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Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Fishing Reels

Aug 1, 2008
Buying fishing reels is an important part of being a fisher. You don't want to get out to your favorite fishing area with a shabby reel and not be able to catch the fish you want. You also don't want to end up with equipment that doesn't meet your needs or that isn't easy enough to use for you.

For these reasons, you should ask yourself some important questions before you choose your fishing reels.

Which Type of Fishing Reels Work?

Fishing reels come in a wide variety of types but for most basic fishing you only have two possibilities: spinning or casting reels. If you're new to fishing then you'd probably be better off choosing a spinning reel because they are easier to use. You'll also find a number of different types of spinning reels to choose from. Many of these are good for using bait to catch fish.

On the other hand, casting reels are a little more difficult and take some experience to master. If you're going to be using lures then using a casting reel would be an ideal choice.
Which Type of Water am I Fishing in?

Obviously, you're going to have two choices: salt water or fresh water. You may also choose to fish in both types of water. Now many experts will tell you to choose fishing reels that are designed specifically for those types of water. You could do that. However, you don't really need to.

In most cases, salt water isn't going to be any more destructive to your reel than any other type of water. Of course, you don't want to dunk the reel into the water and hold it in there for long periods of time. You also want to follow proper maintenance for your fishing reels at all times.

The only time this is going to be different is if the reel contains magnesium. Magnesium is highly corrosive especially when it comes in contact with salt water. However, only very expensive fishing reels contain magnesium so this is rarely going to be a problem.

Fishing Reels and Attracting Fish

Another consideration when choosing your fishing reels is whether you want to use bait or a lure to attract fish. Also, the specific type and size of bait and lure you want to use can also have an impact on the reel you want to pick. The weight of the lure, for example, will have an impact on the reel you choose because of the line capacity that of the reel.

Of course, this means that you're going to need to know the answer to these questions before you go shopping for fishing reels. If you're not an experienced fisher, you should do some research and talk to other fishers before you make that decision and start your search.

Finding More Help with Fishing Reels

If you have questions about the fishing reels you are interested in, then you need to talk to specific companies, such as Sea Isle Tackle, about the questions you have.
About the Author
Fishing Reels Sea Isle Tackle has been proudly serving the saltwater fishing community for over 45 years. Since opening day in 1962, we have dedicated ourself to providing the finest fishing tackle and Shimano Reels the industry has to offer. Sea Isle Tackle has a great selection of Fishing Reels.
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