Post By: ratdog Posted: 4/20/2018 2:51:52 PMPoints: 146
I have always used spinning reels, I'm thinking about a bait casting reel. I read the blog about them but I need more help. Can anyone give me advice on any certain models, and should I be looking for a combo setup. I don't want to break the bank but I want to be happy with what I get. THKS
all the major outdoor stores now offer some pretty good options for rods\reels\combos. The BP line up of rods and reels, in particular the signature series are pretty darn good.
This topic comes up frequently and you should get a bunch of responses.
Before I give an actual recommendation, what specifically are you looking to do with the reel? cranks? jerk? jigs? swim? etc. That part will also help determine a rod. What price point are you talking about?
Will also add.. buy what you can afford as you will likely get what you pay for. The other thing I'll add is to go to the stores and palm a few, see what feels good to you. Won't matter how much or how little you spend, if it isn't comfortable, you won't like it.
The first baitcaster that I bought was a Lew's combo from sportsman's warehouse for $115.00 give or take a few. The fishing pole is a medium heavy 6'10" fast action pole. The fishing pole will work fine for most baitcasting applications. What I've been very impressed with is Lew's baitcasting reels. The reel combo'd with the pole is a great reel. I've bought other brands and have used many of my friend's high priced baitcasting reels, but I.M.O, Lew's has the best baitcasting reels. I've bought their higher priced baitcasting reels, and love them! Most of my friends have also converted to Lew's baitcasting reels as their favorite baitcasting reels as well.
I was in your shoes a couple years ago. I bought a bill dance combo from Bass pro. It was a nice set up. But I made the mistake of buying the right handed reel instead of the left handed reel. Everything I did I just couldn't get used to the right handed reel. I have always reeled my spin reels lefted. Well after a while I finally bought a left handed baitcast reel. It took a while of many utube videos and just time out on the water. I'm finally getting these things down. One thing I found was baitcasting reel work better with the heavier baits. I struggle with trying to use light lures and have more issues there. I do find many presentations that were hard with spin gear work a lot easier with baitcasters.
I know everyone says you get what you pay for in these reels but I'm cheap so I have lower end reels I am getting by with. I have two kastking reels and so far they're decent. The royal legend and the speed demon. Both are nice once I got them toned in. The speed demon is 9.3 to 1 ratio. This thing is blazing fast. Give a try. I'm glad I did
Abu Garica C3 series has been around forever for good reason. They are easy to use, easing to clean and extremely durable. NOT made in China and Abu Garica will stand behind these products. When out with my casting gear, I'm armed with right and left handed reel, as working big jerkbaits gets tiring after a while. Did I mention they are built to last?