Selecting your first baitcaster can be a daunting task as there are so many products and price points on the market today. Sometime during the initiation process of bass fishing, anglers take steps that elevate them from a beginner to the more advanced status of their sport. One crucial step in this process is learning how to master a
Spinning and spin-cast reels can adequately handle some bass fishing techniques (especially light-line presentations), but the durable and dependable
Purchasing Your First Baitcaster
So any beginning bass anglers who want to consistently catch more fish must make the
Setting A Budget
The first step you need to take when choosing a
If you buy the cheapest reel you can find, you will usually be frustrated with its performance or it won’t last long. The amount of usage can determine how much you should spend on your first baitcaster. If you are going to fish more than 35 days a year you should look at spending about $100 for a
All reels now have some sort of magnetic cast control which will help you avoid the frustration of constant backlashes. Baitcast reels with magnetic cast controls feature magnets that put resistance on the spool as it turns and
Baitcasters Magnetic Breaking
Despite the cast controls and magnetic braking systems on today’s
Your first baitcaster should also have a reliable drag system. You want a drag that keeps the pressure on bass without line slippage but will also allow a surging bass to pull line smoothly off the spool to prevent it from breaking your line.
You should also consider purchasing a
Get A Reel That Can Do It All
Your first baitcaster should be a multipurpose reel in the mid-price range with a gear ratio between 6.2:1 to 7.0:1. Most of these reels will have about the same line capacity of 110 to 120 yards in the 10- to 14-pound test range.
A reel in the mid-speed gear ratio range will handle most bass fishing applications because it allows you to adjust the speed of your retrieve easier than low- or high-speed reels. If you are fishing a buzz bait or Rat-L-Trap, you can crank a 6.2:1 reel faster and still get good performance. If you are slow rolling a spinnerbait or fishing a deep-diving crankbait you can still wind it slow enough that it’s not going to overwork the lure. If you buy a
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