How to decide which reel to use.
Why use pliers if a wrench ratchets a nut tighter? The right-tool-for-the-job mantra applies to reel selection too. Consider how these scenarios give each type of reel an edge.
Scenario 1: Feisty bank cruisers are chasing baitfish up shallow.
Tactic: Cast and crank minnow lures while saving your wrist.
Advantage: High-speed gears retrieve line faster with fewer cranks of handle.
Scenario 2: You have calm seas, slow biters and deep fish on bottom.
Tactic: Free-spool live bait rig, place in rod holder, and turn on reel clicker.
Advantage: More lines in; beefy drag for power.
Scenario 1: Predators are holding beneath shady docks and shoreline overhangs.
Tactic: Open bail and surface-skip lightweight plastic jig under cover.
Advantage: No backlash!
Scenario 2: Schoolies erupt boatside while buddies winch deep fish on bait casters.
Tactic: Flip-cast a weightless bait rig into surface melee.
Advantage: Stealthy presentation for spooky fish.