From the moment you let your line fly to the second it hits the water, your thumb must control the speed of the spool. Some baitcasters offer cast control systems. These claim to allow casting with no need for thumb to line control. Most baitcasters require at least some bit of thumb work while casting, even if it’s only to slow the spool on its initial burst of speed.
Drag System: The drag system on your reel is something you want to pay attention to when deciding on a reel. Drag is the resistance that is put on the spool when line is being pulled off by running fish. There are key aspects that determine how efficient a drag system is on a reel. A common and harped upon characteristic of drag is the maximum drag pressure. While important to match higher max drag with larger fish, most often any reel is going to be able to apply enough counter pressure to stop a fish from pulling all the line off of your reel and tire it out.
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!
Brake System: Baitcasters use a rotating spool which helps with casting distance and using heavier lines and lures, but it also means there is a higher chance for backlash and headaches. A braking system counters this by managing the speed of the spool when casting. There are two main types of braking systems that are used on modern baitcasting reels. These include magnetic braking systems and centrifugal (friction) systems. Usually, reels will have one of the two types of brakes, although some might have both. You will find arguments for and against both types, but for the most part; it is a personal preference.
This guide will help you understand how to choose the best baitcasting reel for the money, one that helps you fish your favorite techniques as efficiently as possible, as well as coming in under your budget. For those new to baitcasters, we’ll cover the most important specifications to look for so that you make the right choice for your own personal best baitcasting reel. If you are familiar with these things already, then jump right down to our Top 7 baitcasting reels.
Just because you are left-handed doesn’t mean you should have a hard time finding a baitcasting reel that suits your needs. Piscfun has designed this model specifically for left-handed anglers. The reel boasts 3-disc drag washers made from high-grade carbon for durability. What’s more, the drag system provides up to 18 pounds drag power for handling big fish with ease.
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.
Lever Drag Baitcasters – Instead of using the star dial, these baitcasters have a lever on the outside of the reel frame. Lever drags will first push to the strike setting, then all the way down to the max setting. They do usually have a dial for fine adjustment. The bonus of a lever drag is it sets in an instant by simply pushing the lever. As you push the lever, it should gradually gain resistance all the way up to strike and then again up to max.
Built-quality: Introducing you one of the best Abu Garcia baitcasting reel, the Abu Garcia Revo SX series. To me, it’s one of the finest low profile baitcasting reel that Abu Garcia has ever produced. There’s a couple of reasons behind claiming it one of the finest all-around reels of these days an angler can buy today. It’s very lightweight, easy to palm, comes in two different gear ratios and most importantly budget friendly.
The Mississippi pro stresses form is most important while casting. “I had a tendency of pulling my elbow up when I tried to make a cast, so my Dad actually tied a rope around my waste and my arm to hold my elbow down and made me cast several times. I spent days and weeks practicing casting in my back yard. A lot of times I would set up in old tire or hula hoop and try to cast it into those and as I progressed I would reduce the target down to the size of a Coke can.”
Furthermore I like to use a baitcaster when fishing diagonal and backtrolling with heavy jigheads for zander. This way it is easy to stay in contact with the bottom and give line simply by pushing the button when losing contact, mostly due to heavier current. I find this easier than a spinning reel, which requires opening and closing the bail all the time.
The Lew’s Fishing Team Pro Magnesium LFS reel offers a compact one-piece magnesium frame. It is an excellent baitcasting reel with strong, lightweight carbon C45 carbon side-plates and double anodized gold detail finish with a built-in speed keeper and hook keeper. The baitcasting reel weighs only 5.5 oz, Bearings of 10+1, the Line capacity of 120/12 and gear ratio of 6.8:1 and has an Inches per Turn to be 28″. It is compatible with bass fishing and applicable in both saltwater and freshwater.
This year, I changed my mind after watching others and here I am with 30+ years of fishing experience, but can't use a baitcaster. So I took the reel off the rod, and bought one of these. Still didn't want to get anything pro with 4x the price of this, because I was afraid, that this will also ends up in the garage or the trash and didn't want to waste to much money.