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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Baitcasting Reels for Fishing

Bait Casting Reels Characteristics


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Baitcasting Reels for Fishing

Baitcasting reels are very popular and work better than other kinds of fishing reels for some kinds of fishing.

Learning To Cast A Baitcasting Reel

The Good

  • Handle heavy line well

  • Gearing allows you to put a lot of pressure on fish while fighting them

  • Give you more control when casting

  • Allow you to control lure placement more exactly by thumbing the spool

  • Reel placement close to rod gives you more leverage when fighting fish

The Bad

  • Takes a good bit of practice to learn to cast

  • Fairly expensive for good reels expect to pay at least $70

  • Will not cast real light lures

The Ugly

  • backlashes are guaranteed, no matter how good you are, you will have to pick out a backlash at times

  • Lots of parts when you take one apart to clean

Baitcasting reels deserve a place in your arsenel of fishing gear. Use them where they shine and use them correctly and they will serve you well.

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