Man Holds Fishing Rod And Reel


Understanding the features of fishing reels is important in choosing the reel that’ll suit your needs. Before you start spending, you must know what features you will need in a fishing reel based on the preferred fish to catch and your angling technique. As a beginner, you might not be even sure of that.

Check out the features of fishing reels on this guide.


The anti-reverse gear adds security for larger game fish. High-quality reels provide you complete control over ‘stop and go’ retrieves as well as solid hook sets.


All conventional fishing reels contain either ball bearings or bushings built within the reel to operate the spool smoothly. Consider the overall smoothness and performance of the fishing reel.


Casting control determines the speed of the fishing reel when spinning. These systems are centrifugal and magnetic, depending on the model.


The drag controls the speed of line leaving the fishing reel when a fish pulls hard from the water. Always check your drag, as each drag will differ from each type of fishing reel.


The gear ratio refers to the number of revolutions the spool of the reel can make in every complete turn of the reel handle. High-speed reels are better for working lures quickly.


Line capacity simply shows the amount of fishing line the reel can hold.


This feature is also known as a clicker or bait alarm alerting you of a fish strike. Always disengage the clicker when retrieving or casting.


Anodized aluminium and graphite are the materials used for constructing reel housings or frames. Anodized aluminium makes the reel stronger but heavier, while graphite reels are light and corrosion-resistant.


Anodized aluminium is the most common material used for spools. It provides greater strength and durability than graphite spools, which can break or crack under torque. The spool holds your fishing line.


The handle is what you use to retrieve line. Most reels in Australia are right hand. If you are left handed, you probably want to look for left handed reels.

With that said, as a beginner, which I suspect you would be if you are reading this article, a middle-ground, entry level reel is going to be your best choice. That would be a size 1000, 1500, 2000 or 2500 spinning reel. The size 1000 is for ultra-light fishing in freshwater and estuaries with a rod in the 1-4kg class. The size 2500 spinning reel is a good choice as it is considered a general freshwater, estuary and saltwater fishing reel and should be paired with a rod in the 3-6kg class. Rod and reel combos are a great way to get your hands on a rod and reel setup that has been paired correctly.


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Robert M Davies
Robert M Davies

Robert passed the "Obsessed With Fishing Test" with flying colours. Instead of talking, Robert has turned his hand to writing about his experience in fishing all around Australia.