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Choosing A Baitcasting Rod & Reel – Your Key Considerations


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What is a baitcasting rod?

Baitcasting rods are simply a type of fishing rod designed to utilize baitcasting reels. This may lead you to the question:


What is a baitcasting reel?

Baitcasting reels are designed to sit on top of a casting rod, not on the bottom (like a spin reel). There are various types of baitcasting reels designed for different fishing situations. These different reels can have different shapes, gear ratios, breaking systems, handles, and other variables making a decision on the reel confusing to beginners. You can easily search online for information on how to get a Budget baitcasting rod that will ensure the large scale of features and benefits at its best for better impact. This article will cover choosing the right rod.

This article on choosing a baitcasting reel is quite helpful: https://www.fishstainable.com/best-baitcasting-rod-under-100/


What Are Key Baitcasting Reel Attributes?

  • Profile (Round vs Low Profile)
  • Gear Ratio
  • Braking Systems
  • Frame Material
  • Type of Bearings
  • Spool System
  • Handle Material and Size
  • Line Guides



Round profile reels hold more line, are often used for heavier line, and bigger species of fish.

Low Profile reels are generally used for smaller species like Bass. The low profile allows for palming, easier function, and better control.


Gear Ratio

The gear ration controls the speed of reeling in the line. The most common reel rations are: 5.4:1, 6.4:1, and 7.1:1.

The first number represents how many revolutions the spool makes with one turn of the reel handle. Therefore, a higher ration means a faster reel. (The less reeling needed per section of line). When anglers need to bring in line fast, a higher ratio is best.


Braking System

The braking system is what prevents the spool from over rotating, and creating knots of line. Braking systems come in two common types, centrifugal and magnetic.


Frame Material

Most higher end reels are manufactured from aluminum for the best longevity. Preferably, this is done from one solid piece of aluminum. Less expensive frames will be made of graphite. Graphite is generally lighter, but not as durable.


Spool System

Most spools are aluminum, both high end, and low end. Forged aluminum is considered the top notch, while die-cast, is considered lower quality. You may also find spools with holes drilled in them to reduce weight, and increase the ability to both stop and start the spinning of the reel.


Handle Material And Size

This is really just personal preference. You’ll want handles that fit your preference.


 Line Guides

Generally, these are made from titanium or ceramic. Titanium tends to be more durable, while ceramic guides can crack.

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued his frequent adventures in the mountains, always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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