Baitcasting reels are one of three main reels used by the majority of fresh- and saltwater game fish anglers. Other reels, including the spinning and spincast reel, are popular among many anglers; however, the baitcast reel is often the go-to choice for many professionals on a daily basis. Once feared by many because of the explosive backlashes, modern braking systems in baitcast reels provide finite adjustment and help to greatly reduce this possibility.
It is often necessary to use heavy lines when fishing for larger game fish. Freshwater species such as large catfish and saltwater king mackerel dictate the use of heavier lines. Baitcast reels are much more adept at handling larger and heavier weight lines than spinning equipment, especially when it comes to casting. The direct winding design of a baitcast reel, as opposed to a bail mounted roller, allows the frame of the reel and spool to absorb the load of the line rather than the bail wire.
Newcomers to baitcast reels may find it hard to believe more precise casting is possible with a baitcast reel than a spinning reel. However, once you master the slingshot casting technique, the line control possible by placing the thumb on the spooled line allows for an additional level of accuracy and placement. An angler does not have to rely solely on aim and casting--the line and lure may be slowed to hit a specific spot on the water.
Spinning reels require the line to pass over a roller mounted to a bail wire and then wound onto a vertical mounted spool. This method, based on the fishing line, can sometimes result in line twist and can affect the performance and casting of the line. Line twist is not a factor with baitcast reels. The line spools directly onto and off the spool of the reel. The absence of line twist may help prolong the life and usefulness of fishing lines.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.