Baitcasting reels are best for throwing large lures and live baits. Anglers that target species such as muskellunge, northern pike and bass frequently use a baitcasting set-up.
These reels are a good fit for the more experienced angler because they are difficult to learn how to cast. The method involves bringing the rod back and rapidly snapping it forward to propel the lure into the water.
At one time, the individual using a baitcasting reel needed to keep her thumb on the line to prevent a backlash in the line and to control how much line went out.
Modern baitcasting reels possess a type of "brake" that stops the line from being tangled during a cast by applying tension to the reel's spool.
Anti-reverse handles and a drag system are features on a typical baitcasting reel that let the angler control runs by larger fish.
Bass anglers prefer a baitcasting reel for lure presentations in deep cover such as a Texas-rigged plastic worm. Once hooked in weedy scenarios, the angler can reel the fish in with more leverage with a baitcasting reel.