How to choose a baitcasting reel

Many of us selection of the gear under certain conditions seems to be a matter of subjectivity. Indeed, one or another angler feels the passion for specific types of rods, lengths. Often in this selection affects the available many a weakness for brands. That, of course, this “subjectivism” only adds to it.

But there is advice and an objective component. It is primarily that under certain conditions, be an important specific characteristics of the coil. And you need to choose among models possessing these characteristics, while others can not pay attention. Plus, as already mentioned, baitcasting tackle the balance of “rod — coil” is very important. He, so to speak, more felt than spinning tackle.

So considering these factors, the recommendations will be close to the objective. This article will build on this principle: the conditions — requirements that are recommended gear — one or two examples. You might find similar models from your favorite manufacturer. And maybe think about the untapped potential of the rod, translated “in stock”.

We will begin, perhaps, with the situation where no good-quality baitcasting gear to do the hardest, with boat fishing macrobalance in General and jerkbaits in particular.

Baitcasting reel — classic jerk

If we consider fishing spinning reel in casting, exercises with baits and their numerous relatives — an area in which most anglers prefer a multiplier. But among baitcasting reels, despite the reliability of their overall system, the choice should be made carefully. Selection criteria are obvious and dictated by the specifics of fishing.

Since we use mostly braided cords test from £ 50, the spool needs to be large line capacity, and the construction of the line bale should not create problems when casting with a thick cord. Because we use aggressive posting large baits, the very design of the “cartoon” should be of good quality — no aluminum gears of a pair. And since the object of fishing — big fish, and the power and smoothness of operation of the clutch needs to be on top.

Given the existing diversity my choice fell on the classic “barrels” of the “old school” and the powerful “boom box”. From “barrels” my Abu Garcia Ambassadeur Classic 5600/5601 . Now this model is no longer available, but something close characteristics can be found. Coil ABU Garcia 5000 a size I about half cover the hand, that allows you to apply a variety of wiring options.

One of the advantages in the use of “classics” — wide possibilities of tuning and repair. To order spare parts for these models not a problem, and the failed coil to restore a snap. Another very good version of the reels for fishing jerkbaits is power “soap” format Banax Draken. I remember seven years ago, their application has caused much debate, but now they are firmly occupied its niche — light and medium jerkbaits with them a good match. You need to pay attention to the capacity to even thick braids came on a spool with at least 100 m.

With a selection of rods more difficult. Because different baits from the class of XXL, there are major jerks and similar lures for hunting for trophy pike, the optimal different kinds of rods.

But if we describe a universal for most situations, for me it would be the rod that meets the following requirements.

It should cope well with baits weighing from 40 to 100 g is Needed for the cast, and the transaction was easy. The rod should not be a stake or “jerk club”, as they like to call some anglers. That is, the pike-kopeck piece on it is obliged already to be felt. The rod should be powerful, to in a critical situation “to fight” pike-padesatka in the grass, and well balanced coil and not to tire during a multi-day fishing.

And last, more subjective — arm should not be “stubby”, too short, it is desirable that it was longer than many other models “jerkbait sticks” are made, like a blueprint, for the last seven years. We need this in order to during a multi-day fishing that you can perform full, often long casts with two hands, distributing the load. With a good size handle hands like “themselves” lie down on it where you need it, and the cast comes out light and far. In addition, when playing trophies the longer handle allows you to rest spinning in the belly or the hip or the take under the mouse.

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Yes, fans of “normal” jerkbait “sticks” this may at first cause some discomfort, but believe me, to good get used quickly. And certainly, it is as though banal sounded, your hands and spin you then say thank you.

If, as is common in surveys, “you must choose only one rod”, I have decided on the model Pontoon21 Hurl-HRC60MH length 6 ft (1.8 m). A definite plus is the relatively small (1,43 cm) transport length: rod with one-piece the form of a collapsible handle. Alternative proposals are now on the market a lot. But because of the variety should definitely pay attention to the products of St.Croix: a rod from the homeland of the jerkbait are of the highest performance. However, they are made in one-piece version, but I know from experience of many colleagues is not stopping.

Large baits for multiplier

It so happened that when fishing on the “jerk-bytovyh landfills” to the boat more often I take a couple of rods. And in most cases, set number two is getting the rod and reel for catching a little less “brutal” lures. In particular, swimbaits, big turntables, big lures and crankbaits. However, the bait may not be very different of their dimensions or weight from “jerks”, but the wiring will be different. This files most often apply to them the various options for uniform transactions — from the simple to the winding mechanism to the “stop-and-go” or soft jerking and twitching.

Coil selection for these kits I made for myself — most suited to a well executed power “soap”. The same Banax Draken , budget options, and from “antipyretic” is a series of IP Rapala or Shimano Calais/Antares. Colleagues in the hobby often prefer top “barrels” type Megabass Monoblock, Ryoga, Daiwa or Shimano Calcutta Conquest/TE/DC. By and large surextremely loads the coil does not experience — casting and posting quite soft and smooth. But the choice should definitely pay attention to the capacity of the spool, the force on the clutch and throw with thick cords. The latter, as a rule, is established or based on feedback or from my own practice.

With rods, the situation is somewhat different.

  • First, a pair of triple “sticks”, which are more or less suitable under such conditions every serious manufacturer. And these Japanese “monsters” like Rapala offer a wide range of. So here intervenes the notorious human factor — love for the products of certain brands.
  • Secondly, it affects another subjective factor, which is in the words “more or less”. Its essence is that different anglers the same characteristics of the rod can both add attractiveness, and to cause a storm of negativity. Moreover, I even a have noticed that in the same conditions with the same set of lures I prefer different types of rods!

If we reject subjectivism and choose the “one” rod, for fishing, for example, relatively large pike lures optimally to draw attention to the universal of “stick”. Or at least to select on the principle of “the main purpose of + one or two extra”. And here quality universals, but for me is first of all the rod building Fast or Extra Fast, very popular. They offer advantages in the fight with large fish near obstructions. Good models when casting heavy baits “included” all form, without causing problems to the angler.

They can fish heavy jigs, large spoons, swimbaits rynkovyi and large wobblers, that is, the whole set of working baits for pike will be closed one “stick.” Yes, under dash wiring large minnow fishing tip significantly “acts out”, but malorastvorima a network is not as critical as it might seem. Because fish are biting, and with powerful butt to keep even a good trophy is simple enough. A definite plus is the fact that one can set to “close” the various categories of lures for catching enough large predators in difficult conditions.

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For example, my favorite, “battle-hardened” tool for fishing big lures Pontoon21 Seven&Half Terms SHC769XF Heavy Jigging has Stroy — pronounced Extra Fast. Such a system, as designated in the model name, is considered a jig. Not very suitable for catching swimbaits and large lures, especially the dash wiring. And the casting may be a little “limp”.

But I have the perch fishing this rod moved after firmly subscribed to the “mandatory bassoon kit”. There I used the brutal “seven” mostly when fishing from the shore when large baits and power fishing need to take one rod. And when you need to get out of the grass desperately resisting bass-“zadachnik” like a carp. Powerful Seven&Half of my massovogo Arsenal successfully used for catching pike.

The pike in the grass on a “normal” lure

Not all of us have the opportunity to go on “girlbarbie” the waters or to hunt for pike with huge silicone baits under a hundred grams of weight. But to hunt for medium-sized pike with the chance every season to catch a trophy “normal” lures for ponds, small lakes, reservoirs, rivers and canals such fishing available to many. And to be honest, in fishing in such “standard” conditions has its incomparable attractiveness.

We don’t need complex technical equipment, often you can fish from shore or just a small light boat”nadunumu”. We can experience pleasure from high-quality casting gear — ultra long casts are not required, because the emphasis we place on accuracy. And most importantly, it is here casting the spinning tackle is attractive: on the overgrown areas we need to use thick cords, making a lot of casts, to use different techniques of animation lures and instantly be ready to bite the predator.

Of the lures in such conditions are suitable, probably, all their types. The only exceptions are the “extreme” options — ultralight spinner baits, heavy jigs, crankbaits ultra-deepwater. Most of us when fishing for pike in some average conditions, the minimum mass and size, but it is reasonable to use a bait called a “turntable”-three. And the most heavy, most likely, “spoons” of 25-30 grams. Somewhere in this range lies the test of the most popular “pike” rods. Usually it’s the bottom test around 5-7 grams, and a “top” — not more than 35. But most — about of an ounce, i.e., 28 plus or minus a few grams.

To coil should meet the following requirements: ability to cast different types of lures weighing from 5-7 and 30-35 g in various ways, good job with the cords with the test 40-50 pounds (lb), ease and reliability. As a wish — we prefer a little higher speed reel with a gear ratio of 1:7 and above. Such a coil in demand when the dash animation of wobblers you need to quickly pick up the slack of the line. Or for spot fishing when you need to throw the bait in the “window” in the weeds, making the wiring short and quickly exhausting the bait for the next cast.

The spool also needs to be fairly easy and not too deep. For example, on a spool, Daiwa Steez 103SHL includes sufficient amount of about 70-80 m — cord Pontoon21 Extreama #3 on the Japanese classification. But the ease of the spool allows you to cast comfortably, even a small mass of bait. I, by the way, the combination of a reel + braided line work on pike and bass for several years. However, lightweight aluminum spool driving gear we are taking a risk with this combination is easy to cut the teeth. The fact that aluminum pinion vulnerable to critical loads.

Still, the margin of safety embedded in it slightly smaller than the bronze of the classics. And like in fishing in these conditions the main pair of gears that our coil does not experience a permanent impact from the transaction of large lures, and generally works for the most part under light loads. But there is always a critical situation — hooks, breakthroughs bait through molesting aquatic vegetation and, of course, playing big fish.

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It would seem that you can apply passovoy “materiel”, to put monofilament fishing line made of nylon or fluorocarbon, and it will protect the mechanism of the coil from overloads. Yes, this approach is justified if we catch not in the grass, but close. And its particularly recommended if you’re lures to the kranks’, a minnow or a top watermy. It is, however, a topic for another conversation: in a nutshell — the number of retirements of fish can be reduced, and to play bait will be a little different. But if we fish among vegetation, a good braided fishing line it can literally cut classic tale of bait and prey. But the monofil no.

In such situations, from the cutting teeth when fishing with a non-stretchable braided lines saves one simple recommendation. At the toe or pulling large fish out of the grass the reel you can always help the “old-fashioned” method is to run a “pumping” when using the winding mechanism we choose the slack fishing line and pulls the fish through the rod.

The spool at the time of pulling the adhered finger — the main burden thus lies on the rod. Now in such circumstances I often like to catch a little more “regular” pillows, with a firmer top. As an example — acclaimed budget series GAD Gancho, from which I have to use model test to 25 and 48 g.

Benefits for themselves at the “poles” of the system when fishing for pike in such conditions, I found a lot.

  • First, their system is perfectly matched with the characteristics of casting a multiplier. This is not so important if we are fishing in heavy lures, but it feels, if all day, throw something in the region of 8-10 g. the Rod is banal does a lot of work for you and send the lure far away, easily and accurately.
  • Second, these rods extend the capabilities of the animation jerk the lure, and the tip is not bent when posting uporoty fan.
  • And third, modern models, and even in baitcasting performance, have a high total sensation — a bite of fish with a wiring jig lures we just feel. And the contact jig with the bottom due to the small range of fishing easy to track on the cord.

The only significant difference, if we talk about choosing a fishing rod for boat fishing and shore will be its optimal length. For shore it is better to take a little longer to hold the bait along the water’s edge or circle the obstacle it is more convenient than short bass ‘stick’. But if you like to catch a particular model, nothing wrong with that — often the choice of length is not as critical as it might seem.

Thus, my thoughts boil down to the following. When fishing from the shore and the main lures are jerk, then, if conditions allow, on the shore, take with itself on fishing as the main “wand” with a length of 1.98 m -2,13 m (6 feet 6 inches to 7 feet). For example, short model Gancho. This length is sufficient for most situations, and the excellent ergonomics of these rods allows you to catch rynkovyi lures, not much atalayas. Exactly the same rods used for boat fishing.

But if near the shore a lot of grass or fish will snag on the waters, and priority on baits and fishing is “all”, then take the model longer, optimally 2.29 m (7ft 6in) or even more. And then definitely for me to come to the fore universal “magnums” from line Pontoon21 Seven&Half.

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