Choosing the Right Bait Caster Reel

Choosing the Right Bait Caster Reel

Haven’t you noticed professional anglers using the best baitcasting reels? Regardless of how often you go fishing, ask yourself WHY you go? Is it to just get away from daily stress or do you really want to catch fish? Either answer is fine. But, if you would like to have a few more fish on – you must choose from the best baitcasting reels.

If you have ever used a bait caster, you know that by using your thumb you get increased casting accuracy (everyone knows better bait placement gets more bites). If it was not a cheap bait caster, you would have also noticed improved smoothness and functionality (this means longer casts with less effort and fewer backlashes).

But, How Do You Choose the Bait Caster Reel that is Best for You?

Bait Type Choice Affects the Selection of Your Reel.

The best baitcasing reels are much more adaptable to bait types than Spincast or Spinning reels. But, even the best baitcasting reels are not 100% adaptable. For the greatest possible fishing success, choice of reel gear ratio should be matched with your choice of bait. This is why great anglers have several rods and reels ready to go at a moment’s notice.

What is your “lucky” bait? Maybe, you’ve had success with deep-diving Crankbaits. Perhaps, it’s a killer Buzz Bait and you love that topwater action. You need to choose the gear ratio that is best for the bait you love.


It is a huge benefit of the best baitcasing reels, due to various gear ratios. Gear ratio is the number of times the spool of line rotates with each turn of the crank. A gear ratio of 6.4:1 will rotate the spool 6.4 revolutions per 1 crank turn.

The more rotations of the spool, per turn of the crank, the faster the bait is retrieved. And, the proper speed of bait retrieval will help you obtain the best bait presentation possible for that specific type of bait (better presentation gets more bites).

Note the first number in the gear ratio to select from the best baitcasting reels.

4 and 5 Gear Ratios:

Best for Crankbaits (especially deep-divers) and Large-Bladed Spinnerbaits. Lower gear ratio gives increased torque requiring less effort to retrieve these lures.

5, 6 and 7 Gear Ratios:

Best for Jigs, Soft Plastics, Shakey Heads, Texas and Carolina Rigs, Alabama Rigs or Lipless Baits.

6 and 7 Gear Ratios:

Best for “burning” Spinnerbaits under water, Buzz Baits across the surface, or Pitching and Flipping (when you want to retrieve the fish quickly from brush or timber).

Better Engineering, Materials and Craftsmanship is another benefit of the best baitcasting reels. Not only will this improve performance, but also higher quality means your reels last longer and you will get a better re-sale value.

Choose from the best baitcasting reels, and you will be absolutely amazed at the amount of enjoyment you receive from that reel. You will never fish with a low-end reel, again.

My Choice

Lew’s SuperDuty 300 Speed Spool Baitcast Reel

Lews Bait Caster

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