Every outstanding, knowledgeable fisherman knows the different types of fishing reels. If you do not, then it is time to increase your knowledge bank on the subject. You might be asking yourself, why does it make a difference in what reel I use? Well, the main reason it makes a difference is because each fishing reel is going to give you a different fishing experience. You will experience the difference in the aspect of casting all the way to how you reel in the fish. Also, different fishing reels will be good for certain fish while not so good for others. Now, time to get real (Pun intended) and meet the different fishing reels.
Here are the different types of fishing reels
As a whole, the spincast reel is known for being an inexpensive reel. It is also an easy reel to use, and a great reel to use for first timer just getting started. This is because it requires a minimal investment. The spincast reel is commonly used by casual anglers. There is a push button release on this reel that gives it great accuracy. This reel is also one of the easiest reels to untangle. For example, if you have any stubborn tangles in your line, all you have to do is open the bail of the reel and pull on the line.
However, it is important to realize that like each reel, this reel does have a couple disadvantages that come with using it. One of the major disadvantages of the spincast reel is that you do not have much room for line capacity. This means that sometimes you cannot cast as far as you would like. This reel is also somewhat limited when it comes to a heavy pound test line, which means that it will be more difficult, if not, impossible to fish for big game fish while using this reel. I had one of these when I was a young boy, and it served me well as a beginner, but I’m glad that I moved onto other fishing reels..
My dad got this received one of these for father’s day one year, and I always remember wanting to use it because it had such a high accuracy. Plus it just looked cool! There is no line twist during the release of a cast, which makes it a great reel in itself. With a baitcasting reel, you will also get more power for farther casting capabilities. A baitcasting reel is an outstanding reel for big game fishing because it can handle heavier pound test line. The one negative of using the baitcasting reel is that it does take some time to get used too. Not a terribly long time though. I remember relearning how to use this reel recently, and it took me a couple hours to master the accuracy part of casting. After you get the feel for it, you will want to use this reel most of the time because it has such a high accuracy. It is important to keep in mind that there is a slight learning curve though.
It is important to note that there are also two main subcategory types of baitcasting reels:
Round Baitcasting Reel: This reel will have a larger spool, which makes it ideal for holding more line. Ideal when you want to cast a line as far you want. There are few things more satisfying in life than a long distance fishing cast. Also, few things in life are as disheartening as a cast that is cut short due to a shortage of line.
Low-Profile Baitcasting Reel: This is one of the more popular baitcasting reels. This is because the reel is easy to handle and highly productive. You can catch a wide variety of different fishing game with the low-profile reel. It greatly reduces line twist as well.
Offshore Reels -
Offshore reels are tough! These reels were made to handle the sometimes harsh offshore conditions that would decimate other reels. Between battling monster-sized fish, saltwater splashing all over your reel and waves crashing into your boat, the offshore reel does a great job of handling it all. It is an endurable reel that can handle harsh fishing conditions. It is not uncommon to pay over $1,000 for a good offshore fishing reel, but you can pay much less than that if you look hard enough.
There are 3 main types of reels that were made for offshore fishing:
Threadline Reels: The threadline reel has also commonly been called the eggbeater reel. The great thing about the threadline reel is that it is easy to use, and it is adaptable to many situations of fishing. You can fish for almost any kind of fish you want with the threadline reel. This is a tough and durable reel that will see you through the most strenuous high-sea fishing battles. This reel is not cheap, but the good news is that it is not super expensive either. It is priced somewhere in the middle range.
Overhead Reels: The overhead reel comes in many different shapes and sizes. With an overhead reel, you also receive a lever drag, which can help you to get through the most trying times with fish.
Non-sidecast Avey’s Reels: Non-sidecast Avey’s were originally made in Australia. They were so good that the idea eventually expanded globally and became one of the most popular reels in the world. It is not uncommon to see these reels mounted onto a boat as a deck-winch. This is a good all-around fishing reel, but it is outstanding for big game. The one area that it is not much good with is lure fishing, but it makes a great trolling reel. There is one negative with this reel and that is with the line slipping off the spool, you need to be careful to keep it from wrapping around the handles and snapping while reeling in a fish. Many a good fishermen has lost a giant yellowfin tuna coming home with only a great fishermen’s tale.
Outside of the spincast reel, the spinning reel is the reel that I grew up on. Most of the fishing reels that I had as a kid (And even now) were spinning reels. The way you cast a spinning reel is you flip up the metal wire, which releases the line for a cast. Then you flip the metal wire down, and it locks the line in place. This reel spins as it is being reeled in, which is where it got its name from. The setup with the spinning reel is straightforward and easy. It is also an easy reel to learn how to use. The spinning reel is another good choice for beginners if they do not want to use the spincast reel because it offers easy operation. These reels can also be equally affordable depending on the type that you purchase.
The spinning reel is accurate and a popular choice for many fishermen. The one thing about the spinning reel is that you must learn when to release the reel. If you release too soon, then your line can end up going behind you in the opposite direction you intended, and if you release too late, then your line will cast wildly too close for comfort.
Surf Fishing Reels
Surf fishing reels were designed particularly for big game fish in mind. These reels are great because you can cast from the beach and cast a great distance. If you do not have the option of a boat, then surf fishing reels would be the next best choice. Another thing that you will notice with surf fishing reels is that you will have more strength than conventional reels. It has a powerful cast that can also be highly accurate.
Surf fishing reels utilize simplicity to the maximum and offer outstanding control that is hard to find with other reels. With surf fishing reels, you will also have wide applicative use, which means that you can fish for a wide selection of different fish. It is a highly adaptable reel that can be used for multiple scenarios.
Fly Fishing Reels
Fly fishing reels were designed with precision in mind. When you go fly fishing, you need to have accuracy in order to cast it in the right spot, so fly fishing reels offer some of the most accurate casting you can find. There are also a variety of different styles of reels for fly fishing. For example, you have certain reels that were designed specifically for trout fishing, and then you have other reels that were designed to catch salmon. With fly fishing reels, you also sometimes have large arbors on the reel, which increase the retrieval speed.
Fly fishing reels are simple, reliable, proven and durable. Fly fishing reels offer superior durability. It is not uncommon to see certain fly fishing reels that have been around for over 40 to 50 years and still being used today. If you are looking to just make a one-time investment in a fishing reel, then a fly fishing reel will be one of the best investments that you ever made.
Trolling reels were designed for big game fishing. They will be able to handle heavier line test because that is what is required for catching big game fish. Because they were designed with trolling in mind, you will also find that trolling reels have a good drag. Trolling reels are also smooth when reeling in bigger fish. There are certain reels that simply cannot handle big game fishing combat, but a trolling reel is guaranteed to be easy on reeling them in.
A Centerpin reel runs freely from the axle. What this allows for is a long distance cast. You also have a large diameter spool with the Centerpin reel. Typically, the spool will be perpendicular to the fishing rod. Centerpin reels are most commonly used by coarse fishermen. Instead of having a mechanical drag, the thumb of the angler is generally used for controlling the fish that is on the line. Centerpin reels are fantastic reels for big game fish like carp because it gives you a lot of control over them.
The centerpin reel was at the height of its success during the 1960s in England. During that time, it was not uncommon to see people going fishing with a centerpin reel. The centerpin reel is still fairly common amongst the Australian fishermen crowd, but otherwise, this reel is not as widely used as many of the others. This is a reel that is mostly being used nowadays for coarse fishing.
These are some of the reels that are commonly used for fishing and are also reels that have stood the test of time. You should choose a reel based on the fish that you want to catch because different reels will be easier for different types of fishing. Most importantly, have fun when you go fishing and take along a friend. Some of the best memories that you will have from fishing will come from being with your friends and family. Fishing is the type of sport that is great for bonding with the people you love, and it gives you a memory that you will always have.