The glassy, turquoise waters of the Treasure Coast are awaiting. Confidently, you head into the waters. Patiently, you await the hook up. You know what rod to bring. Now, it’s time to size up a reel to fit that rod.
First up: the trusty Spincast. It’s a beginner’s reel that resembles an egg. The reel sits on top of the rod and has a thumb button for release that can handle a variety of smaller fish. The reel has a sealed front where the line is inside. The thumb press button is on the back of the reel, which the line peels off when depressed. If you let go of the button, the line stops its release. It’s an easy-to-use reel, but you sacrifice strength and distance.
The Spinning reel is the most widely used reel—most, if not all, anglers have a Spinning reel or a variety of them ranging in different sizes. It’s an open face reel ranging from light tackle (smaller hooks and bait) to the heavier tackle used for big fish. The Spinning reel sits under the rod. It’s safe to say that the Spinning reel is versatile and best for accurate and distant casting at any level of angling experience.
For the more seasoned angler, there’s the Baitcaster. It’s the preferred reel for freshwater angling in smaller versions, from bass to large offshore reels used to catch Marlin. These reels sit on top of the rod, and thumb pressure keeps the spool under control, so as to not turn your reel into a nasty nest of line. But as I mentioned, it can take a while to master the Baitcaster, which is deadly accurate and the distance control is unmatched.
Remember this: salt water will corrode a reel’s delicate parts more quickly. Always rinse your reel with freshwater after use, and be sure to avoid getting water into the housing of a reel. Keep them lightly rinsed, and the performance should stay intact indefinitely.