Whether you've mastered the basics of casting. Or, already competent, and looking to expand your arsenal, a baitcasting reel is for you
Baitcasting reels are more difficult to use than spinning reels and usually chosen by the more experienced fishermen. If you are new to fishing you may want to check out our list of spinning reels.
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The Shimano Tranx consists of a Hagane body which is both hard and rigid, whilst remaining amazingly light.
This is a low profile reel that is very strong and suitable for large fish. Its construction is suited for both salt and freshwater
With its new design, it reduces the backlash that inevitably occurs when casting. The 3D modeling process used when designing the Tranx, has resulted in gears that are silky smooth and turn the retrieval process into a seamless dream.
The design of this reel is intended to keep it lightweight but still capable of coping with heavy inshore fish.
The Daiwa TWS T features the T Wing system, designed to add extra line control that makes it easier to cast further without as much backlash as other baitcasting reels have.
The unit features a tournament drag system that limits friction. Its gearing has been engineered hand in hand with the drag system to with withstand heavy loads and keeps the ratio of retraction low so as not to allow your quarry to escape.
The Daiwa Tatula CT Type R is the successor of the Tatula CT. It is about 25% lighter and slightly smaller than its predecessor.
This unit features the outstanding T Wing line control system, reducing friction and backlash when casting.
The Tatula CT also features an air rotation system making the winding smoother and the reel is designed to spread the pressure across the reel to make the whole retraction process easier.
This is an extremely light reel that fits snugly in the palm of your hand. The aluminum frame forms the base of the reels construction.
With 11 bearings this unit offers competition level performance. The smooth retraction is one of its biggest features.
The reel also features a magnetic braking system with a V6061 T6 aluminum spool
The cost of quality baitcasters is usually a lot more expensive than the average spinning reels that are aimed at beginner fishermen. This can be a deterrent for those new to fishing, or making the conversion to baitcasting.
The Phantom is a unit that is not only of high quality but very well priced and affordable.
This baitcasting reel weights an astonishing (5.7oz) Its carbon fibre body and handle make this unit only light but sturdy too.
The aluminum spool and anodized gears make the unit highly water-resistant and able to stand up to harsh fishing conditions.
The Phantom has a dual braking system, featuring both a centrifugal and magnetic brake. This combination helps to almost eliminate backlash in the hands of an experienced angler.
If you are new to the idea of casting reels, there are some significant advantages that baitcasting reels have over spinning reels
If you are left-handed and buy a spinning reel that has the handle on the right, this is no big issue. Simply swap the handle over. This option is not available on casting reels, however. You need to make sure you buy the right type of reel for your dexterity. This is an area where I myself have fallen victim so be sure to do your homework.
The braking system is responsible for slowing down the reel once the bait has been cast. This reduces the chance of a birds nest developing by the reel over spinning.
The braking systems reduce the backlash once the bait hits the water. Backlash is the line that continues to run due to the inertia of the cast.
The gear ratio affects ho much line is wound in when the handled of the reel is turned.
For heavier catches its important that the gear ratio is lower. Should the speed of the retrieve bee too fast the line can come lose quite messily.
The ratio is indicated by two numbers “6.4: 1”. The first number indicates the revolution of the spool and the second number is the turns of the handle it takes to achieve the revolutions.
In the example ratio of 6.4: 1. This means that for each turn of the handle the spool will rotate 6.4 times.
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