4 Types of Fishing Reels and Use of these Tools

Fishing keeps you physically strong, help to reduce stress and increase concentration.

In fact fishing make you great person!

Is that the right time for fishing on your location? Then settle up your angling equipment and get ready for the trip!

I presume you have all the other tools ready and want to perceive some basic ideas what types of best fishing reels are out there and how to use them for your types of your hunting.

If you already don’t know I should tell you first-choosing the right reel is obligatory.


Because different kinds of reels are made considering the types of water you will be fishing and the kinds of fish you will be catching.For hunting a little Sardine, the line you are going to use is not as same as the one that is used for catching Atlantic Halibut. And not all reels can handle all kinds of line.

So, for a great trips, you have to choose the right reel. You must choose the right reel.

Here’s why-

  • You will end up buying the wrong one.
  • The wrong reel won't be able to cast the particular line.
  • Even if you succeed to cast the line, sometimes you won't be able to manage your lure.
  • If the reel is not suitable for the location of angling, you won't be able to catch fishes.Your line can get damaged.
  • You will fail to manipulate or fight fishes.
  • You will face unwinding and other technical problems.
  • In short, the fun of angling will be ruined.

So? Any think?

You've already got the point. You got to understand the differences. Because if you are doing it for the first time, buying baitcasting reel would be a total loss and you will break it if you try to catch a giant catfish with that cylindrical device.

Many types of fishing reels are sold in the market.

But only four types are Fishing Reels widely used-

  1. Spincast Reel
  2. Spinning Reel
  3. Baitcasting Reel
  4. Trolling Reel

1. Spincast Reel

The reel used that is mounted on a rod is called spincast reel. It's made to catch light bait. It has a cover over the spool and a narrow hole on the front for line passing. These are popular to all kinds of anglers.

  • Spincast reels are not expensive
  • It can easily be learned to use
  • Using method is quite easy
  • Perfect to handle thin and thinner lines
  • Use smoothly because there's barely any possibility of the line splitting up
  • The structure is not complicated, so easy to use.Perfect for beginners and children
  • Can't handle big fish
  • Poor Drag system
  • Not suitable for heavy lines.
  • Sometimes the line can get jammed inside the cover.
  • That damages the smooth motion of the reel.
  • There are several possibilities of the line getting twisted.
  • Limited space inside the reel.Not too durable.
  • Not good for professionals.

Tips to Use Spincast Reel:

If you are a beginner or a young learner, spincast reel is the perfect choice for you. Because using that type reel is very easy.

*When you are using a top-mounted reel, you will find a line releasing button on the back of the reel. Press the button to cast the line.

*When you are using a bottom-mounted reel, you will find a trigger release on the front.

You have to use the trigger to release the line.In the market, some spincast reels come with a line being pre-wound, if not, you have to open the cover and thread the line around the spool. Don't forget to tie a knot when you are done with threading. Otherwise, the line will fall out.Now penetrate the line through the eyes on the rod and connect the line with your tackle for the lure.When you are casting, don't let the whole line cast, keep a little extra unwinded.If you want to unwind the line, press the release button on the back of the reel when using a top mounted reel, or pull the trigger, if using the bottom-mounted one. Turn the handle attached to the reel to control the line's motion.

2. Spinning Reel

​Spinning reel is used onto spinning rod. The reel is situated just under the handle grip of the rod. It's one of the most commonly used reels.

  • No Backlashes
  • Easy to cast
  • Goes far
  • Can hold longer lines
  • Can cast different types of tackles
  • Can be used to catch bigger baits than spincast reel
  • Casting process is simple
  • Sometimes it's hard to keep control of the drag when trying to lure the fish
  • Can't control heavy lures
  • Lines often get twisted
  • Not as advanced as baitcaster reel
  • Not an excellent choice for professional fishing

Tips to Use Spinning Reel:

Set the drag by tying your line over the spool. Then take the rod in your hand. Hold the rod in a way so that the reel foot stays between any two of your fingers (But not between the thumb and the index finger, because you are going to lay your thumb on the rod. Now start reeling in the line. When the line roller is touching the head of your index finger, you should stop turning the handle. (Before that, don't rush, turn the handle carefully)

Now hold the line against the rod using your index finger and use the other hand to open the bail. Then point the rod at your target and carefully take the rod upright. By moving your wrists and elbows only, push the rod. Keeping the rod tip a little far from the target, cast your line and cast it like so the lure would reach the target flying. And timing is vital in casting. Too soon or too late won't do.After being done, you have to close the bail.

3.Baitcasting Reel

The bait casting reel is used onto the baitcasting rod. It has a covered frame. It also has a revolving spool. Mostly used to catch heavyweights fishes.

  • Lines don't get twisted.
  • The drag system is excellent and firm.
  • The gear ratio is tremendous.
  • Fights right with fishes.
  • The spool provides a great hauling power.
  • Controls heavier lines and heavier lures are better.
  • Preferred by professionals.
  • Costly.
  • The possibility of backlash.
  • Not easy to cast.

Tips to Use Baitcasting Reel:

As baitcasting reel is for angling large, sturdy and cumbersome fishes, choosing the right line is crucial-And that's also important to get rid of the 'Backlash'. So at first, you have to arrange a long lasting, pressure-tolerant, durable and thicker line.

Monofilament line is a popular one.Adjust your centrifugal brakes and tension knob.Backlash is a big problem when Anglers use baitcast reel. To prevent Backlash -*Keep the spool half-filled with the line or less. Too much of the line makes the spool heavier, which makes the spin faster and causes backlash.

* At least have two brakes engaged before casting, and if there's a dial instead of brakes, set the brake to the highest level.

* Tension adjustment shouldn't be loose.

* Light baits won't do.

* Choose a rod that can easily bend.

After solving the backlash problem, it's time to focus on the main job. Put your thumb over the spool when you have released it. You should lighten your thumb's grip when you are ready to let the lure move. You need to learn to hold onto the spool correctly. So before casting with a baitcasting reel, you must become an expert on holding the spool correctly.

Now cast and have fun catching bigger fishes, fellow angler!

Some Quick Tips

  • Free the spool.
  • Lay your thumb on the spool.
  • Lighten your thumb's grip when you are ready to let the lure move.

4. Trolling Reel

A reel used mostly by anglers. It is pretty similar to the baitcast reel. This reel has three basic feature: Star drag on the reel handle, a line release lever and a line out clicker. Fishermen's boats use this kinda reel. It is a bit costly. No need if you are not a professional angler.

  • Can go really deep down the water
  • Can manipulate a whole group of fishes
  • Perfect to use in the sea
  • Perfect for catching stronger and massive fishes
  • Can't use to wind light lines.
  • Not suitable for ponds or swamp.
  • Not suitable for amateur or children.
  • Hard to handle if not appropriately skilled.

Tips to Use Trolling Reel:

The use of trolling reel is quite similar to the baitcasting reel. But with a few changes. Using this reel is popular within professional anglers, but yet it is easy to learn by anybody because the process is very simple.You have to attach the lure to a hook and then cast the line. The lure should be drowned deep down the water. Now move it according to your wish and wait for the target to arrive.Brakes are also important here just like the baitcasting reel, so those must be adjusted.


We tried to sort it out in brief so that you can know what you are looking for. With some hints, it has to be easy for you now to get a better reel. And we hope you do.Because better reels mean better angling, better angling means better time.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.