Published at Tuesday, 03 April 2018. Fishing Reels. By Rubina Sibilla.
Baitcasting Reels: These reels work with the weight of your bait or lure as it pulls on the line and turns the spool. They are typically preferred by more experienced anglers especially when using heavier lures and lines for large game fish. Handles are usually located on the right-hand side of the reel. Most baitcasting reels incorporate a drag system which adjusts the resistance or drag on your spool and controls the level of resistance needed to pull the right length of line off the spool many anglers prefer baitcasting reels for larger stronger game fish like musky or smallmouth bass particularly if they′ll be out on the water for an extended period of time. Many saltwater anglers also use baitcasting reels for species like striped bass some baitcasting reels come in one-piece designs that lessen the corrosive effects of saltwater.
Fill Your Reel Just Right. When using a baitcasting reel filling the spool to 90 percent capacity is recommended. This optimizes casting performance. Too much line is likely to increase the chance of backlash while not enough limits casting distance. For spinning reels a good rule of thumb is to fill the spool until there′s at least 1/8 inch of room from the line to the edge of the spool lip. That will let you use the most line capacity without causing line to spring off the spool and form tangles. The 1/8-inch rule applies to spincast reels too but you′ll have to remove the reel′s front cover so you can check the amount of line on the spool.
To keep reels in prime fighting condition periodic disassembly and cleaning is necessary at least every two years preferably annually. Because of the intricate mechanics this chore is best left to professional technicians at reputable tackle shops or service centers. The reels will be completely disassembled down to the last screw and thoroughly cleaned with ultrasonic dunking the preferred method. For the quickest turnaround have this done in the winter off-season.
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