The Benefits of Baitcasting Reels

Admittedly, a lot of people are hesitant when it comes to buying or using baitcasting reels (also called overhead reels.) Some are citing the expensive price tags attached to this fishing implement. Others are saying that these feel “heavy” and problematic to use. And then there are others still who are saying that these reels are by far, more difficult to use or master or get comfortable with… especially if you compare these to the other fishing reels currently available in the market. There are grains of truth to these claims, but there are also certain facts that you ought to know also.

One: true enough, there are some branded baitcasting reels that can burn huge holes in your pocket. The most expensive pieces can easily go for $500 or more, and that still does not include upgrades or other attachments. However, there are also several good brands that are now offering professional reels that cost between $40 and $50 only. If you choose the right reel for your fishing style and experience, these inexpensive models may be good enough to make upgrades or attachments almost unnecessary.

Two: These reels will always “feel” heavier, simply because these are most suited for heavier lines and bait. Although this seems like the most common complaint of first time users, many people eventually learn how to use that weighty feel to their advantage.

Three: baiting reels are not really for novices. If you want to learn how to fish, then you are better off with easier-to-handle reels that you can use as your training tool. But, if you want to learn how to fish like a pro, then eventually you will have to gravitate towards learning how to use baitcasting reels.

Of course, you can learn how to fish professionally without ever using this kind of reel, but you might want to consider the fact that: many professional anglers and deep sea fishers use such implements because these provide more control when it comes to handling larger game. Very often, you will see this kind of reel when anglers go out to catch tuna, sailfish and marlin in choppy waters. Naturally enough, when you are after such game, you would need a larger and more robust overhead reel that can handle the heavy line, the bulky bait, and the subsequent drag that both line and bait provide when these are trolling in the water.

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