If you want to have easy time fishing, you need to invest in a reel with a decent braking system. Most reels feature dual braking systems including magnetic and centrifugal brakes. However, some units only utilize one braking system. A good braking system should be able to reduce backlashes and allow the user to make accurate long casts using different lure weights. If you want a reel that offers smooth performance and greater control, you should go for models with a dual braking system.
This is a user-friendly baitcasting reel that reveals an exquisite manufacturing process in both the design and material quality. Lew’s Fishing Tournament MB Baitcast Reel is a casting reel that belongs to the MB series with new Lew’s smaller profile and reduced weight design. A few out of the outstanding features this baitcasting reel possesses include;

Fishing with baitcasting reels can be very annoying for the first time. There are some things you are required to put in mind before trying to fish with one of these fishing reels. However, once you learn them, you will see why they become so popular. Baitcasting reels were in the first used in saltwater fishing. There larger fish were caught like a marlin. However, anglers started using them in freshwater lakes, especially for largemouth bass and other big game fish.

The spool size of your reel will depend on the size of fish you will be pursuing. Therefore, if you are going to be pursuing bigger and heavy fish, you should go for a reel with a bigger spool. This is because you will be using a heavier line which will take up a lot of space on the spool. Small sized spools are suitable for pursuing small fish because you will need a lighter line. 
Reel overview: Introducing another remarkable Baitcasting reel series from Abu Garcia. From price to perform point of view, the Revo x low profile series is one of the best Abu Garcia reels out there. And don’t worry, it doesn’t have a classic look. More like a laser cut state of the art manufacturing look. Ergonomic, compact, nicely polished color finishing will attract young blokes easily. But what’s happening within the good looking reel? Let’s find out.

An important thing you should always do is to go for the best and comfortable tool. You shouldn’t trade that for anything as you wouldn’t want to spend the after-fishing time nursing the pain gotten from using a tool. Therefore, if your choice of baitcasting reel doesn’t offer you maximum comfort-ability when you hold, it would hinder you from being a skilled angler. A comfortable grip and balanced combination of rod and reel would help you achieve more accuracy and improved casting. We have tested out different baitcasting reels and their working mechanism along with their features such as tensioners, drag settings, thumb latches, and others.
This is our first Daiwa baitcaster on the list and it's a good one too. The Tatula comes in multiple gear ratios from 5.4:1 with the highest at 8.1:1 giving it a super smooth cast and reel. This reel is very popular and used by professional fisherman all over. It has a max drag of 13.2 lbs and a 8 + 1 ball bearing system for ultra smooth casting just like butter. The Tatula gives you maximum control to cast exactly where you need it. The T-Wing System casting has given this reel a leading edge over others in its class. The 90 mm cutout handles reduce the weight on this reel making it very light. If you don't buy the Revo or Curado, then I suggest the Tatula. They are all three great reels and you can't go wrong with either. Pair this with the Tatula casting rod and you have a very nice baitcasting setup.
The brake system on a baitcast reel is designed to offer a way to control the speed of the spool’s rotation and thus the flow of line at the end of the cast in order to prevent backlash. The braking system on a reel is an important feature to check if you’re to avoid backlash after backlash. Baitcast reels have either a centrifugal or magnetic system. Some have a dual braking system that features both brakes.

The Abu Garcia Classic round baitcaster comes in a few reel models: C3, C4 & C. Each of these models has a handful of sizes so there is no shortage of options for any fishing application. The Abu Garcia C3-6500 was the first baitcaster I ever owned. I’ve fished this reel hard for many years and I still use it today! That said, I dissemble the reel, clean and grease it each winter which has kept it like new. The price point and specs for this reel have made it mandatory for my list.


For casting precision, the baitcaster reels dominate this space. It accomplishes this by being able to slow or stop the spool with your thumb when casting. This gives the angler complete control of how much line is being released off the spool. For example, if you’re looking to cast or skip a lure/bait into a small section while trying to avoiding branches, logs, docks, etc. the baitcaster reel rises above the spinning reel.

This is 4 ball bearing reel that is smooth and crisp; with a sensitive feel that is perfect for smaller bass and panfish. The reel can spool up 130 yards of 30lb braid or 145 yards of 12lb mono. Magnetic cast control lets new baitcasters get a feel for it without massive backlash and tangles. The star drag is easy to operate and features the very smooth, Power Disk drag system ready to lay on 18lbs of fighting power.

After getting comfortable with casting the heavier casting weight you should go back to casting with the 1/2oz casting weight again and then move on to an even lighter casting weight. You will find that it is a bit more difficult to cast the lighter weight sinkers than it is the heavier ones. This is why many anglers will rely on spinning reels to handle their lighter weight lures. For example, in the world of freshwater bass fishing, most seasoned anglers will choose to throw lures weighing more than 1/4oz on their baitcasting gear while leaving all the lightweight, finesse presentations for their spinning gear.


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.
We could not expect anything better. The mix between the sending and the tempting brake allows you to bombard as much as possible. Also, it makes no difference if you use some weightless plastic, you can no matter, throw it effortlessly and no kickbacks. At the point where this coil fires backward, which is not always the case, it is usually ready to be pulled out in a few strips.
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. 
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.

Congratulations! Your spool tension is now set. Now, remember, the spool tensions needs adjusting as soon as you change bait with a different weight. Step 1-5 is a method you will be using a lot as a baitcaster, especially if you like to switch baits often! Bear in mind, that the above-mentioned setting, where the bait is slowly dropping towards the surface is a beginners setting. As you get more experienced, you will want to gradually loosen up the tension spool, which will enable you to do longer distance casts.

To finish off this list, we're going to go with another popular reel called the Shimano Citica. This reel has been in production for years and has withstood the test of time. With a 7.2:1 high gear ratio and only 7.4 ounces, this is a really I would really like to recommend. It has a very nice line crank of 30 inches and 5 + 1 bearings. It is also available in 6.3:1 as well as right and left hand models. The price point is a bit higher, but also worth it.
You can pick from many gear ratios ranging from 2.0:1 to 7.9:1 to tailor your reel to the kind of fishing you do. The slower retrieve and higher torque of the lower ratios make them appropriate for bigger fish and soaking baits, while the speedier retrieves are perfect for species where you want to attract strikes by moving a lure fast through or on top of the water. If you want a baitcaster for all-purpose fishing, choose one with a gear ratio in the middle.
Depending on what you want out of a baitcasting reel, any of the three above are a great option for the best baitcaster under 100 dollars. Choose the one that fits your needs well – the Shimano Caenan for reliability and power, the Lew’s Speed Spool for speed and lightness, and the Abu Garcia Pro Max for quality at a great price. Any of these would make a great candidate for the best baitcasting reel for the money. Good luck on the water!
Keep practice casting until you can cast that casting weight 30 – 50 feet without a backlash. Once you get relatively comfortable with casting the ½oz casting weight replace it with a 3/4oz or 1oz casting weight. Remember, every time that you change to a lure of a different weight, you will need to readjust your brake. Run through the vertical dropping drill that you performed before you started casting the 1/2oz casting weight. Once the brake is adjusted, start practice casting with the heavier casting weight. You will notice how much further you can cast because of the weight of the casting weight even though you are casting at the same moderate power that you had been earlier. Generally, heavier lures are easier to cast on baitcasting gear.
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.
This is 4 ball bearing reel that is smooth and crisp; with a sensitive feel that is perfect for smaller bass and panfish. The reel can spool up 130 yards of 30lb braid or 145 yards of 12lb mono. Magnetic cast control lets new baitcasters get a feel for it without massive backlash and tangles. The star drag is easy to operate and features the very smooth, Power Disk drag system ready to lay on 18lbs of fighting power.

You will find the most common ratio being 6.4:1, which allows an angler to make both slow-moving presentations, as well as fast ones. Certain applications will, however, require you to use lower gear ratios or very high gear ratios. For instance, when you decide to use a buzz bait, you will need a reel with a ratio of 7.1:1. Crankbaits on the other hand, are more effective with slower gear ratios like 5.4:1.
The magnetic braking system is another big plus here, making this reel ideal for those who aren’t sure how to contend with a centrifugal braking system just yet. It will allow you to easily make an accurate cast with a constant slow-down through the whole motion by slowing the reel. Once you have it set properly for your tackle, the consistent pressure will allow for easy and laser accurate casts.

Abu Garcia is one the well-known brands that have been manufacturing fishing gear including spinning reels and baitcasting reels for a number of years. They have a long line of baitcasting reels and this model is one of their best and inexpensive innovations. At 7.4 ounces, this reel is lightweight and portable. It, therefore, makes a great reel for anglers who like casting for extended hours because it does not cause fatigue. 
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

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.

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.


It is worthy of note that irrespective of the breaking system that comes with the baitcaster reel, learning to how to thumb the spool perfectly is very important and it is pivotal to having a hassle-free casting. The magnetic system seems more complicated and you may want to fit the centrifugal type if you feel it could be difficult for you to operate.
In addition to their steep learning curve, buying a first baitcast reel can be very intimidating because there are so many options that look the same but are very different in their features and performance. The good thing is that picking one is not complicated once you know what to look for and how to determine the right casting reel for your needs.
What I learned personally with this reel, it’s more suitable for beginner anglers. Those who are casting for the first time should invest in this reel for honing their abilities. You could get a year out of this baby if you treat it with care. Expert anglers will not be impressed with this reel for lacking in a few advanced technologies. But, from the price point perspective, you can’t go wrong with the reel.
Reel overview: Since 1958 Daiwa started their journey. They introduced the first ‘open-faced reel’ and made a mark in the angling community. The Daiwa Laguna Baitcasting reel brings the quality and commitment to epic performance. Perfectly crafted low profile Baitcasting reel is ready to conquer the saltwater adventure. Unlike KastKing, the Laguna series ensure performance for the price. Let’s see how each feature operates.
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.
Intro: Our very first baitcasting reel is from the top-notch fishing tackle brand Shimano. Shimano is the brand to get your money’s worth. It’s a Japanese company that always gives us the best quality and affordability. That’s what separates them from other brands. We are talking about one of the best Shimano baitcasting reel, the Shimano Chronarch MGL series.
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.

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.
There are quite a few model options with varying gear ratios, but they all have fantastic gear systems that will stay aligned and turning even under the pressure of monster bass. These are also incredibly smooth casting reels, as we briefly mentioned earlier. With the braking system, spool and guide design, and comfortable palm fitting design, you will also find these reels to be incredibly accurate when working with correctly paired lines and lures.
Once the brake has been set properly for the 1/2oz casting weight you can begin practice casting. Start with overhead casts of a light to medium strength power. Depress the thumb bar to put the reel in free spool mode and quickly place your thumb on the spool. Your thumb will keep the spool from rotating until you release it on the cast. Bring the rod tip back over your shoulder like you would for any overhead cast. Swing the rod forward under moderate power and release your thumb from the spool as your rod tip reaches the eleven o’clock position. As you release your thumb pressure from the spool on the cast, you want to maintain the slightest pressure on the line on top of the spool as the line spins off the spool. This is often referred to as “feathering” the line as the amount of pressure you are applying is minute. This helps to keep the spool from turning too quickly.
With frame being the foundation of the reel, it is important to find a reel with a high-quality frame. After all, a low quality frame means the reel will break with few uses thereby forcing you to buy another reel. Most reels boast aluminum frame because aluminum is lightweight while still being sturdy. Graphite frames are also common but the material is not very durable and stable like aluminum. So to be on the safe side, always go for baitcasting reels with aluminum frame. 
It is worthy of note that irrespective of the breaking system that comes with the baitcaster reel, learning to how to thumb the spool perfectly is very important and it is pivotal to having a hassle-free casting. The magnetic system seems more complicated and you may want to fit the centrifugal type if you feel it could be difficult for you to operate.

Gear ratio is defined as the number of times the spool turns when the reel’s handle is rotated once. It normally affects the speed of line retrieve. The most common gear ratios for baitcasting reels under 100 include 7.0:1 and 7.1:1. Basically, the greater the gear ratio which is the fast number, the faster the line retrieves using less effort hence you will not get fatigued quickly. To know which is the right gear ratio for your needs, you need to factor in the kind of lures you’ll be using. For instance, if you are going to be using Texas rigs, jigs, spinnerbaits or soft plastics, the best reel is one with higher gear ratio. 
I go fishing a few times a week, and was looking for another reel to have another baitcaster setup. I currently have 2 Abu Garcia BlackMax 6.4:1 reels and some spinning setups, but was looking at trying something different. Between the high rating and the price, I thought I'd give this a try. The KastKing was not only $20+ cheaper, but also outperforms the Abu Garcias on every level - Less backlashes, smoother reeling, further casting distances. I'm just so happy with this reel, and can't wait to try out some of the other ones and ratios from KastKing.
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