Fishing is one of those hobbies where you don’t want to buy all the gear with no idea. After all, it can be hard enough out there on the water that you don’t want your poor equipment to be the reason you have no bites. If you have an upcoming fishing trip or find you are dissatisfied with the spool you already have, here is a guide to finding the right spool for you.
Understanding every spool options
Before you choose your fishing reel spooler, you need to understand the four options on the market. Some can be used every day for a range of baits and fish types, whereas others are only used when on a specific type of fishing trip. The four types are baitcasting, spincast, spinning and fly reels. Naturally, it is best to only choose one that you have had experience with before, otherwise, you might be committing to something with more or less power than you are trained and experienced in. If you are new to fishing and setting up your kit, get clear on what your intentions and plans are so you don’t choose the wrong equipment that won’t serve you in the future.
Consider your baits
What you are fishing for, and what you subsequently use as bait will determine your choice of fishing reel spoolers. Larger baits, or lures, will require a larger spool to support the weight and shape. Generally speaking, a spinning spool is best for small baits and allows for total control when winding in. For larger baits, bait casters are going to be the better bet. Fortunately, there is a large range in both fishing reel options, and so it comes down to personal preference and budget once you have chosen between the spinning spool or a bait caster. You likely will not have the same bait type and size every time you go out, but the fishing reel will typically give you an idea of how big you can go, so understand what the range is for your chosen reel.
The drag system
Everyone wants an ideal drag system for their fishing reel, anything else will give you some unpredictability out on the water and might even cause you to release your catch. Quality fishing reels will have a drag system that is smooth, responsive and able to be adjusted. Cheap, unmaintained or old fishing reels will not have a smooth drag system and you can actually hear it when you are reeling in. It might be an idea to hire the equipment you intend to buy before you buy it so you can see how it handles and fine-tune your choice based on that trial.
Brand and quality
Like any product for sale, there is always huge variability in quality. That means that there is also huge variability in the output you can expect. Choosing a reputable brand is always going to be the right way to go, as the precision is there and the right materials and engineering have gone into producing a fishing reel that gives the fisher every advantage. Cheap and inferior fishing reels could have the potential to harm your other equipment, like your rod, and that cheaper price point will ultimately be a bigger expense if you have to replace what you already have as a result. There is no shortage of fishing media, YouTube channels and known personalities that you can learn from – so take the time to read reviews and determine what brands are best.
We hope that you have a better insight into what to look for in a fishing reel spool. It can be daunting to enter a fishing store with thousands of products, brands and features – so don’t rush your selection and feel confident to ask all the questions you might have.