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Get The Right Fishing Reel

Updated: Nov 4, 2022


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fishing rods and reels

 When thinking about how to choose your fishing reel, consider the type of lures or baits that you are going to cast.

Choosing the right size reel is just as simple as determining the size of fishing line that you plan on using the most.

Deciding which spinning reel size you will need may prove to be a little daunting to some, particularly if you are a fishing novice. Choosing the proper spinning reel size will enable you to get the perfect balance between your rod and reel, which will lead to a satisfying fishing experience.   

In this article, we are going to show you how to pick the right spinning reel size for the ideal fishing experience. Now that you know how to pick a suitable reel setup, you may be curious about learning how to pick the best fishing rod.

The thing to keep in mind when choosing your next spinner is there is no exact science, but if you use the sizing guides that I posted above, you will be in the right ballpark.

Choosing a proper reel size cannot be stressed enough, since it impacts casting distance, weight, relationship with the line, and what kind of fishing you are interested in, be it for freshwater or saltwater.   

Ideal for larger species, spinning reels of 4,000 size may offer satisfactory performance while fishing pike, salmon, and trout. You will also be comfortable using a 85/850/8500 size spinning reel on a 5 foot long or larger heavy-action bass fishing boat rod. The 3000-size typically offers plenty of line capacity for casting and landing a respectable number of fish under most conditions, without the bulk of larger-spooling reels, which can be heavier on younger or novice anglers, or too much for the balance on lighter rods.

Upwards in size are 4,000, 5,000, and 6,000, and from the perspective of spinning reels, the 4000 is the leap in terms of being able to handle bigger fish and more lines.   

Generally speaking, spinning reels are good for all kinds of light-to-heavy fishing, except when targeting saltwater large fish such as game species, or freshwater giants like gator gar, massive catfish, or sturgeon, i.e.

While spincasts and fly reels are often found in freshwater areas, spinners and baitcasters are regularly listed in Saltwater Fishing Reels Lists.

Many saltwater fishermen use baitcasting reels as well, targeting species such as striped bass.

More seasoned fishermen generally prefer a spinnerbait fishing reel, particularly if using heavier lures and lines to catch larger gamefish.   

Many anglers prefer a bass fishing lure casting reel for larger, stronger game fish such as musky or smallmouth bass, particularly if they are going to be on the water for a long time.

Spincast fishing reels can be tossed one-handed, just as baitcasters, and are relatively easy to handle without risking a run. While inexpensive and simple to operate, spincast reels are not ideal for stalking fish who might be pulling a bit of line, and they do not have enough power to catch largemouth bass, large trout, and walleye, or other larger species. Popular for targeting GTs, this sized reel will work fine with a GT popping rod, or for offshore go-boating anglers or jigging, this sized reel is appreciated for the larger capacity it matches up to with 15kg+ spinning or jigging rods.

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