All Different Types of Fishing Reels

Picking the best tool for the fishing and being versatile and committed to master the skills of how to use it. Haven’t figured out which type of reel to use? Get to know about the different reels and let these help you in choosing the reel that is best for you.

Spincast Reel

Spincast reel is popular and it is much preferred by inexperienced anglers. It is a type of spinning reel with an enclosed spool and uses a rotating cup that winds line onto the spool. In this type of reel, a pin in the winding cup is retracted when the push button is depressed holding the button in. Thus, keeping the line from falling out of the reel when swinging back to cast out.

Spincasting reels are often designed around the concept of free spool priority. Simply put, it makes casting easy to do. It also prevents snarling and backlash which is usual in bait casting because the spin cast reel is mounted above the rod with the reel spool enclosed with a nose cone cover that is why this type of fishing reel is excellent for beginners and teaching novice anglers the mechanics of casting

Spinning Reel

You might probably hear about spinning reels being called as “sissy sticks” and “fairy wands”. Most newbies and entry level in fishing use this type of reel. The Younger generation of fishermen and anglers are brought up to fishing starting with the use of spinning reels. But these anglers especially those who know the benefits of spinning reel would still prefer buying spinning reels than bait casting reels though bait casting reels are more popular.

It is probably the most common type of fishing reel. But the experience of these anglers using this reel is simply satisfying. Since this type of fishing reel has a fixed spool underneath the rod, and its line is drawn out by the weight of the lure or bait and tackle.

The biggest reason people choose spinning reels is its all-around versatility. It is the best option for catching small to medium-sized fish like bass, redfish, and other small fishes. It can be used to cast many different types of tackle including artificial lures and live bait. Not to mention, it’s better to use when pitching and skipping under docks. The spinning reel is also used a lot in saltwater because of its ability to keep its resistance well against a fish on the really light line.

The only set back to a spinning reel is that when you cast to a target instead of the lure dropping straight down, the lure will swing away from the target in a pendulum motion. But it can be easily solved by not closing the bail until the lure settles down to where your target is.

Another problem of the spinning reel is that it is susceptible to wear under harsh conditions. But with regard to accuracy, the spinning reel can place a lure of most any size and weight into a certain target from at least twenty yards away. On the other hand, for distance, it sends a lure quite far and rarely ever gets a backlash.

What to remember about spinning reel is that it cannot be used for heavy or larger catch. It cannot handle line weights above ten pounds. If you are fishing heavy cover or areas with rocks, use a heavier line or use a bait casting reel instead.

Saltwater Spinning Reel

Saltwater spinning reels are like what general reels are for example spinning reels. They can be classified as either high-speed or low-speed. High-speed saltwater spinning reels have a gear ratio greater than 6:1. This is used to retrieve baits at breakneck speed. While Low-speed reels, uses a gear ratio with less than 4:1 which offers more power for fighting big fish.

Spinning reels may have almost the same landing power as do the saltwater spinning reel but the difference is the internal gearing of the saltwater spinning reels which is often most definitely made of special alloys. These alloys are corrosion resistant which makes this type of reel best use during harsh conditions like when fishing in saltwater.

Bait Casting Reel

Bait casting reels are for the most experienced anglers and fishermen. Using this type of fishing reel takes a lot of patience, experience, and skill. It is used for better control and accuracy. With this type of reel, the spool rotates as you cast. It allows the user to feather the spool for precise placement of lures. This type of reel has also small dimensions with no bail arm or handle which makes it manageable.

Other benefits of using this reel are for flicking lures, as these reels have more control, better balance and better in one hand operation. When using it for live baiting, you can definitely have more confidence in terms of power and control as this type of real fishing is strong and can handle heavy and larger preys like large catfish and larger a freshwater fish such as the alligator gar.

The only problem with this fishing reel is having experience a lot of backlashes. A lot of part-time fishermen do not have the patience that most expert fishermen have. So, make sure you have longer patience in practicing before buying a bait casting reel.All Different Types of Fishing Reels1

Trolling Reel

Trolling is a form of angling where lines with hook-rigged lures are dragged behind a boat to entice fish to bite. There are three basic features of a trolling reel that cannot be found in some reels: a line braking system, an on and offline release lever and a line out alarm. This type of fishing reel offers the most versatility when it comes to fishing line options. It is most useful when presenting multiple lures covering a lot of water.

A trolling reel is designed to be heavy duty and take a lot of effort and amount of drag around twenty-five pounds and higher. This type of fishing reel also has lugs to strap into a harness. They are built for resolving line capacity, frame strength, and sometimes is effective gearing.

It has a very little concern around free spool priority. Most trolling reels have heavy solid spools. These heavy solid spools have more kinetic energy than lighter spools. And this will only mean it is going to be difficult to control since it will take more force to get the spool spinning and it will take more “opposing force” to slow or stop the spool.

Lever Drag Reel

All types of fishing reels have a drag system. You may think of it as a clutch or line braking system. The idea of using a drag is letting the line unwind in a controlled manner off the reel when a fish fights and pulls so hard that the line is in danger of breaking.

A lever drag supposedly allows more precise drag manipulation when fighting a large fish. Also, there is a lot more drag surface on lever drags which can be seen in the smoothness, durability and power of drag that this reel has. This is an advantage as it gives better control over drag settings. And this is the reason why all high-end big game reels are now level drag and not star drag.

A cool feature with lever drag is its strike setting, a known value like a full drag setting. Using this setting, you can vary the drag and know almost exactly what the setting is. Then you can come back to a previous setting and know what the drag value is. And what’s more is once you set it for the lb test you are using for that reel, you never need to adjust it again. All of this can be done quickly and accurately with the lever drag reel.
A disadvantage with lever drags is that it only takes the pressure off the drag with the gear train still turning with the spool. The lever drag reel also spins the drag disc along with the spool this increases the mass of the spool which inhibits casting efficiency. This means that you have to move the lever farther.

If you are not that well skilled in casting  but you want to get  more distance with no backlash and be in control of fish in heavy ocean current then this type of fishing reel is definitely for you.

Star Drag Reel

Star drag reels always worked well for when fishing from the rocks or sand. The precision and control over the drag are the main reason why other avid fishermen prefer using star drag reel. Star drag reels have a slight edge on casting ability. This type of fishing reel has a disc that is separate from the spool and does not rotate during casting which minimizes rotational mass increasing casting efficiency.

The majority of star drags disconnect the gear train when put in free spool and so it will cast farther, or drop faster. With the star drag, you can set the strike settings. But once you changed it, it becomes difficult to know the previous strike setting. Since there are no reference points on a star drag and you needed to add some drag pressure during fighting a fish, you won’t be able to know how much more drag you are giving the reel.

Electric Reel

They say electric reels are the bomb for the deep and these reels are changing the way anglers’ fish. As for most anglers, it makes deep fishing much more fun.

Electric reels are electric assist fishing reels. In this type of fishing reel, you have two mode settings. One setting selects a speed mode and the other is the power factor which can be adjusted to maintain speed and can also be altered depending on the load.

One reason for most fishermen to switch to electric reel was the frustration of winding all the way in if the baits get picked off as this could result in losing time between drops while trying to stay over a narrow structure. So, if you plan on catching for large aquatic fishes that roam and live on deep waters like sword fish and tuna, then this is the best reel for you.

The advantage of an electric reel is that it has an electric motor to help you retrieve the rig or jig back and not to winch big fish up. What is also amazing with this type of fishing reel is that the reel change automatically when you caught a big fish. Though, problems also happen with this type of reel. Sometimes the reel does change down a gear when pulling in your sinker and big baits but you can usually solve this by hitting the button and it will just switch back into high gear.

In buying this type of fishing reel, keep in mind that in handling and taking care of electric reel takes a lot of effort for it to last long. You have to keep them as clean and dry as possible.

Also, electric reels are all “Power Assisted” reels which mean it operates with the use of batteries. You must have a good voltage supply. Some users found out that of the boat supply is superior to a battery.

Moreover, direct spraying while traveling is going to damage your reel. It has to be cleaned with good water repelling lubricant or protectant. And lastly, be mindful of the speed and your load especially when the spool is getting near full capacity.


Before spending your money in buying a fishing reel, keep in mind that picking the right reel will depend on the type of fish, and where you would go fishing. It also takes a lot of skills and experience for each reel to be properly used. But fishing is meant for pleasure, so, whatever reel you choose to have, what makes you feel comfortable, when you have the heart for it, you’ll surely have a better fishing experience and a great catch!

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