The only disadvantage to using a baitcasting reel is that they’re a bit more difficult to master than a spinning reel and a bad cast can end up landing you with a bird’s nest of tangled line that may leave you a bit flustered. These reels require a bit of practice, but if you make the investment of your time you’re sure to find out why so many people swear by them.

To get started with learning to use your baitcasting reel, mount the reel to the rod and string the line through guides. Heavier lines are easier to learn with so use a line with a breaking strength in the upper end of the line range that is recommended for the reel. On the end of your line, tie on a 1/2oz casting weight to practice with instead of a lure. The easiest thing to use as a casting weight would be a lead sinker. Have a few of them in various sizes handy.
Reel overview: Lews has introduced their speed spool LFS Baitcasting reel to compete in the budget bracket. From performance to build quality, it delivers outstanding reliability and lightweight construction. Something regular anglers like me appreciate, especially in a long session. The combination of features complemented by an irresistible price tag, this one is possibly the best lews Baitcaster for the money.
If you're just getting into baitcasting, the Black Max reel by Abu Garcia should be your first baitcaster. Its affordable price and simple to use mechanism make it the best baitcasting reel for beginners. It is also a great reel for those who fish occasionally or as a backup reel. Avid advanced anglers may find it insufficient because it lacks advanced features.
Last but not least, it has a swept handle that reduces the amount of wobble in your hand as you crank resulting in less wasted energy and a more powerful retrieve. The Tatula SV TW comes in 3 ratios in both left and right hand retrieve. Each gear ratio has a different color accent making it easier to pick the right ratio on the fly without having to read the speed.
There is an argument to be made on the shape of these guides to enable efficient line guidance off the reel. Daiwa uses their patented T-Wing System where the guide is shaped like a T, it creates a wide section (top part of the T) when line is exiting and a narrow (bottom part of the T) when the line is returning. Anyway, don’t get too hung up on the shape but make sure the guide is made from a quality/strong metal.
The best Baitcasting Reels involve low-maintenance. Now, let’s expand on that idea some. If you choose a reel properly according to your fishing style and experience, your tool is going to last you longer. These are reels that cost you the right amount and spare you huge learning curves. The premise of low-maintenance goes beyond physical care but maintenance as it relates to time to learn the basics, and time to get those basics down to memory.
The reel is beautiful to look at, built in gold metal with a series of drill-outs that cut weight, allow drainage, and look very cool. But it is also tough enough to spool 140 yards of 80lb test Superline, with a completely rigid frame that eliminates flex and transfers all energy to the crank. Micro Module Gear technology uses more and smaller gear teeth to create efficiency and an ultra-smooth feel. The pinion gear is supported with 6 ball bearings on each end to maintain alignment under the heaviest loads and cut friction between the spool shaft and the gear on the cast.

The SX models have excessive max drags at 20lbs. For applications, this reel is intended to be used in,you’re never going to need the full drag to land a fish. We think the fine tuning of the drag could be a bit better, especially at the upper end of the drag range. You will be pleased with the low start up inertia, as this drag is incredibly smooth.
Hi there! My name is Reese, an avid fishing enthusiast. I created this site with the purpose of sharing my knowledge and journey that involves the wonderful sport of fishing. As a professional angler I have tried many different products over the years, and continue to experiment with new technology and methods as I get older. So if you are looking for a personal opinion on a specific type of product or if you need tips to improve your technique, then feel free to browse around the site and product reviews. Thanks for stopping by!
Magnetic braking systems which are based on, you guessed it, a set of magnets that react to non-magnetic metals ( such as aluminum ) incorporated in the spool. The logic behind this braking system is that when you move the magnets towards the spool it activates the breaks. Meanwhile, moving the magnets further away from the spool allows the spool to move without restraint.
Baitcasting fishing reels usually sit over the pole. The reason why it can be difficult to master this is that it requires the use of your thumb to control the coil and bait arrangement. Many beginners who try to use this type of fishing reel usually have problems with the game. Backlash is when the line in the coil is tangled. Another name for this entanglement is a bird's nest.

We love the casting performance of this model. The ergonomic design fits wonderfully in your palm and gives excellent control. The Magforce-Z magnetic braking system provides constant pressure throughout the cast and limits backlash, even with novice users. The T-wing line guide also plays a role in reducing the amount of friction of the line coming off the reel which further adds to the distance obtainable with this reel.
There are a variety of different gear ratios to choose from – from 5.4:1 to 7.1:1 and 8.1:1. While these numbers might look complicated, they are actually describing a very simple event. Let’s take a reel with an 8.1:1 gear ratio. What that number means is that for every single crank of the handle, the reel will spin 8 times. However, that doesn’t mean that a higher gear ratio is better than a lower gear ratio. For certain techniques, such as working a crankbait, a lower ratio is preferred, while applications such as using a spinnerbait are best used with a reel that has a higher ratio. Most anglers buy several of these reels, all in different ratios, so they have a variety of options available to them while fishing.
Sometimes a big open-face reel like this one is the best way to go. The C3 is far less sensitive and tangle-prone than the newer low-profile reels and much easier to work on in the field. If you fish deep water, drop off of piers, or troll big baits, you need one of these reels in your collection. The price point is really good for a reel that will last for years and the C3 scores 8th place in our review.
This is such a comfortable reel to use. The frame is graphite/aluminum which is more than decent and isn’t going to fall apart on you. To choose a beginning reel durability is definitely one of the most important factors, but above all else, you want your first experience with baitcasting to be fun and comfortable. This means that the soft-touch rubber handles that feel great to use here are a high point for the Citrix.
Choosing any baitcasting reel, much less the best one, can feel like a challenge to the average angler.  There seems like a never ending array of features that need to be considered before one of these can be purchased. Options which include such things as gear ratios, braking systems, the number and type of ball bearings and spool designs. It can make choosing the best baitcasting reel an almost insurmountable challenge.
This ultra-lightweight baitcasting reel from KastKing weighs just 5.7 ounces and is made from carbon, a material that is naturally resistant to corrosion and so tough that it can practically withstand anything. The 11+1 ball bearings are made from shielded and corrosion resistant MaxiDur, while the spool boasts hardy construction from aero-grade aluminum.
All in all, this baitcaster is a solid all around performer for under $100 that will last for years. It comes from a well-known and respected manufacturer in Shimano. If you are looking for a happy medium between speed and power, and want a good all-around fishing reel, this reel will be the way to go. This baitcasting reel is available for both left and right handers. For all of these reasons, the Shimano Caenan is the best baitcasting reel under 100 dollars in our opinion

The KastKing Royale Legend/Whitemax Low Profile Baitcasting Fishing Reel is another fantastic product from the KastKing manufacturers with excellent features at such a very affordable price. It delivers smooth and reliable performance and has been chosen as a favorite by some anglers. This fishing reel will get you fishing all day comfortably with its EVA foam soft grip handle which ensures a firm grip and reduces any tendency for fatigue. Its interesting features include the following.
Yes, you guessed it right, this systems core function relies on the magnetic field. The biggest advantage this braking system has over centrifugal is a smoother adjustment. The spool speed is controlled by magnets throughout the entire cast, puts consistent resistant all the time. The system is more of a manual type and renders independence to allow adjustments when necessary against natural or artificial factors.

A great spool is lightweight for speed but can handle the elements as well. Typical material for spools is aluminum because it’s so light. A forged aluminum spool is best as it’s a tougher metal and doesn’t get damaged or scratched as easily. Manufacturers are drilling holes into their spools for that lighter weight and quicker spin (air dynamics & weight).
Continue to practice in the yard until your casting skills feel suitable for the water. Take your baitcasting gear out there with you and bring some backup gear, just in case. It’s very possible that you could make a critical casting error shortly into your trip that may put your reel out of commission until you get home and respool it. If it’s your only rod and reel combo then bring a knife and some extra fishing line with you, just to keep yourself from being disappointed.
The Shimano Tranx TRX500HG Baitcasting Reel is the perfect solution for deep-sea anglers who want to combine the pinpoint accuracy of a baitcaster with the power needed to target offshore species such as tuna, grouper and billfish. The reel features eight corrosion-resistant ball bearings and an aluminum frame coated with a special treatment that locks out saltwater.
The Daiwa Lexa is a reel with a 7.1:1 gear ratio, an aluminum side plate and frame and a retrieve rate of 32.4-feet per crank. It’s a professional grade system that has quite a few design features that allow it to really reel in the big fish. This model has an over-sized swept handle with weight-reducing cutouts that doesn’t adversely affect its strength or its leverage. Another great feature of this reel is that it has sealed CRBB bearings that are designed to keep out sand and salt crystals. And these bearings are also specially treated to resist salt corrosion better than non-treated bearings. This gives it the ability to perform better longer in saltwater environments than some of its competitors.
Even more important than the number of bearings is the quality of the bearings. A reel with fewer but high-quality bearings will perform better and last longer than a reel with plenty of poor quality bearings. Respected reels such as Daiwa casting reels and Shimano baitcasting reels feature higher quality bearings but also carry a higher price tag.
This is yet another super light-weight baitcasting reel from KastKing. It comes at only 6 ounces featuring durable carbon fiber construction. As such, you can use it for long hours without getting fatigued thereby making casting fun and exciting. Also, it includes hard-forged aluminum gears that claim to offer 7.0:1 gear ratio thereby allowing fast retrieves without sacrificing on the reel’s strength. 
Intro: We talked about the glorious history of Shimano earlier in this article. Now you know that Shimano is the brand you can put your trust on. Now we’re gonna review a reel which can be used for a lifetime with little maintenance. A reel that’s the benchmark of durability and toughness. Yup folks, Shimano Curado K low profile is a real piece of beauty!

The Legend is our best well-rounded pick because of its affordability and above average marks in just about every category. The line and the casting are more than good, frame is sufficient, and the lightness is another perk. A lasting point for this reel has to be its saltwater compatibility. So you’re not stuck to using this reel in just freshwater settings.

Press the reel spool release button. Baitcasting reels made since the 1970s have a mechanism to disengage the reel spool from the handles so they don't turn during the cast, allowing for longer casts. The first such models had the button on the side of the reel; most models today feature a release bar behind the spool that you press with your thumb when you rest it on the reel spool.[5]
One added note about using your reels braking system. Many baitcasting reels are now made with secondary brake systems that the angler can use to fine tune the braking of the spool. Some of these brake systems use tiny magnets to control the speed of the spool and some systems use centrifugal force to slow down the spool. The details of operating magnetic and centrifugal brake systems are covered in detail in the following articles:
The Daiwa Tatula line of baitcasting reels offers high-quality and precision build at a value price point. The Tatula Reels is available in different gear ratios, including 6.3:1, 7.3:1, and 8.3:1 gear ratios and left and right-handed versions. We checked out the R100H, a medium-weight reel that features 7 stainless steel bearings +1 roller bearing and a 13.2lb Tournament Carbon Drag system.
A: Baitcasting reels have a bad reputation for being prone to backlashing when casting and being difficult to learn so why would anyone want to use a baitcasting reel? A baitcast reel is highly versatile and the ideal choice of fishing reel for a variety of fishing situations and techniques. Experienced anglers also prefer baitcast reels for the following reasons:
Choosing any baitcasting reel, much less the best one, can feel like a challenge to the average angler.  There seems like a never ending array of features that need to be considered before one of these can be purchased. Options which include such things as gear ratios, braking systems, the number and type of ball bearings and spool designs. It can make choosing the best baitcasting reel an almost insurmountable challenge.
Located squarely in the mid-budget reel range – right between the budget models and the more high-end reels – sits the Abu Garcia Revo SX Low-Profile Reel. It’s a reel that delivers castability and accurate cast control – all built into a frame that’s lighter than previous generations of this model thanks to its carbon C6 body. However, casting isn’t the only feature this reel has going for it. It also has some nice features that increase performance and reliability.
However, there is a good argument for a reel in the lefthanded position as it does have many advantages over a handle on the right side. For example, you are not switching hands when you cast the line thus, fewer backlashes. This also allows you to work top-water baits better as the moment the bait hits the water you can start reeling without switching hands.

The only baitcasting reel that is equipped with a reinforced brass gear, the Piscifun has power, strength, reliability, and steady-speed retrievals. It can handle big fish easily and smoothly because of its 7.1:1 gear ratio for a fast and strong retrieve. The Japanese Hami cut 3604 brass gears are climate-resistant, so you know you are getting durability and strength.
Overall, the Chronarch MGL can be the versatile workhorse baitcasting reel that you need. It is well suited for anything from finesse lures and weightless plastics, all the way up to your flipping and pitching needs. The fact that you can get this performance in a lightweight carbon frame reel, without the price tag of a Japanese import is a bonus.
Drag systems on bait-casting reels are layers of different materials that rub against each other to produce friction. They can be some of the smoothest in any kind of reel. Since you can use your thumb to add drag when a fish is fighting, you can set the drag initially to a lighter setting. That helps with fish that make long runs because less line on the spool means more drag. It is easier to add drag with your thumb than to adjust to reduce it while fighting a fish.
We already have a ‘cheapest reel’ on this list but the Piscifun is a different category of cheap reel. You can look at the difference between both reels as being generally cheap yet still worthy, and another that provides high value for low cost. The Piscifun is exactly the latter. The weight and build both point to high quality and still the cost remains low. The line retrieval is excellent for a reel so inexpensive and in general compared to its peers.

   By giving up on a baitcast reel, novices are missing out on the most effective tool for presenting their lures to bass.  “It is so much easier feathering your lure and getting accuracy and distance,” says Bassmaster Elite Series competitor Pete Ponds.  “All three of those factors make the baitcaster more appealing than the spinning reel.  There are times for spinning reels and you can feather them as well but distance and accuracy are two very important elements of the cast and with the baitcaster I feel like I can achieve both better than I can with the spinning reel.”

Shimano Citicabaistcasting reel is made of a unique S3D spool that reduces spool vibration, and an Infinity brake system, that makes it easy-to-manage. The baitcasting reel has 11 lb. Max drag, retrieve range 26-30(in), stainless steel bearings with 5 Ball Bearings and 1 Roller Bearing.  It weighs 7.5 oz. and with mono line capacity 8/180, 10/155, 14/110


You will undoubtedly experience tangles caused by spool over runs while practicing how to use your baitcasting reel. But, this is how you are going to learn what the spool feels like under your thumb while an over run is occurring so that you can learn how to avoid it. Some of these tangles will be fairly easy to remedy while others, really bad backlashes, will prove much more difficult or even impossible to get out.

Purchasing a reel that does not feel comfortable in your hands means you will not enjoy your fishing excursion yet fishing is supposed to be fun and exciting. A comfortable reel will help you cast with improved accuracy and will not compromise your effectiveness as an angler. While comfort of the reel depends a lot on your preferences, reels with oversized/extended handles and soft rubber knobs offer better comfortable grip. With an oversized handle, you will also have plenty of torque to winch large fish out.
Drag: The drag is the part of a baitcasting reel that regulates tension placed on the line while reeling in fish. A proper drag should be able to move smoothly between heavy and lightweight regulation. This ability allows an angler to adjust his line to the size or aggression of fish he’s dealing with. A lighter fish might need less tension and freedom to roam, a heavier fish will require more tension, to compensate for its size. This is an essential part of a baitcasting reel.
Our thoughts: Do I think this is the best Abu Garcia Baitcasting reel? Absolutely not. But do I think this is one of the best baitcasting reels for the money? Then yes I do. It offers nifty features at a reasonable price. You can practice different bait style with ease. Not a lot of manufacturer offers cheap Baitcasting reels for the performance like Abu Garcia.
To bring in big game fish successfully, you need one of the best baitcasters with powerful specifications to handle striped bass, steelhead, musky, blue cats, and other saltwater species. The Goture Ares-Max is a heavy duty reel with powerful features suitable for both freshwater and saltwater fishing, as it is built to withstand harsh saltwater conditions.
Made from lightweight graphite, this lightweight breeze-fishing reel offers rugged durability that withstands severe saltwater conditions. The lightweight yet robust graphite edges and side panels provide safety against consumption and edge bending without disturbing the mast. Also, the reel with its treated steel pinion device and the basic bronze rigging allows a gentle tightening, even if it is under great pressure.
The reel also spots 7 stainless steel bearings plus one roller bearing system that contribute to a smooth casting experience. Being made from stainless steel gives the reel an increased protection from corrosion. Besides, its drag system features power disc system that allows efficient and more fluid line retrieve throughout the entire drag range. This makes it easy and effortless to catch those hard pulling fish. 

There is a wide range of gear ratios to choose from - from 5.4: 1 to 7.1: 1 and 8.1: 1. While these numbers seem confused, they do represent an extremely straightforward opportunity. How about a reel with a gear ratio of 8.1: 1? What this number means is that for every single key of the handle the reel will rotate eight times. Nevertheless, this does not mean that a higher gear ratio is superior to a lower gear ratio.
Baitcasting fishing reels usually sit over the pole. The reason why it can be difficult to master this is that it requires the use of your thumb to control the coil and bait arrangement. Many beginners who try to use this type of fishing reel usually have problems with the game. Backlash is when the line in the coil is tangled. Another name for this entanglement is a bird's nest.
The Shimano Curado is another high-performing but affordable low profile baitcasting reel. The Shimano Curado is available in 3 different models each with varying gear ratios to give you some options depending on your preferred method of fishing. Regardless of the model and gear ratio you go with, you will notice immediately that this reel can lay into fish and provide some heavy cranking power.
Keep casting the same weight until you can consistently achieve a decent distance without experiencing line tangles. You can then practice with different weights remembering to reset the brake tension with every new weight you tie to the line. You will find that casting heavier weights using your baitcasting reel is easier than casting lighter weights. 
This reel was proudly designed by manufacturers to be ergonomic and put the comfort of the angler in check. It is also quite rare to see most fishing reels put ergonomics in their design. The non-slip handles of this reel are designed to avoid slipping off from your hand when in use. It was also built in such a way that reduces lethargy and exhaustion making it your best choice for long hours fishing adventures.
Are you just getting into baitcasting? Great! You’ve come to the right place! In this article, I’ll guide you through everything from setting up and adjusting your baitcasting reel correctly to giving you tips on how to cast, so you’ll reduce the amount of those nasty birds nests! Still haven’t bought a baitcasting reel? If you are often fishing in saltwater, I recommend having a look at my buyers guide on the best saltwater baitcasting reels
There are two types of brakes: the centrifugal brake and the magnetic brake. Not sure which brake your reel is rocking? Does it have a knob (with numbers) on the opposite side of where your reel handle is located? Then it is probably a magnetic brake. Do you see a small (removable) side panel instead of a knob? Then your reel is probably equipped with a centrifugal brake.
These outstanding models we have listed and discussed can guarantee to perform well on the water regardless of the fishing situation. And of course, we have a preference for the baitcasting reel, and that is the Goture Ares-Max Baitcasting Fishing Reel. It is one of the few reels with excellent features you cannot find on other models, besides having the best drag systems and giving a precise and smooth casting reel. Definitely, a good investment you should give a try one of these days!
The reel frame and side plates are machined aluminum and they give superior strength and help keep the weight down to a light 7.3 ounces. They also make the reel look very handsome. Ten stainless steel bearings and a 6.3:1 gear ratio give smooth, fast retrieves while still providing enough torque for the size of fish the reel is designed to handle. The carbon fiber drag can apply 15lbs of pressure, and it has a very smooth action.
Having a fishing rod is merely half the battle. You need to have a reel to go at that rod. Of course you could go primitive and simple use a long stick, some line, a hook and a worm but last time I checked this is the 21st century and we’ve come quite a ways, I mean, we have street signs and ipods! For those of you who are slightly more advanced you may be interested in buying a good baitcasting reel. The reason I say this is largely due to the fact that a baitcaster reel is slightly more technically difficult to use in comparison to a spinning reel. On the backside of the reel you will find a small lever or button that needs to be pressed down prior to casting the reel. You need to make sure that you let go of this button prior to your line and lure hitting the water. If you fail to do so your spool will continue to release braided line causing what we call, a rats nest. This is when your line releases within the spool but it still contained within the area in which the spool is found. In order to undo or correct a rats nest you need to continuously pull the line out of the spool until you have completely released all of the line that was let loose. This could become a serious nightmare and often times it leads to you simply just removing all of the line by cutting it out of your spool and re-spooling your entire reel. This is the reasoning behind us saying that using the best baitcasting reel is slightly more technical than a spinning reel. Below you will find the top 5 baitcasting reels for the money in 2019.

If you want a reel that minimizing the amount backlashes without paying a premium price the Daiwa Tatula SV TW might just be what the doctor ordered. The Daiwa Tatula borrows a lot of its design cues from the higher end zillion but at a much more affordable price. The Tatula SV has a small frame that is easy to palm just like the Tatula CT and Tatula CT Type R, but what differentiates it from those two is that it incorporates the SV spool. This is the 1st time that Daiwa has ever packaged SV spool into this price point. The SV spool is exceptionally lightweight but very durable and has no starting resistance.

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