Types of Fishing Reels and factors to consider when buying them

We know you take your fishing very seriously, so here at Jacita Bait and Tackle we make it our personal mission to supply you with the best fishing lines , rods and reels. Here is a comprehensive list of the types of fishing reels and factors to consider when buying them so that you can make an informed decision upon purchase.

Spincast Reels

The spincast reel is perhaps the standard reel used by beginners and children alike. Casual anglers perhaps would find this an inexpensive investment that is user friendly. There is a push button for release which is convenient in its trouble-free simplicity. This reel provides decent casting accuracy and is also one of the easiest reels to untangle. Something to consider when contemplating buying the spincast reel is that one of the major disadvantages that it has, is they’re small meaning you don’t have much room for line capacity so you may not be able to cast as far as you like. Another limit is that it is restricted when it comes to heavy test line which means it will be difficult if not impossible to fish for big game using this reel.

Bait-casting Reels

Bait casting reels require a bit more skill to use than spincast reels and are for the more advanced fishers. Bait casting reels offers greater power for more distance casting. This type of reel will give you more control and accuracy in casting. It is ideal for big game fishing as it can sustain heavier pound test lines. The only issue with bait-casting reels is that it is difficult to learn how to operate.

Spinning Reels

Spinning reels versatility is pronounced as it is perfect for fishing bass on the lake or targeting tarpon along the beach. This type of reel spins as your line is being retrieved. It is straightforward and easy and you can become an expert in no time.

Surf Fishing Reels

Surf reels are specially designed for maximum corrosion resistance so as to be able to brave against the harsh conditions of the surf and are modified to be able to be resilient against saltwater, sun and sand. They are lightweight and versatile with high retrieval rates as they are intended for a broad range of fishing techniques and fish species. They hold a lot of fishing line and provide accurate and long casts.

Offshore Reels

Offshore reels are durable and are made with an underlying strength that cannot be broken by the harsh offshore conditions that would demolish other reels. They are more expensive than the others but for good reason as they can go into combat with monster size fish and win. They can be bait-casters or spinning reels.

Conventional/Trolling Reels

They are originally devised for the purpose of deep sea or offshore fishing. They have the ability to handle more fishing line and are also able to pack on heavier test lines. Conventional reels come in either star or lever drag systems.

Fly Fishing Reels

Preserving fly fishing reels are made relatively easy as they are made to last and can be kept to up to 40 to 50 years if they are maintained and looked after. There are different types of fly fishing reels depending on the type of fish ie. trout fishing and then others designed to catch salmon. They are incredibly accurate as precision is of the utmost importance in fly fishing as you need to cast your line to your desired spot.

Centerpin Reels

This is the classic fishing reel that one would see back in 1960’s. It runs freely on its center pin, or it’s axle. It is good for long distance casts. It doesn’t have a mechanical drag; the thumb of the angler is generally used for controlling the fish that is on the line. They are free spooling and drag free.

These are the eight types of fishing reels that are the most commonly used. I hope this has achieved its purpose in educating and helping you with the decision of what fishing line best suits your needs. Happy fishing!