One thing that stands out about this reel is the handle size, which seems large in comparison to the reel body. However, it is very comfortable to use. On the downside, the anodizing on the crank nut showed scarring after one removal of the handle. Stainless steel would be better there. But for the price, the overall fit and finish on the reel is good, and this smooth-rolling, long-casting reel fills our number 9 slot.
If you’re an angler who plans on fishing for a while or let’s say you’re a veteran, and you’ve seen the worst of it, the simple fact is that your reel needs to last. Moreover, your reel needs to stand the worst conditions that can be thrown at it. If you’re someone who agrees with this, you’re not alone, Shimano has heard your call and made a nice long lasting reel to be an anglers friend.
I could write a long essay trying to illustrate the best way to make a cast with a baitcaster, but why should I, when there are so many great videos out there, showing exactly the best way to do it? I recommend watching the following video of Mike Webb explaining how to perform a proper cast with a baitcaster. Remember to watch the video again right before heading out to practice!
If you’re just getting started in baitcasting and looking for your very first baitcaster, there is a learning curve and you will have to deal with some nasty backlashes that might make you question whether baitcasting is for you. But with patience and practice, you will soon be able to fine tune the controls, thumb the spool like a pro, cast smoothly throwing lures far away and with pinpoint accuracy and have a lot of fun.

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.

We like the STX line because of the high-end bearings and brake system, but also for the 3 different gearing ratios available (6.4/7.1/8.0:1). The Revo STX is essentially a tuned up version of the Revo SX. There is a gear ratio for everyone in the STX, where SX has only 2. The reel weight drops from 6.9 ounces to 6.4 ounces, and also has 10+1 bearings.
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.
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.
One of the bigger downfalls of baitcasting reels is their inherent tendency to tangle line easily while casting which is referred to as a “backlash”, “birds nest” or “over run”. This occurs because the spool often spins faster than the speed of the line leaving the spool.  This, in turn, causes the line on the spool to loosen and the line leaving the spool becomes jammed in the loose coils of line. This issue can be addressed through the use of the reels spool braking system which will cause the spool of the reel to rotate more slowly during a cast, which helps to control the speed at which line is paid off the spool.
When you resolve to but a baitcasting reel, there are some things you should consider so that you can get a good one. They are found in both right and left-hand types with the right models being the most common. Unlike spinning reels, baitcaster’s handles cannot be swapped out — most anglers who are right-handed use right-handed reels. Despite this, whenever you make a cast, you would still have to switch the reel to your left hand, and you use your right hand to hold and turn the handle. However, this is not s for left-hand baitcasting reels. Therefore, your choice of hands is pivotal to the model you would want to opt in for. Although if you don’t want to be switching hands, it is advisable that opting in for the reel which has the same configuration as your spinning reel set up would be best. Furthermore, taking a close look at the following would help you in making the best choice for yourself.

The best baitcasting reel award goes to the Curado K. The Curado series built its legacy as a go-to reel for anglers of all levels for both fresh and saltwater environments. The Curado K supersedes the popular Curado I, a reel that many people thought was perfect already. So how did Shimano improve on this already perfect reel? The Curado K borrows a lot of its design cues from Shimano's higher end reels like the Mentanium and Aldebaran. One thing you’ll notice immediately is that it is smaller than its predecessor. Shimano claims they’ve made it 10% smaller which makes the Curado K a lot easier to palm. The reel just disappears in your hand. Even though it is smaller, it still balances perfectly on the rod seat. The reel is made from aluminum and a Ci4 side plate making it very light and durable.


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.

Weight is an important consideration when choosing a baitcasting reel as it affects a reel’s usability. A lightweight reel that weighs under 7 ounces is comfortable to handle and you can use it all day without discomfort. If you’re casting and retrieving using a heavy reel, the arm and wrist fatigue you will experience will have you ending your excursion earlier than planned.
Primarily intended for freshwater fishing, the KastKing Royale Legend Baitcasting Reel has a gear ratio of 7.0:1. This allows for a silent, speedy retrieval of 31.5 inches per turn (IPT), perfect for buzz baits and other fast action lures. The gears are made of precision-cut brass, while 11 + 1 corrosion-resistant ball bearings help to make your casting and retrieval as smooth as silk. The spool is made from lightweight anodized aluminum with a ceramic line guide that’s compatible with monofilament and braided line.

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.
Still, it should be said, a good baitcasting reel can be a close friend to an angler. Even if you are new to baitcasting reels, once you’ve learned the basics, there really isn’t much to it. This list should give you a clear idea of your options for baitcasting reels out there this year and help you, through a logical understanding of how a baitcasting reel works, decide what reel best matches your skill level and objective.

When it comes to performance, it boasts CNC machined brass gears with 7.1:1 gear ratio. This contributes to the reel’s fast line retrieve and long lifespan. It also features an extended crank handle made of lightweight and strong aluminum construction. The handle has a comfortable grip and provides anglers plenty of leverage and power for pulling the largest catch out of the waters. 

Regardless of whether you are an accomplished angler or whether you are new to fishing, picking quality baitcasting reel is essential. With the best bait-casting reel in your gun shop, you will have the opportunity to throw your line more accurately than you have ever done before. This type of reel comes in vast assortments, making it difficult to find the best of your needs.

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.
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.
This is a fitting example of a consistent quality reel across the board for a reasonable price. The lightweight (yet tough) aluminum body and side plate will hold up against a lot of abuse. The Tatula has an interesting rotor (side component that works in parallel with the spool) in which mimics the spool with holes drilled/cut out for a lighter and more air dynamic component. Daiwa’s fancy name for it Air Rotor system.
Baitcasters are a great reel option that will increase your versatility while fishing. While they allow you to cover more water and cast more efficiently, the learning curve often leaves beginners experiencing a lot of backlash. Be sure to get a quality baitcaster, preferably one with a centrifugal reel. And, remember to get out and practice with your baitcaster as much as possible!
Baitcasters are for very important for anglers who want the extra control that they cannot get with a spinning reel. Good baitcasters can give you a lot more control and you can cast your lure exactly where it needs to go. If you ever watch the professional fishing tournaments, the only type of reel you mostly see is a baitcaster. In this article, I want to explore and find the best baitcasting reel for beginners and professionals.
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.
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.
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.
When deciding on the break, there are two types you can choose from; the centrifugal and the magnetic breaking system.  The centrifugal breaking system depends on the friction and centrifugal force and uses pins inside the side plate of the reel to function. The pins extend out when there is increased speed of the spool’s rotation. Therefore, to apply the break in this system, you will have to push the pins to the outside. For magnetic breaking system, its mechanism of work is rather quite different all though depends on the magnet and spool to function.
To set your brake properly for the 1/2oz casting weight you tied on, start by raising your rod tip in front of you so the casting weight is hanging seven or eight feet above the ground. Depress the thumb bar on your reel to let the spool go into free spool and watch the line on the spool as the casting weight drops and hits the ground. Ideally, when the casting weight hits the ground the spool should stop spinning and paying out line. If the spool continues to spin when the casting weight hits the ground, you need to tighten the brake a bit. If the casting weight fails to drop to the ground then the brake is too tight and must be loosened. Make the necessary adjustment and repeat the process until the spool stops moving when the casting weight hits the ground.
Choosing the right hand configuration is important with these type of reels because the handles can’t be swapped out on them like they can on Spinner Reels. If you’re right handed, you’ll probably want to use a right handed model. Using this configuration, you would cast with your right hand and then place it in your left hand so you can use your right hand on the handle.

The Baitcasting reels are a bit confusing things to choose from a thousand from the market. From the beginning of fishing, saltwater reels were just made of brass and other materials. But the problem is, saltwater puts a quite heavy effect on metals as the rate of oxidation gets high. This is exactly why wise brands decided to make reels for saltwater.
The Curado also has an aluminum alloy body and aluminum, ported spool for durability. The side plates are a decent carbon composite that is used to cut down on weight. This design is optimized to cut down on body flex and loss of power when trying to work fish. Even though there is quite a bit of aluminum employed on these reels, they are still lightweight and easy to handle while on the water.

The Shimano Curado l reel has a low profile design that offers a consistently thin wall to help lower vibration and enhance smooth casting and retrieving. The baitcasting reel weighs 7.2 oz, with a monofilament line capacity of 8/180, 10/155, and14/110, and a line retrieve per crank of 26”. All these great features culminate to make Shimano Curado l reel a superb reel for your freshwater and saltwater fishing game.
Shimano makes high quality reels and pretty much leads the way when it comes to innovative technologies. This particular model features a proprietary braking system that the manufacturer calls the SVS Infinity. Apart from the impressive sounding name, what it means is that this brake is able to be tuned in extremely small increments using a small knob on the reel body.

Round reels generally hold more line and are suitable for carrying a more massive line. They are also regularly used for battles that require long runs or throw larger traps. It is useful for salmon, muskies, and steelhead in most cases. Low profile reels are more economical and superior to a superior "wrist" line. It is also one of the most prominent reels used today. This type of reel is mostly used for crappie and bass.

Made with durability on saltwater in mind, the Revo Toro has a corrosion-proof X-Craftic alloy reel frame, a heavy-duty gear set engineered for long life, and a high-capacity aircraft aluminum spool that can hold 250 yards of 14lb mono or 285 yards of 30lb braided line. The reel comes with a selection of three handles, including an extended bent power handle, and large ergonomic grips let you use the low 4.9:1 gear ratio to put maximum pressure on strong big game fish. When they run, the carbon disc star drag system can crank in 25lbs of braking power that will protect the line and wear out heavy, hard-fighting fish.
This often overlooked aspect of your set-up is vital for a reel meant for the long, hard fights you might encounter. Pick a reel that’s guaranteed to be comfortable in your hands and you’ll have a much more pleasant fishing experience, some modern reels have put a lot of time into creating a great handle for your reel but everyone’s hands are different.
The Abu Garcia Revo STX Low Profile Fishing Reel offers exceptional features and excellent performance. The exceptional features include the X2-craffic alloy frame, Dragger bass gear, a power stack carbon matrix drag system, and an extended belt cracking handles. It has 10 stainless steel ball bearings+1 roller, and it is applicable in both freshwater and saltwater.
The Daiwa Zillion TWS baitcasting reel comes in 4 speeds: 9.1:1 Super Extra Hyper Speed, 7.3:1 Hyper Speed, 6.3:1 High Speed, and 5.5:1 Power Speed, and silly names aside we appreciate the selection and the many innovative details that Diawa has put into these reels. We checked out the TWS 7.3:1 and found that it had the quality and detailing that you expect from Daiwa.
At some point in your fishing career, you’ll run across the great question for anglers who are looking to improve their performance – spinning reel or baitcasting reel. While spinning reels are great to learn on, sooner or later, you’ll need a reel that can consistently keep up with your evolving skillset – which is where the baitcasting reel comes in.
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.
Round reels generally hold more line and are suitable for carrying a more massive line. They are also regularly used for battles that require long runs or throw larger traps. It is useful for salmon, muskies, and steelhead in most cases. Low profile reels are more economical and superior to a superior "wrist" line. It is also one of the most prominent reels used today. This type of reel is mostly used for crappie and bass.
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