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Fishing, Buying the Right Reel

Updated on April 12, 2010

Fishing is a great winter or summertime sport. It is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. There is no competition, no time constraints, and everyone in the family can participate together whether young or old. It brings families together in a common interest. It is relaxing and can reduce the stress of everyday life. It is a wonderful way to spend a slow quiet relaxing day with those you love. However there are a few things that you will need to get started fishing. Rods and Reels and a little bait and tackle and you are all set to go. Fishing is not a very expensive sport and if you are a beginner I would suggest that you go cheap with your equipment. There are many rod and reel fishing combos for a reasonable price, you don't have to go into the poor house getting set up for a great day of fishing. I am going to tell you how to go about setting up for fishing by recommending some reels. The reel needs to be on a rod but the reel is the piece of equipment that needs to work correctly for you to bring in that big fish.

Many of the fishing reels these days have some sort of ball bearing works inside the working part of the reel. This I would recommend that you get for your fishing reels. Years and years ago reels did not have ball bearings like they do today. The more ball bearings in your reel the smoother it will work for you.

Spincast Reels

The spincast reel is the easiest reel to use and what most beginners start out with. There are many different brands on the market today. Zebco is one of the most common and cheapest spincast reels out there. They are a great beginner reel. Easy to use and fairly durable. A great beginner reel, especially for kids. I have been fishing for over 25 years and one of my first spincast reels was a Daiwa. I love Daiwa, it is a very well made reel and lasts for a very long time if taken care of. Shakespeare is another good brand of reel and you can't go wrong with one of these.

Daiwa Spinning Reels

Spinning reels are the next step up from a spincast reel. They usually work better and because the line is not hampered by a case surrounding them they seem to cast better and farther. Using a spinning reel takes a bit of practice but in the long run if you are serious about fishing this is a great reel to own. I have about 20 different spinning reels for different uses and conditions. In my many years of fishing and owning reels I have found for the price Daiwa is one of the best around. They are very well made and are well worth the money. I have bought other brands that I am satisfied with, but as of yet I have not found a brand I like more than Daiwa. The price of Daiwa reels is a bit more than some brands, but you get what you pay for. I have owned cheaper reels and have bought 2 or more replacements for these reels and still my Daiwa is going strong. I will recommend a Daiwa everytime.

Quantum Spinning Reels

Quantum spinning reels are another good buy. I have used these for many years and they are durable and long lasting. Quantum is a division of Zebco. The prices for the Quantum vary but overall are an affordable reel and well constructed. I have a heavy duty reel that I use when I go for catfish and a very small light weight reel that I use for pan fish. My Quantum reel has given me many years of fishing use. A good reel for any fisherman.

Other Good Reels

There are many different reels out there. And many of them are very good reels. I have owned all these shown. I have the Shakespeare shown and bought it because of the great color. Now the color has nothing to do with the performance of a reel but I am a woman and like pretty colors. This reel has been a pleasant surprise far exceeding my expectations. A good all around reel. Shimano and South Bend have been in the fishing business for many years and make a good product. Abu Garcia is a good reel and can be a bit pricey but it is a good working reel.


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    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks Peter for reading my hub, yes I do love to fish.

    • Peter Owen profile image

      Peter Owen 

      7 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

      I'm not that big on fishing but you appear to have a great array of reels here, Nice hub.

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks Michael, I use spinning reels, I tried to use a baitcasting reel once but couldn't get the hang of it. Thanks so much for reading my hub.

    • Michael Shane profile image

      Michael Shane 

      8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great hub! I use baitcasting reels down here...


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