Best fishing reels
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How many ball bearings should I look for in the best fishing reel?
Bearings will determine how smooth a reel will be. You need to try different reels in the store and see for yourself.
If you pick up a reel w/ 4 or 5 ball bearings and it feels as smooth as one with 8 and costs $50 less, you have to determine if the cost is worth it. I would reccomend 4 ball bearing minimum. Keep in mind beaings can be made out of cheaper material.
You also need to choose a reel for the type of fishing you are doing. What I mean by this is gear ratio. The higher the ratio
the faster the reel will bring in line. Downside: the higher the number the less torque the reel will have. For most light
freshwater applications (say a 7' medium fast spinning rod with 6-10 lb test line) a gear ratio of between 4:1 and 6:1 will be fine. I know customers who have purchased the 7.2:1 gear ratio on reels and use them for a real fast bait retrieve while fishing for bass with spinner baits or top water baits.
In regards to the drag system and ball bearings, even if a reel has 8 or 9 ball bearings if the drag sytem is poor, the reel isn't worth much. You'll have a choice of front or rear drag. While rear drag reels are easier to adjust, they don't have the "guts" of a front drag reel.
Front drag reels usually have larger multiple washers (usually teflon) than rear drag reels.
When all is said and done you should find a very good reel with at least 4 ball bearings, a 4:1 gear ratio for more power or a 6:5 to a 7:2 gear ratio for faster retrieve rate and preferably front drag (spinning reel) for under $100. You can find some very nice Shimano reels for $75.00 to $90.00 that would fit this bill nicely. The Shimano Sahara spinning reel is very smooth and it comes in various sizes for different fishing applications.
If you can afford to pay for a good spinning reel then shell out a few more dollars and get one with as many bearings as there are available. Bearings that are sealed and corrosion resistant will last longer. The frame material should be considered as well in your planning. Graphite framed reels can break below where they are attached to rod. An aluminum framed reel will last longer and be more durable. The difference in strength far surpasses any weight savings from graphite.
Ball bearings help a piece of machinery move more smoothly. In a reel there are generally several little balls captured between two concentric circular parts, one circle connected to the body of the reel and the other to the part which turns (the handle, for example). As the handle turns, the little balls roll and let the handle turn more easily. Old or cheap reels which don't have bearings rely on grease to keep turning smoothly, and they can stick or jam, especialy with heavy use or when pulling on a big fish.
More bearings help these parts move more smoothly, especially under the pressure of winding against a heavy fish. However, as long as the ball bearings are there, a difference of one or two probably won't make much of a difference. Please keep in mind also that there can be ball bearings in the handle assemble that count in the total of bearings that are built in the reel. They are not always in the body of the reel. So again, the more ball bearings the better.
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The US Reel SC1000Pro baitcasting reel does not have an eyelit for the line to go through. It has a new design which could make it the best baitcast reel made to date when it comes to performance and minimal back lash. Plus it casts a mile! Does that make it the best fishing reel? In some fishermen's mind it does. Jimmy Houston thinks it is. He's "America's Favorite Fisherman" and has won the B.A.S.S. Angler of the year twice!
For wide spool technology and longer casts the US Reels are the best fishing reels. US Reel company has gone through new ownership and these reels may not be available for too long until someone else buys the company. If you are a big fan of these reels, like I am, get them today before they are all gone. Call Jeff at 414-587-2968 for models available or if you have any questions.
Ardent makes some of the best flippin reels available today, plus they are made in America!
Shimano Stradic is a great spinning reel under $180.00.
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Choosing the best fishing rod. A must with your Best Fishing Reel!
Do you prefer to fish with spinning or casting reels? Ultimately this decision will come down to the species you choose to pursue. Most Bass anglers prefer the precision that baitcasting outfits deliver, but few anglers can dispute the advantages of fishing ultra light line on spinning outfits. And if you are an offshore angler you will want to choose a robust rod capable of matching up with your heavy duty traditional round reel. More than anything else this choice comes down to preference. Larger species demand conventional reels, but as you pursue smaller fish factors like line weight, line visibility, and sensitivity all become major aspects that should be considered.
Perhaps most important of all is what you truly look for in a rod, and matching the way you personally enjoy fish to the right stick. If you enjoy fishing with lures you should seek a rod that is comfortable to cast repeatedly all day. If finesse fishing is your game then select a higher modulus graphite rod which will be faster, stiffer, and more sensitive. Most rods are made out of either graphite or fiberglass, and while graphite has grown in popularity over the last decade there are many applications where the reliability of fiberglass still makes it the best choice. Finding the perfect balance of sensitivity, power, and action for your own style of fishing is paramount to the rod selection process.
As for the action of bass fishing rods, this refers to the responsiveness of the rod and is classified as either fast or slow action. There is no set standard so this is very subjective and can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
The faster the action, the higher the point of the bend in the rod. The slower the action, the lower or closer to the butt the rod will bend.
Fast action rods are more sensitive than slow action. This allows many advantages to the fisherman such as being easier to feel the fish take the lure or bait. The sensitivity also makes it easier to feel what the lure is doing, especially in the case of knowing when the lure has reached the bottom. Fast action also makes it easier to set the hook as less of the rod needs to bend during this action.
Advantages of a slow action rod include a softer, gentler cast. Also they are easier to use with lighter fishing line as they are more forgiving with their greater bend and are less likely to snap your line. Their lack of sensitivity may help the beginning angler from trying to set the hook too quickly and taking the bait away before the bass has had a chance to truly strike.
The Power or Weight of fishing rods is used to describe the power of the rod as it pertains to the size of the fish it is made to handle.
Manufacturers will typically use a range of anywhere from Ultralight to Extra Heavy to describe the power of a rod. These too can be subjective and vary from each manufacturer. The easiest way to think about this is to just go for something that describes the size of the bass you are going after. Is it a white bass you are looking to catch, in which a light duty rod will work or are you heading after some stripers and will need that heavy rod.
Note: All prices in US Dollars