Spinning Reels On A Shelf

FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN A BUYING SPINNING REEL FOR BEGINNERS

Beginner anglers normally pick spinning reels instead of baitcasters for any type of fishing since they are easier to use. However, buying your very first spinning reel can be very tricky, especially if you have no idea what to buy.

Here are some tips on what you should be looking for.

REEL BODY

Typically, the body of the spinning reels available in the market is made from graphite and aluminium. But, there are also some reels with components made of both.

Believe it or not, the aluminium reel bodies tend to be stronger compared to the reels made from graphite. On the other hand, the spinning reels with a graphite body are lighter compared to the other option. It’s hard to say which is better because it will depend on the way the reel body was manufactured.

Spinning reels are often classified into freshwater and saltwater reels. I recommend getting a saltwater reel which is designed and built to fend off corrosion so you have the choice of freshwater or saltwater fishing.

CONSIDER THE REEL SIZE

The best size reel for someone just getting started is something around size 20 (2000). This size is a general purpose reel. You can check the reel size on its body or on the details page of the spinning reel when purchasing online.

THINK ABOUT THE GEAR RATIO

You can determine the gear ratio by the number of times the bail will rotate on the spool during a single complete rotation of the reel handle. Most of the time, spinning reels with higher ratio has a faster retrieve speed.

For beginners, a 6:1 ratio is a good place to start.

CHECK THE REEL’S DRAG SYSTEM

There are two kinds of drag system available for spinning reels. The first one is called the front drag while the other one is the rear drag. These can be determined by the location of the drag controls. Those with front drag system comes with a lot of large drag washers that increase the reel’s performance, while the rear drag system is easier to control.

This is really a matter of preference.

ANTI-REVERSE

The performance of the spinning reel is affected by its anti-reverse handle feature since it prevents the handle from involuntarily spinning backwards when trying to fight a fish. It also works with the reel’s drag system to avoid unexpected line breaking from a resistant fish.

The preferences of anglers for their spinning reels can change depending on their needs and expertise. But if you’re just starting out in fishing, by purchasing a general use fishing reel for saltwater from a well-established brand on a reputable retailer with a rod to match, and you really can’t go wrong.

 


 

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Peter Hollingsworth
peterh@dinga.com.au

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.