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The Best Baitcasting Reels For Serious Anglers

Updated on December 8, 2010

You’ve heard it mentioned by experienced anglers that baitcasting is not an easy job which gives you the impression that it is a way of fishing fit for pros. Well, if you think so, you’re probably right because baitcasting requires a certain amount of practice for one to get it right. I, for instance, had lots of troubles and frustrations with many times of backlashing starting out. However, as soon as you master it, you can reap lots of advantages.

For example, if you are already familiar with fishing rods and fishing reels, then you can easily master the use of baitcasting reels and with this knowledge you can employ this when fishing in different water environments. Baitcasting reels allow you to regulate the release of fishing line by just using your thumb. If you’ve already mastered it, you will know how it gives you better chances of hitting the right spots in the water where you got better chances of catching fish. Baitcasting reels are also known to be very easy to handle because of their compact size and light weight. That also tells you it’s easy to store in your backpack.

When looking for a good baitcasting reel for your baitcasting rod, check for its construction as it should be built of durable and water-resistant materials. Some materials to go for are anodized aluminum, graphite and stainless steel. Aside from being rust-proof, these materials are also light so they make it easier for the angler to use it. You can also take note of the number of ball bearings in a reel as it can be a sign of the reel’s smoothness when it comes to performance. Check also for things such as drag and the handle. Your baitcasting reel should have a reliable drag system that will secure your line and haul up your catch quickly. You can also watch out for baitcasting reels with ergonomic handles so you can prevent blisters while you’re fighting it out with stubborn fish.

Here are some of the best baitcasting reels you can choose from.

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C4 Baitcast Round Reel (4 Ball-Bearing, Gear Ratio 6.3:1, Capacity 14/245)
Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C4 Baitcast Round Reel (4 Ball-Bearing, Gear Ratio 6.3:1, Capacity 14/245)

Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C4 Baitcast Round Reel (4 Ball-Bearing, Gear Ratio 6.3:1, Capacity 14/245)

If you’ve gone asking around for the best baitcasters, you may have already heard about the Ambassadeur. It’s got everything you’ve got to look for in a fishing reel such as a durable frame, smooth performance and a reliable drag. This reel functions flawlessly with its four ball bearings made of stainless steel that will surely weather out years and years of enjoyable hours out in the water. It also secures your line and prevents it from knotting and tangling with its non-slip spool, six-pin brake and anti-reverse feature that keeps just the right length of line you need for a certain situation. This reel also features a carbon matrix drag that secures your line and facilitates easy hauling. Also, with this reel’s high-speed retrieve, you can get to those fast fish before you lose them.

Shimano Curado Baitcasting Reel
Shimano Curado Baitcasting Reel

Shimano Curado Baitcasting Reel

If you’re a serious angler who has been fishing for a long time and has tried different quality baitcasting reels, you won’t be surprised why Shimano is one of the names in this list of the best. Shimano is known to deliver nothing but fishing equipment of the best quality. The Shimano Curado Baitcasting Reel allows you easier casting in the right areas. It features a pinion gear system with a one-way bearing that cuts the friction on the spool while casting and preventing backlashing. Its frame and Magnumlite spool are made of high-grade aluminum and its side plates are made of graphite. Aside from being efficient, this baitcasting reel is also a winner when it comes to convenience. It weighs pretty lightly so it is easy to use even a big fish is at the other end of the line.

Shimano Corvalus Baitcasting Reel Right Hand
Shimano Corvalus Baitcasting Reel Right Hand

Shimano® Corvalus™ Baitcasting Reel Right Hand

Here’s another baitcaster from Shimano. This one allows you to fish at great distances from the banks or from the shores with its capacity for 12/330, 14/250, 17/220 and 20/165 fishing lines. It has a gear ratio of 5.2:1 and three anti-rust ball bearings that effectively stay rust-free so you can have long years of great fishing. This reel also has a level wind system that prevents backlashes by reducing fishing line angles. It also secures your line as well as your catch by automatically putting more stress on the aluminum spool and making a clicking sound every time you get a tug. As soon as you hear that sound, you can easily haul up your catch with this reel’s quick retrieve. This one also has a durable frame and sides made of die cast aluminum that’s rust resistant so your equipment stays looking new and performing at its best.

Abu Garcia BCX Baitcasting Reel
Abu Garcia BCX Baitcasting Reel

Abu Garcia® BCX Baitcasting Reel

If you want to experience what it feels like to have a fishing tool that makes you feel like your fishing with an extension of your own hand, then check this out. If you’re looking for a baitcasting reel that will give you absolutely smooth performance paired with solid control then this one suits you really well. The Abu Garcia BCX Baitcasting Reel has a very strong multi-disk front drag system that holds your line firmly so that what tugs in water surely goes into the bucket. The drag is adjustable too so you can set it according to your needs in different fishing conditions. It also features a 6-pin centrifugal brake that acts like a car brake and keeps your line at the length of your choice for precise casting. This baitcasting reel has 4 stainless steel ball bearings that give you the smoothest performance for complete control. This one will definitely get you hooked.

Daiwa Millionaire - S Series Baitcasting Reel M - S250
Daiwa Millionaire - S Series Baitcasting Reel M - S250

Daiwa® Millionaire - S Series Baitcasting Reel M - S250

This list would not be complete without having a baitcasting reel from Daiwa which is one of the best brands when it comes to high quality fishing gear. Get a baitcasting reel that feels like a million bucks with the Daiwa Millionaire - S Series Baitcasting Reel. This one gives you silky smooth performance as well as great control. It also features stainless steel ball bearings and an anti-reverse feature that prevents fishing lines from getting tangled and has a huge composite drag system that secures your line so you can make precise castings and easy hauls. It is specially equipped for moderate to heavy weights. This reel has a frame made of anodized aluminum and has a spool made of the same material as well so it’s ready for the water for as long as you want to spend time fishing.


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