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The Best Baitfeeder Reels For Tricky Targets

Updated on December 9, 2010

Red snappers, bream and some other species of freshwater fishes often have a tricky tendency to suck the baits off your hooks and get away with it. In order to deal with these and get them clean in your buckets, what you will need is a baitfeeder reel. Call it a baitrunner reel, a liveliner reel or a freespooler reel,  but it still has this design that’s well-suited for taking care of those little bait stealers. Baitfeeder reels have a double drag system composed of a baitfeeder drag and a normal front drag. The baitfeeder reel allows the fish to “feed” on the bait (hence the name “baitfeeder”) and when the fish has sucked on the bait, the normal front drag is now used to haul it up quickly.

When looking for baitfeeder reels, always check for the construction of the reels. For reels to last you a long time, they should be made of tough, water-resistant materials such as graphite, anodized aluminum and stainless steel. Make sure to check the drags too so that it would be easy for you to adjust the baitfeeder drags and can easily lure in the fish and catch them too. And aside from being easily adjustable, the drags should prove themselves firm as well so you stay confident with your settings.

Take note of the ball bearings too because these help a lot in giving your reel its high performance. There are many excellent baitfeeder reels with anti-reverse features that keep your line secured, preventing it from getting tangled up. To make it easy for you to decide on what baitfeeder reel to get for your kind of fishing, here are some of the best baitfeeder reels which I find very convenient to have whenever you go angling.

Okuma Epixor EB Bait Feeder Reel
Okuma Epixor EB Bait Feeder Reel

Okuma Epixor EB Bait Feeder Reel

Okuma has always been the choice of many anglers as it has won their loyalty with its products offering unbeatable performance and convenience. Here’s one that’s sure to get your bucket full of quick fish. This baitfeeder reel is made of sturdy and water-resistant forged aluminum that promises years of good condition. This reel also offers super smooth performance with its 9 ball bearings made of rust-resistant stainless steel and there’s also one that prevents reversing so your line stays smooth and in good condition. This reel also offers you a very easy to use bait feeding system which allows the fish to suck in the bait without feeling any drag pressure. Once it’s feeding, just use the baitfeeder level and you get the fish hooked on with the front drag. The drags are also watertight in order to keep their quality performance.

Okuma Avenger ABF Graphite Bait Feeder Reel
Okuma Avenger ABF Graphite Bait Feeder Reel

Okuma Avenger ABF Graphite Bait Feeder Reel

Prove yourself the faster and get those quick targets in as little time as it will take you to switch on the lights. The Okuma Avenger ABF Graphite Bait Feeder Reel features a patented bait feeding drag sytem that has an on and off switch for automatic bait feeding function. This allows you to lure in the fish, let it suck on the bait and then catch it with just a flip of the switch. The drags are water-tight so you can rest assured that this will last your for many years and will prove itself worthy of your investment. This reel also features oiled machined spools and 6 rust-proof stainless steel bearings that give you the smoothest performance possible so you spend less time and effort.



You can never go wrong with a Shimano and you’ll see that for yourself when you get this durable and reliable baitfeeder reel from this brand. It has a frame and a sideplate made of graphite which is strong, water-resistant and light. It also has a sophisticated propulsion line management system composed of a propulsion spool lip, an S-arm can, a Power Roller III and an SR 1-piece bail wire. It has a varispeed oscillation feature too that prevents incidences of line twisting. To continuously give you the smooth function you need, this reel features shielded anti-rust ball bearings which are sure to keep in top shape for a very long time. This reel also has a repairable clicker which tells you immediately if you’ve got something at the end of your line. This reel has a rugged design and you can even take it along for saltwater fishing.

Shimano Thunnus CI4 Saltwater Spinning Reels Model: TU12000 CI4
Shimano Thunnus CI4 Saltwater Spinning Reels Model: TU12000 CI4

Shimano Thunnus CI4 Saltwater Spinning Reels Model: TU12000 CI4

The Shimano Thunnus CI4 Saltwater Spinning Reel features a bait feeding system that allows the fish to run with the bait without feeling any tension from the drag. It’s made of heavy duty materials such as aluminum and carbon which are known for rugged applications. That’s not surprising as Shimano is also known for producing rugged and durable bicycles. This reel also features an aluminum frame and rotor which goes heavy on the quality but not on the weight scales. This reel also features a propulsion line management system made of a propulsion spool lip, an S-arm can, an SR 1-piece bail wire and a Power Roller III. It also has the Shimano Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement which assures you of years and years to come of constant and outstanding performance. This reel is so rugged that you can even use it to fish for tuna and sharks.

Daiwa Saltwater Bite & Run Spinning Reel, Regal Plus Bite & Run, with Spare Aluminum Spool
Daiwa Saltwater Bite & Run Spinning Reel, Regal Plus Bite & Run, with Spare Aluminum Spool

Daiwa Saltwater Bite & Run Spinning Reel, Regal Plus Bite & Run, with Spare Aluminum Spool

This baitfeeder reel is designed for medium to heavy action in saltwater so you know it’s tough. It’s made of the most durable materials that are tough enough to withstand the onslaught of the wind and the saline water and you can always expect more from Daiwa.  This reel features adjustable drags that firmly hold on to your line. It has 6 stainless steel ball bearings and one roller bearing; it also has an anti-reverse feature that keeps your line in good form. It comes with a rust-resistant aluminum ABS spool with a line capacity of 10/240. Aside from that, you also get a free spare aluminum spool when you get the reel. Daiwa is one of the biggest names in the world of fishing so you can be sure you’ll get nothing but the best quality and performance with this product.


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