casting reel

A lot of anglers shy away from the baitcasting reels because of unfounded fears. Some misconceptions have made it difficult for anglers to learn how to use them. The truth is that a baitcast reel is an important tool for fishing. This is because it offers an angler the ability to utilize a wide range of fishing techniques. Also, they do not require a lot of practice. In fact, with little practice, you can easily master how to use them.

Gear Ratio

peacock baitcastingYou should note that all fishing reels have a gear ratio. This ratio describes the speed of the reel. The common ratios are 5:4:1 and 7:1:1. These numbers list the number of evolutions the spool ought to make with each turn of the reel handle. Another common ratio is 6:4:1. This is ideal if you want both fast and slow moving presentations. For certain applications and techniques, a low or high gear ratio can work best.

Braking Systems

You should note that baitcasting reels have a braking system. This is necessary to adjust and control the rotation of the spool during casting. Without a braking system, the dreaded backlash will keep on happening. Most of them have centrifugal brakes that are fiction based and utilize pins inside the plate of the reel to make adjustments. The six-pin system adjusts pins across each other. The magnetic brakes work on a complicated principle but rely on the magnets and spool to reduce the revolution rate.


Frames come either in graphite or aluminum. The good thing about graphite frame is that it is lighter and less expensive as compared to aluminum. However, it cannot withstand the rigor and mishandling like aluminum does. The high-end reels are manufactured from the one-piece aluminum frames.


Most baitcasting reels come with the aluminum spool. The high-end reels are made of forged aluminum and the less expensive reels are die-cast. In fact, forged spools are rigid and harder to scratch. The spools with holes drilled are lighter in weight and can easily stop and start spinning.

Line Guides

These are made of ceramic or titanium. The good thing about ceramic line guides is that they are less expensive. However, they can break or crack from the alleviated abuse.