Are you one of many anglers that started out with a classic spinning combo? Feeling its time to advance and try a baitcaster reel? Or just want to invest in another baitcaster to your gear arsenal? Let´s try to go through some basics to help you on the way!
When we asked around new anglers, talking about baitcasters. One of the biggest concerns when it comes to baitcaster reels is fear. Fear from traditional “bird nests” tangled lines and trouble casting.
But like everything in life, with a bit of practice you will master this like anything else. A baitcaster reel is a crucial part of your fishing. Neither you’re fishing as a hobby or on more regular basis. The baitcaster reel allows you to use a thicker line, giving you more and precise control while casting if you compare it to a traditional spinning setup. And overall, it will give you a better experience when it comes to certain techniques and fishing methods.
There are usually two types of baitcaster. The “round” profile and the “low” profile. The round profile reel gives you additional advantages as more line, heavier lines, casting heavier lures and is better suited for long runs during fights with bigger fish like salmons, big trout, Muskie, or even bigger saltwater species. While the low-profile reels are more common to be used for smaller predator fishing like bass, perch, pikes, zander trout etc. It’s very popular and definitely more ergonomic. It fits in you palm and easier for wrist actions.
The size of the low profile baitcaster reels are indicated on the scale of 100-400, 10-40 or 1.0-4.0 depending on the manufacturer. Lower the number smaller the reel. Smaller sized reels 100/10/1.0 are perfect choice for finesse techniques and smaller fish like perch. When you go after bigger fish with bigger baits it’s better to have larger reel.