The Style That Works For You
This will be the first blog of a 2 blog series on baitcasters. Baitcasters come in 2 styles which are low profile and round. As with most things, everyone has their preference and in this insistence is due to form and function.
Most bass and walleye fishermen like the low profile due to ergonomics, feel and balance. They are a fine tool but in my personal experience lacks one major fact which is line capacity. A battle with a bass or walleye can be epic and challenging in its own right, but they usually won’t pull enough drag out for you to worry if you’re going to dump the whole spool.
Catfish, Musky or Carp
Now a catfish, musky or carp are completely are different type of beasts. They are strong and the battle can last a very long time depending on your gear and the fish itself. This is why my philosophy of going a little heavier than needed, gives you the upper hand because they have the capability of testing your skill and equipment to its limits.
Round reels have a higher line capacity so you may have enough line if they want to take you for a journey all over the place. A heavier line may help as well.
The Ming Yang CL60 is a good starter at around $45 and overall isn’t too bad. It has a metal frame and gears while not feeling like it will fall apart in your hand. It’s smooth with a long cast capability as well as a clicker. The one drawback, at least in my experience, is drag. It’s either extremely light or extremely high with no in between. I have heard of fishermen solving this issue by replacing the drag washers with a better set. Since I haven’t tried this myself, I just use it as is when going after catfish or fishing in bad weather so as to not to ruin my better equipment.
The Shimano Cardiff has a great drag and very smooth, however it lack a clicker and I have difficulty setting it for very long casts. I use this one mainly for pitching jigs and spinner baits for bass.
As with most things that you buy, you get what you pay for. But then again you can’t always judge a book by the cover.
If you have tried these baitcasters and have had success with them or know of some tips and tricks that I may try, please leave a comment.
Please feel free to ask any questions about the equipment I’ve mentioned in the comment section below. I will get back to you via email as quickly as possible. Good luck and tight lines.
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