if you need to rope in the game fast without losing speed to friction.

Size Of The Handle

The low-profile bass fishing reels does have various handle sizes. The kind of handle you require will be based on the game you plan to go after. Some of the most compact reels have shorter handles which are suitable for several applications like fishing a jig or a worm.

However, they are not suitable for handling the swimbaits or crankbaits. A longer and larger handle specifically creates greater torque for winching the fish out of the heavy covers while punching grass mats.

Tensions And Brake System

The tension knob is responsible for controlling the line at the very beginning of your cast whereas the brake system controls the line at the end of your cast.

The brakes help on casting optimally even under windy conditions. A good braking and tension system is very critical for making long casts with a wide variety of lure weights and these experience minimal backlashes.

Materials And Bearings

You should look for quality stainless-steel or ceramic ball bearings while choosing the best baitcasting reels. This is obvious that the greater number of bearings that a reel has, the smoother it will be able to cast & retrieve.

You should ideally look for reels which are absolutely light-weighted and utilize the strongest materials like magnesium, aluminum or carbon composite materials. These will deliver the best performance & durability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you finesse fish with a baitcaster?

With how baitcasting reels have been described, both in this article and online at large, many consider them to be heavy hitters, the simple but strong fishing instruments you break out when you need to haul in a heavy bass or two.

There’s merit to this idea, but baitcasters are also notoriously hard to begin using because of how accurate they are and how much control they afford you, too much control when you’re inexperienced.

If you’re looking to finesse fish, many anglers opt for spinning reels since they’re known to be the more dexterous option.

That doesn’t mean finessing fish with a baitcaster is an impossibility, however, since you can easily keep the line in place with an open baitcaster reel. You just need to avoid the fishing line tangling and knotting itself but, if you take the time to learn how to use baitcasting reels, you’ll know how to mitigate these problems anyway.

Are baitcasters only for bass?

Baitcasters are heavily associated with professional bass fishing because baitcasters have the control and the strength necessary to lift hulking twenty-pound bass, even out of the dens they hide in.

To cut through detritus in the waters that many basses inhabit, heavier fishing line is often used which again, is best used with the strength of a baitcasting reel. The same can be said for heavier baits like crankbaits and topwaters.

Many use baitcasting reels for other fish, and many bass anglers can get by with other reels under the right conditions, but baitcasting reels are the simply the best reels for the job.

If you’re unsure of what you need, a good general rule to keep in mind is that if you’re angling for a fish over ten pounds, you’re probably best off with baitcasters.

What are the four types of reels?

The four main types of reels you’ll come across when searching for fishing goods are baitcasting reels, spincast reels, spinning reels, and fly-fishing reels. We’ll only delve into the first three since fly fishing reels aren’t geared towards landing fish, instead simply having a lot of backing to store the ample fishing line you’d need.

Baitcasting reels are reels that are geared heavily towards accuracy, to the point that anglers need to get to grips with these types of reels because of how difficult they can be for newbies to control.

Like all things, practice makes perfect, and mastering a baitcasting reel pays off with unrivaled casting accuracy, no matter the weight of your lines and lures.

Spincast reels, on the other hand, are thought of as easier to use and beginner-friendly. They’re often closed, protecting the reel more but also minimizing any adjustability options you may have with baitcasting reels. They’re easily operated by applying pressure with your thumb, though the added security measures these reels have limit their distance and accuracy when casting.

Spinning reels are used by anglers of all stripes and skill levels, and feature an open-faced design that’s ideal for those who want to see the inner workings of their rods, and adds the much-needed versatility that seasoned anglers will enjoy when utilizing a variety of bait types and techniques.

The downside here is that they’re not suited for heavier lines, so bass fishers would need to look elsewhere.

Which Gear Ratio Is Most Suitable For Me?

The higher gear ratios indicate that it has a faster line retrieve. This is indeed ideal for search baits like French spinners, spinnerbaits, buzz baits and those which have long steady retrieves. This is specifically useful if you use it for fishing in the shallow water where you have to keep the bait up towards the top.

The lower gear ratio pulls the line comparatively slower. This is indeed ideal for fishing the big fishes or using baits which require more time to sink. The type of fish you plan to catch will help you decide the kind of ear speed ration you need.

What Do You Mean By A Low-Profile Variant Of Baitcasting Reel?

Most of the baitcasting reels are usually low profile. These particular reels sit close to the rod and they are usually small and lightweight.

How Would I Adjust The Drag?

Almost all the baitcasting reels have the robust mechanism of adjusting the “resistance” or drag on the spool. This specially controls the amount of force which is required for pulling the line off the reel.

The drag system is available in several varieties like the star drags or a simple drag knob is also commonly used. By opting to decrease the drag, the line will come off the spool quickly while being pulled by a fish.

What Makes A Baitcasting Reel A Great Choice When It Comes To Freshwater Fishing?

There would be several baitcasters who consider a baitcasting reel to be the most suitable for freshwater fishing. The most obvious reasons are as follows:

1. The baitcasting line is being spooled in the same direction as the line guides. This considerably decreases the friction and considerably increases the cast distance. This reduces the line memory.2. Thumb pressure is preferably used to control the cast distance.3. The brakes can be very well used for precisely controlling the free-spool friction for maximum cast distance.

Is The Gear Ratio A Significant Factor In A Baitcasting Reel?

Yes, the gear ratio is a significant factor and you should choose this depending on the kind of fishing you want to engage in. The higher gear ratios mean faster line retrieve and are helpful for spinnerbaits etc. The lower gear ratios are ideal for fishing big fishes. The commonest gear ratios in the baitcasting reels are 7.1:1, 6.4:1 and 5.3:1.

The Best Baitcasting Reels Is Certainly Important

The best baitcasting reels are certainly very important as they provide the baitcasters with the greatest efficiency, control and accuracy over the traditional spinning reels. These baitcasting reels also have a few drawbacks. So, there are several experienced anglers who prefer accuracy and tunability over the other reels.

You should make sure that you choose the best baitcasting reel as per your usage. Whether you opt to choose a compact one or a full-size reel, you should ideally consider where you are intending to fish and what kind of fish you are targeting.