Bass, both large and small mouth, is a popular sport fish in North America. Anglers try their luck yearly against the species throughout the continent, enjoying the thrill of the fight and being in the outdoors. Fishermen are known to be loyal to their brand of gear and tackle and are happy to offer opinions about that equipment. There are several low profile reels prime for bass fishing. Low profile reels are smaller and typically lighter weight than other reels.
Shimano manufactures a number of products, including fishing gear and reels. Fishermen report good results with the Shimano Citica 200E (using a 6:3:1 gear ratio for spinning) or the Shimano Curado. The Curado uses either a 5:1 or 7:1 ratio, depending on the size chosen.
The Callisto proves itself worthy of the Shimano name, getting positive reports from fishermen at the Thorne Bros. forums and website. The Shimano Castaic is among the brand's upper echelons of low profile reels and is highly regarded by bass fishermen, as reported at Thorne Bros.
Bass Pro Series
Bass Pro Shop's own Pete Maina series of low profile bait-casting reels gets positive reviews from users at the independent consumer feedback site at Bass Pro. The reels use a 5:4:1 gear ratio for spinning, a uni-body aluminum housing and four-bearing system for the handle. The Bass Pro's Johnny Morris low profile also receives high marks from consumer feedback section.
The Bass Pro's Tourney Special receives four and a half out of five stars for its light weight, ease of use and low price. The Pro Qualifier is another Bass Pro proprietary low profile reel garnering five out of five stars from consumer reviews and reports.
Quantum and Okuma
Quantum reels earn high marks from independent consumer and fishermen review sites like the Bass Pro feedback website. The Quantum Kevin VanDam receives four out of five stars from user feedback. Designed with 10 stainless steel bearings and an anti-reverse, the VanDam is set for bass fishing and casting.
Okuma is a maker of fishing gear and reels and scores praise for its Nemesis low profile bait-casting reel. The Nemesis is made from a one-piece aluminum unibody and uses a 6:2:1 ratio for spinning and casting.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.