How to buy a bass fishing reel

Bass fishing is a multi-million dollar sport that is enjoyed by men, women and children of all ages. It’s a versatile

sport that you can do whenever it’s convenient for you. You can go fishing once in awhile or spend all of your

free time reeling in the bass. You can fish for fun or become a professional and fish in one of the many

tournaments held each year in which you can compete for cash and prizes.

In order to become a great bass angler, you must have a great bass fishing reel. It can be a little difficult picking out the best reels for your fishing needs because there are many different models on the market that range in a variety of prices from the cheap to the very expensive. Different anglers prefer different types of reels because everyone is different and what works for one may not be very effective for someone else.

How to Buy a Fishing Reel
There are many things to consider when buying fishing reels. The first step is to learn all you can about the different types of reels available. The main types used for bass fishing include baitcasting, spinning and fly reels. Each one has its own unique features that appeal to different types of anglers and they’re used for different types of fishing.

It’s a good idea to have several different types of reels so you can experiment with new techniques and expand your knowledge and fishing skills. Even though there are different types of fishing reels to choose from, there are a few things they’ll all have in common when it comes to buying a bass fishing reel.

How to buy a bass fishing reel:
* Set Your Budget- Since bass fishing reels vary in price considerably starting at around fifty dollars and they go all the way up to hundreds of dollars, you need to have some idea of how much you’re willing to spend before you go shopping. Then look for the reels that fall into your price range.
* Consider the Features- The next step will be to consider the features you would like to have. When you’re new to the sport it’s recommended that you buy a simple reel with few extra features because they’re easier to use and this makes it easier to learn how to use the reel correctly. After you become more experienced, you can add features. The spinner reels are the easiest to use and the baitcasting reels are the hardest.
* Saltwater or Freshwater- You’ll need to buy the reel designed for the type of fishing you plan to do. If you fish in both types of water, then you need to buy both types of reels.
* Match Your Fishing Rod- It’s also important that you match your reel to the type of rod you plan on using.

For example, if you’re going fly fishing, you’ll need a fly reel and so forth. Size matters as well. You’ll need to combine a heavy duty fishing rod with a heavy duty reel.
* Gear Ratio- The gear ratio measures the number of times the spool revolves each time it makes a complete turn. This is often referred to as the retrieval speed. A high gear ratio works best when the bass are active and moving fast. The lower gear ratio reels are best used when fishing in deep water or when using crankbaits.
* Drag System- A good drag system is very important because it can make the difference between reeling the fish in or having it get away. The drag adjustment should also be located in a convenient place so it won’t interfere with your fishing abilities.
* Durability- You must look for reels that are made from good quality materials. Spending a little more up front will pay off in the long-run because the reel will hold up better and last longer.

Another thing to consider is how much capacity of fishing line the reel with hold. It should have at least a 100 yard capacity when using ten to seventeen pound test line. If you have absolutely no idea what to look for when buying a fishing reel, you can always buy a rod and reel combo to make things easier.

Conclusion
Fishing reels have undergone many changes throughout the years. Some of the designs are complicated and expensive while others are still simple, easy to use and affordable. With so many different types of reels

available on the market it can be difficult to know which one to buy when you’re first starting out but the information above can help you make a wise choice.

It’s recommended that you buy several bass fishing reels so you’ll have one for every occasion and each technique that you want to try. You can start out with a simple one and buy some of the more complicated models as you become more experienced.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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