Choose an isolated location. It can be dangerous to try baitcasting in a place where too many people are around. You have to constantly make sure no one is behind you or too close to you in order to make sure you don’t accidentally snag them with your lure. And being hyper aware of your surroundings takes away some of the relaxing joy of baitcasting anyways.
Hey Steve, thanks for the comment and glad it helped, I love Abu Garcia reels! As for your question, you’re likely just fine with the 5601 model vs. 6601. The big difference is line capacity holding monofilament 240 yards of 12# (5601) vs. 320 yards of 12# (6601). What type of fishing are you looking to use this reel for? E.g. River drift fishing, Ocean fishing, etc. If you’re looking for a salt water reel the bigger reel capacity is more important, but if you’re drift fishing rivers the 5601 should be more than fine for those big runs. Let me know!
For the price, this reel has a lower gear ratio of 4.7:1. But because of its big spool, users can enjoy fast line retrieve. In addition, the reel includes CNC machined aluminum handle. The handle is collapsible with left/ right interchangeable feature and a soft touch for a comfortable grip. Also, the handle is lightweight hence you can use the reel all day without worrying about fatigue.
All models have a 5+1 bearing system. Compared to some other baitcasters, this might seem like a low number, but these are high-quality bearings that provide an incredibly smooth reel performance even under duress. Shimano uses X-ship technology to help give this reel a smooth performance when cranking power is employed when fighting a heavy fish. All this technology means is that the gears have are oversized and optimized for consistent alignment and contact to keep everything rolling.
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.
Press down on the reel spool with your thumb to stop the bait when it reaches the target. This is similar to pressing the button on a spincasting reel to brake the line; however, not applying your thumb soon enough leads to the spool continuing to turn after your bait hits the water, creating an overrun or "birds nest" that you'll have to straighten out before you can retrieve your lure.
The Shimano Caenan is a beautiful reel that offers outstanding performance. It is clearly a very aesthetically pleasing baitcaster, but it also is a great value as a reel itself. With a retrieve ratio of 6.5:1, it is a fairly quick reeling reel, though not the quickest. This makes it ideal for lures that shouldn’t be reeled too quickly and actually make it an ideal option for the vast majority of fisherman.
Piscifun’s reel is powerful! It allows you to handle large fish with ease. This low-profile baitcasting reel comes with an advanced three washer design giving it a whopping 18 pounds of drag. Not only is it strong but it uses some of the highest quality gears currently on the market. They are industrial strength, climate resistant Japanese Hami cut 3604 brass gears. As if that weren’t enough this reel has a truly unique feature that sets it apart from many others. It comes equipped with a side plate oil port that allows you maximize and supervise the life, longevity and performance of this reel. This bait caster has a gear ratio of 7.1:1 meaning it is extremely silent and allows you to retrieve your line at a truly amazing rate. This reel sets the bar pretty high, and that’s why it made our list of top baitcasting reels.
Just like the other KastKing fishing reel, this reel is also very versatile as its usefulness extends to both freshwater and saltwater fishing. This is because it is corrosion resistant. It is suitable for virtually every fishing technique including flipping, casting, pitching and more. It can also be used for bass fishing, ice fishing, kayak fishing, trout fishing, and lots more.
Round reels generally hold more line and are capable of holding a heavier line. They are often also used for fights which require long runs or for tossing bigger baits. It’s generally good for salmon, muskies, and steelhead. Low-profile reels are more ergonomic and allow for a better ‘wristing’ of the line. It’s also one of the more popular reels used today. This type of reel is generally used for crappie and bass.
The concept for the Pro Mag is to be Light, Fast, and Strong. The reel is built on a one-piece magnesium frame and C45 carbon side plates. The concept is even taken to the handle and knobs, which are carbon fiber and cork EVA composite, respectively. The spool is machined aluminum to maintain tight roundness tolerances but has a v-shaped profile for level winding and is drilled to shave off weight.
Using a good baitcasting reel supplies a good level of casting control and helps you improve your fishing accuracy. This is mainly because you can adjust and control the speed and distance of your lure when casting with by holding the spool with your thumb. After a good period of use when you have become proficient in using it, your casting accuracy would have improved. Therefore, you can pinpoint easily with high accuracy thus enabling you to throw the lure to the exact location of the fish.
You may be wondering what a gear ratio is. Well, it refers to the number of times the spool rolls over when you rotate the reel’s handle once. For you to choose the right baitcasting reel, first is to look for the right gear ratio which is very important. This is because the gear ratio affects the speed at which your lure is pulled back. At times, you may find the gear ratio on some reels and at times not.
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.
If you are a bait caster, there are several baitcasting reels on the market that you can choose from. As compared to other fishing reels, baitcasting reels are not easy to use, but they provide anglers with so many benefits. With just less than 100 bucks, you can be sure of getting quality baitcasting reels that will help you catch even the strongest 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.
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.
To adjust your braking system, either engage your brakes by pushing the interior levers towards, or disengage them by pushing the braking levers away from the center. Disengaging brakes allows for longer casts but have a higher chance of backlashing. For a video guide on how to engage and disengage centrifugal braking systems, you can check out this video below.
SR: When casting sidearm, you have a much wider area through rotation of the cast where you can release the lure. When you cast overhead, that window of when you can release the lure for a proper cast becomes much smaller. And the most common [mistake] is a late release, which means the lure comes crashing down much faster. And that’s when the backlash happens. So, sidearm is a safer cast, but learning how to load your rod up with the energy of the lure is the key to distance.
Most baitcasters come equipped with a level line system, but not all. The level line guides your line back and forth upon retrieve so that it doesn’t build up in one spot on the spool. It lays your line level on the spool. Baitcasters with an open face frame do without the level line system, forcing the angler to guide the line back on the spool while retrieving.
PT: Why are baitcasting reels usually cranked with the right hand, whereas spinning reels are predominantly cranked with the left? How did that happen in the industry? If an angler is right handed and cranks with his right, doesn’t switching hands to hold the baitcasting rod in his weaker left hand — cast after cast after cast — seem like wasted energy?