What do Ball Bearings Do in Fishing Reels?

What are ball bearings?

 

 

All fishing reels are equipped with either ball bearings and/or bushings to provide smooth circular support for a pin or shaft in the reel that provides smooth rotation.

The big difference between the two is that bearings are built with moving parts and the bushings are not. Bushings consist of different materials than the reel and are cast inside the reel frame.

What do ball bearings do in a fishing reel and what is the importance of them? Will more ball bearings provide smoother performances or will the quality of material be the deciding factor?

Ball bearings

 

What are ball bearings

Fishing reel ball bearings are components in gears, knobs, and spools of many types of spinning and baitcasting reels that require smooth movement and support.

The ball bearings bear the load to allow a device to spin/rotate smoothly. They also serve to prevent most friction that would cause parts to overheat if not allowed to rotate freely. The bearings act as a go-between for metal bushings that may rotate simultaneously to provide smooth rotation avoiding friction to the moving parts.

The downfall of ball bearings is the probability of getting dust and debris inside of them. This is highly likely when saltwater fishing since there are moving parts involved and if the bearing unit is not shielded, that’s a recipe for disaster.

 

ball bearings

Components of fishing reel bearings

There are four parts to a fishing reel bearing that all work simultaneously into one unit to keep the necessary parts moving freely and smoothly.

Races– are stainless steel rings manufactured into a circular, smooth, hardened finish with a groove on the inside to allow the balls to rest and travel through. There are generally 2 races, an inner race, and an outer race.

Cages– (also known as a retainer or ball separator) are used to keep the balls separated but together in a symmetrical radial spacing, keeping the balls inline. They look like collars welded side-by-side in the equal distance and they are slightly larger than the balls to allow freer movement.

Balls– The balls are made from either from metal, plastic, or ceramic. They are used to keep moving parts in motion and eliminating friction.

Shields– are two walls that hold the balls in place to keep them from falling out. The shield helps keep dirt from getting into the bearings and keeps lubrication where it is needed the most.

 

Quantity or Quality?

The more the bearings the smoother the performance? Or does it really matter about the quality of the ball bearings that makes the difference?

Some say that the quantity (amount) has everything to do with the smooth action of a reel. The more ball bearings you have, the better.

You can have one fishing reel with 15 ball bearings and another with 6, does that mean the one with the fewer ball bearings won’t perform as well? Not necessarily, if the one with fewer ball bearings has a higher grade materials used, then that one would be the better choice.

The fact is, bearings made with low-grade materials may hinder the performance with the movement of the reel and possibly falter.

The truth is in the quality of the bearings. Typically stainless steel materials are used primarily for ball bearings as they are cheaper to produce.

However, in my research, I found information on ceramic ball bearings. They are lighter, reduce more friction and improved longevity as well. I watched a video of a fellow who replaced his factory set ball bearings with the ceramic and the distance was remarkable.

Although the ceramic is lighter, it did not cast as far as the stock ball bearings. A theory is that the ceramic does not hold their momentum as well because they are much lighter than the stainless steel.

When using high-quality bearings, they will give you longer casting ability, easier reeling, and better performance when battling a big fish.

 

 

Shielded v. Unshielded?

When choosing a reel that has either shielded or unshielded ball bearings you will need to take into consideration two things.

One, if the bearings are shielded it will prevent debris from getting inside and slowing down the motion, and allow for lubrication to remain inside where needed. The great thing about this is that there will be no need for maintenance with the bearings.

And two, if the bearings are unshielded, there is more of a chance for debris to enter the ball bearing unit and corrode the parts. To counteract that, you will want to properly rinse with every use with clean water after fishing in saltwater to prevent buildup.

 

 

The Takeaway

Ball bearings are now made with anti-corrosive materials to help eliminate damage, but you should still take extra care maintaining the reels regardless.

The ball bearings in a fishing reel serves to allow smoother movement and eliminate most friction.

The quality of the bearings far outweighs the number of bearings, just having many more bearings doesn’t necessarily mean better results.

Keep your reels in tip-top shape by rinsing them off each time you are using them, and especially when fishing in saltwater.

 

If you have any questions or comments about ball bearings or want to leave your own personal review, leave a comment below.

Ugly Stik GX2 Review- It’s a Thing of Beauty


Ugly Stik GX2

 

 

The Review of Shakespeare’s Ugly Stik

Where it all began

In 1897 in Kalamazoo, Michigan William Shakespeare, Jr founded Shakespeare, (not the author). They have been the leading manufacturer of quality affordable fishing tackle since.

One problem that Shakespeare found with his existing reels was that the spool would keep on spinning after the bait/lure hit the water. This, in turn, would create a backlashing, or birds nest and would cause the reel to be restrung often. In 1939, Shakespeare invented a “backlash” brake called the Wondereel® and it was one of the most popular reels to hit the market.

Shakespeare introduces the Ugly Stik

The introduction of the Ugly Stik appeared in 1976 and was the first to incorporate the clear tip design and Howald Process construction making it virtually indestructible.

For the Ladies- In 2007, Shakespeare partnered with the American Breast Cancer Foundation. During which time, they came out with a line specifically tailored to women. There were four different models such as Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Ladies combo, Ugly Stik Ladies Spinning combo, Ugly Stik LadyFish Spinning Combo, Ugly Stik Lady Camo Spinning combo.

With a variety to choose from you will surely win her heart over with the sport of fishing. Or maybe the special lady in your life that would love a new rod and reel to add to her collection.

GX2 Gets and Upgrade

During the summer of 2013, Shakespeare released the next generation of the Ugly Stik GX2. Just as the original Ugly Stik, the new GX2 has had many upgrades that will impress even the seasoned anglers. The ladies line included the Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Spinning rod, Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Casting rod, and Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Ice Combo.

Availability- The Ugly Stik GX2 rods comes available in spinning, casting and fly rods with a low starting price of $39. This truly is an affordable way to have a variety of fishing rod options to add to your collection that won’t break the bank. For new anglers just getting started, Shakespear has rod & reel combos available in casting and spinning models for just a few dollars more.

Construction of the Rod

 

Ugly Stik GX2 Rod

Rod Blank – If you are familiar with the Ugly Stik model, you will see that they still sport the clear tip design that’s been known for its durability & sensitivity.

This new generation of technology is called the “Ugly Tech™” the rod being integrated with a touch of graphite into the traditional fiberglass giving it a clean black matte finish.

The balance point has moved to the butt end of the rod, eliminating fatigue when fishing long days. There are those that said that the rod felt much better in their hands, it feels much lighter and is easier to cast. Ugly Stik GX2 Rod

 

The Challenge

I watched this guy try to break an Ugly Stik GX2 rod and it was hilarious of all the ways he tried to break it. Watch the video and see if he can break it.

 

 

One-Piece Guides – The guides are redesigned to be a single piece, stamped stainless steel eyelets making it extremely durable and almost impossible to destroy. Unlike before the guides had pop-out ceramic inserts that broke off much easier.

Durable Grip – The grip is made of an EVA material that is very comfortable to hold after many hours of casting and retrieving.

7 Year Warranty – Shakespeare backs their Ugly Stik GX2 with a 7-year warranty.

 

What people are saying

During my research about Shakespeare Ugly Rod, I found a few complaints about the rod breaking after so much time or use. Or that the reel bail snaps off. However, we don’t know what’s happening to them during construction or during transit that may falter. But one thing for sure is that if you purchase it through Amazon, their customer service takes care of any issues.

 

Is the GX2 right for you?

No matter what stage of the game you are in at this present moment, the Ugly Stik GX2 is a great rod, to begin with, or add to your arsenal of fishing gear. You can rest assured that if you loan out one of your rods to someone, you will know that it will hold its own.

With the multitude of models available in both the spinning and casting GX2 series, there’s sure to be a rod for any type of fishing situation you want to challenge.

Shakespeare’s Ugly Stik is still touted as the best fishing rod for any level anglers and is known worldwide for their durability and value.

Anyone at any level will benefit from the all-around performance of this rod without breaking their bank. With the dependability that comes with the Ugly Stik line, your sure to experience years of top performances.

Henry Shakespeare was the last family owner of this company, and he died in 1993. Prior to that, he had sold the company to Anthony Industries.

To see more about Shakespeare’s Ugly Stik GX2 line, check it out here.

 

If you are a big shopper online, Amazon has some great deals on Shakespeare’s Ugly Stiks. I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions or comments or want to leave your own personal review, leave a comment below.

 

Terminology of Fishing

Check back often as I compile the ultimate fishing terminology.

  • Action- describes the bending ability of the rod when pressure is applied. Rods have fast, medium and slow action. Fast action will bend in the top third or less of the rod, medium action will bend in the top half, and slow action rod will bend starting in the lower third of the rod and into the handle.
  • Angle-to fish with a hook and line.
  • Angler- is a person who fishes.
  • Angling- is another word for fishing.
  • Anti-reverse-on a spinning reel is a feature that prevents the reel from turning backward and engages the drag.
  • Arbor- the center of a centrepin reel’s spool.
  • Arbor knot- knot used for tying backing to the arbor of the fly reel.
  • Artificial Baits-lures or flies made of wood, plastic, metal, feathers, or similar inert material.
  • Backing line- is a line used for filling the spool, before putting on the new line.
  • Backlash- is when the lure slows down after a cast, but the spool continues to spin, causing a “birds nest” or a very nasty tangled-up line.
  • Bag limit- is a restriction in the amount an angler is allowed to keep per person per day or per season.
  • Bail- the wire part of a fixed-spool reel that guides the line on the spool.
  • Bail arm- On a spinning reel, the lever determines the direction of the spool.
  • Bait- can be live such as shrimp, nightcrawlers, minnows, or crickets. Or artificial such as lures.
  • Baitcaster- type of rod and reel. The reel and guides are affixed on the above the rod, you will thumb the spool as the line flows off.
  • Baitfish- a prey fish used to catch their preditors.
  • Barb- a sharp projection at the end of a hook, angles away from the main point to make extraction difficult.
  • Barbless hooks- a safer fishing hook without the barb. Used with smaller children to prevent injuries.
  • Bite or biting- when the fish is teasing you by taking a nibble or taste of the bait.
  • Blank- a rod with no eyelets/guides or reel. Used to build fishing outfits.
  • Blood knot- a type of knot used by anglers to tye two lines together.
  • Bobbers- a float that holds the lure or bait for a preferred depth.
  • Bobbin- used to hold a spool of thread, tying a fly.
  • Brackish- a mixture of salt and freshwater.
  • Braided line- a low stretch line made of several strands of man-made fibers braided together
  • Butt- the end of the handle of the rod.
  • Butt pad- is a cup-type pad worn around the waist, used to protect the angler from the butt end while battling the fish.
  • Buzz bait- a large bait with propeller-type blades that spin when retrieved on top of the water.

 

  • Cast- to propel a line with bait or lure to a body of water with the use of a rod and reel.
  • Casting Spoon- an oblong metal, shiny concaved to attract fish by imitating a fleeing or injured baitfish.
  • Catch & release- a sport of catching fish and letting it go back into the water.
  • Centrepin Reel- is a reel that is a verticle drum set up on a central pin to hold the line. The reel free flows by the pull of the lure and the current.
  • Chumming- a mixture of chopped fish, beef chopped fish, etc used by sea anglers fishing from a boat – thrown over the side of the boat to attract fish such as when shark fishing.
  • Crankbait- plastic or wooden lure with a diving bill that dives downwards when you’re reeling it in.

 

  • Drifting- when your lure, bobber, and the line just floats downstream.

 

  • Ferrule- where the 2 pieces of the rod are connected. There is a male and female ferrule that the male end goes into the female end.
  • Fiberglass- material used to make rods. Glass makes the rods less sensitive and more flexible and reduces the chance of pulling a bait from a fish’s mouth.
  • Fishfinder- a GPS system sonar used to locate where fish are congregating.
  • Fishing- the act of trying to catch fish. Catch fish for sport or for food.
  • Fishing Gear- a term to describe anything needed to catch fish; rods, reels, lines, lures, bobbers, swivels, and tackle box.
  • Flies- a type of artificial lure resembling insects and bugs. Specifically for use on a fly rod and reel.
  • Fluorocarbon- a type of fishing line that is invisible below the water.
  • Fly box- a small box where fly lures are kept to keep them dry and protected.
  • Flyfishing- is a technique using the weight of the line to cast a very lightweight artificial fly lure.
  • Fly Line- a weighted line used to cast a weightless fly out to the water.
  • Fry- a young fish.

 

  • Gear ratio- is a measurement of how many times a spool spins in one revolution of the reel’s handle.
  • Guides- the wire loops on a rod in which the line passes through, directing the line to the tip of the rod.

 

  • Hook-a curved U- shaped wire sharpened at one end and tied to fishing line the other. It can be either a barbed or barbless for catching fish.

 

  • Inshore fishing- fishing from a boat close to the shoreline.

 

  • Jerk bait- is a floating lure that underwater water when you jerk it towards you.
  • Jigs- is a fishing lure that is used to attract fish.
  • Jigging- sporadic up and down movement when jerking your rod to imitate baitfish.

 

  • Leader- is a length of wire or strong line attached to the business end of the main fishing line, some leaders make it difficult for the fish to see.
  • Line- comes in different forms and strengths and can be made of monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braid. And come in 6#, 8#, etc.
  • Line Guides- are the metal loops on a rod that guides the fishing line to the end of the rod.
  • Live bait- is bait that is alive such as shrimp, nightcrawlers, crabs, etc.
  • Live wells- a compartment on a boat used to hold water and keep fish alive.
  • Lures- are used to catch fish. It can be either artificial or live.

 

  • Monofilament- a man-made nylon line.

 

  • Offshore fishing- fishing from a boat out to sea away from the shoreline.
  • Outriggers -are poles that extend out from a boat to prevent lines from getting tangled.

 

  • Pole- similar to a rod but without the reel seat, and guides. Typically a cane pole with an attached line and hook.
  • Plugs-Type of lure made of wood, plastic or rubber and designed to imitate small minnows, fish, frogs, bugs, etc. It can be either floating or sinking.

 

  • Reel- an instrument to hold the fishing line attached to a rod to cast and retrieve the fishing line.
  • Reel seat- for attaching the reel to the rod.
  • Rig- terminal tackle, or the end gear.
  • Rod- a long, tapering rod to which a fishing line is attached, typically on a reel.

 

  • Sinker- a term used for leads and sinking baits.
  • Snap.snap swivel/swivel- A snap is a hook-shaped piece of wire with a clasp that is tied to a fishing line. A lure is attached to the snap. Snap swivels are the same concept but also help prevent line twisting.
  • Soft Plastic Lures- is plastic baits to replicate live bait. Are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes.
  • Spinnerbait- is a shiny metallic lure shaped like an oblong concaved metal or plastic piece, used to attract fish.
  • Spinning rods- a light flexible fishing rod used with a spinning reel.
  • Split-shot sinker- are round balls of metal with a cut in the center to clamp down onto a fishing line. Used to balance the float in the water or to stop the leger from sliding down the line to the hook.
  • Spool- the part of the reel that the line is spun around and stored.
  • Spoon- shaped like a spoon and spins in the water to attract fish by reflecting light and moving randomly.
  • Sportfisherman- an angler who fishes from a motorboat equipt for fishing.
  • Sportfishing- fishing for sports.
  • Standing end- the part of the line coming from your fishing reel.
  • Sunglasses- preferably using polarized lenses, will help protect your eyes from the ultra-violet rays and help you see the fish better.
  • Surfcaster- someone who fishes from the shoreline and casts their line into the surf.
  • Swivel- a small metal devise used to attach the sinker and fishing line without the chance of getting tangled up.
  • Tackle- is any fishing equipment.

 

  • Tackle Box- used to keep and store your fishing equipment.
  • Tag End- may be called the working end, its the end of the line that ties the knot.
  • Terminal Tackle- gear that is attached to the end of the fishing line.
  • Tight lines- is what one angler says to another to wish them luck when fishing.
  • Topwater Lure- is a floating lure to entice the fish to strike.
  • Treble hook- three hooks and one eye welded together. They can be barbed or barbless. Take pliers and crush the barbs to prevent fish from being damaged during the removal.
  • Troll- to tow a lure or bait behind a moving boat.
  • Trolling- towing a lure or bait behind a moving boat.
  • Trotting- allowing a float to travel with the speed of the current of a river, to travel downstream.
  • Tube Bait- is a hollow tube-shaped as bait, as the water flows through the tube it makes the tail end move to entice the fish.

 

  • Watercraft- its a term for how anglers read the water and the conditions for fishing places.
  • Wet fly- used by fly fishermen, its a pattern used to imitate the insects below the surface of the water.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please leave one below. Thank you.

Rod and Reel Spinning Combos For The Ladies


Ladies fishing rod and reel

 

For the ladies who love to go fishing and who are tired of using a masculine-inspired rod and reel setup, I am here to tell you that you can trade those in and get what your heart desires. I have compiled a review with different brands of ladies’ spinning combos that are sexy, stylish and yet durable enough to handle the waters just like any other.

From my own experience, I know that I want a certain look and style of my gear, it just makes fishing more enjoyable and fun. Nothing better than hanging with a few of the girls and making a day of fishing.

 

 

Shakespeare Women’s Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod Combo

 

This combo was modeled after the original Ugly Stik with the first notable changes of the pink (more like purple) accents on the rod and reel giving it a feminine but not overpoweringly girly.

This rod is praised for its great flexibility without being too flimsy, easy to use and most new and even young anglers purchase as their first combo. Many reviewers say that their significant others who are avid anglers steal their rod & reel from time to time because of how great the quality is.

This spinning combo is constructed with a  4′ 6″ (one-piece) rod made of graphite and fiberglass giving it the durable backbone needed and extreme sensitivity. EVA grips and soft-touch handle knobs offer a firm, comfortable handhold. They improved upon the rod by creating a one-piece, stamped stainless steel guide, “Ugly Tuff” that provides maximum durability and no insert pop-outs.

Paired up with a Shakespeare reel made with Machined double anodized aluminum spool with an oversized bail wire reel, a 5:2:1 ratio and 4 BB allows for fast smooth reeling in the line.

There were a lot of great reviews on the GX2 spinning combo. The rod and reel performed just like It should and people loved it for its colorful accent and not looking too pinky in color or looking like a little kids toy. A couple of issues I found was in the shipping with Amazon, but when reported to Amazon, they replaced it immediately with no issues thereafter.

This combo is ideal for anglers of all skill levels, the Shakespeare Women’s Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod Combo makes fishing adventurous, simple and fun for everybody. They have been a sponsor of the American Breast Cancer Association as of 2008.

 

 

Penn Passion Spinning Reel and Fishing Rod Combo

Penn’s Passion spinning reel can handle some nice sized fish, and yet sensitive enough for even smaller ones. This combo displays more pink in the handle and grips of the rod and accents the rod gracefully perfectly aligning with the color scheme.

This  1-piece rod is constructed from a graphite composite, graphite reel seat, and aluminum oxide guides. Ergonomic Winn grips that are designed to fit the lady anglers’ hands. The reel comes in various sizes ranging from 2000 to 5000 all with a max drag range of 15 to 25 pounds, and a 5+1 sealed stainless steel ball-bearing system.

Many have said that reeling with the HT100 drag system is silky smooth like stirring melted butter. And the rod so evenly balanced in their hands and comfortable with the Ergonomic WINN grips.

Keeping the ladies in mind, created in 2017 PENN came up with the “Passion” spinning combo. Giving ladies and girls a beautifully colored rod and reel combo that is a little bit more pinky than Shakespeare GX2.

One lady who put in a review caught largemouth bass, trout, and hooked a 5ft shark. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like it’s well worth the money!! PENN has partnered up and has been a supporter of the American Breast Cancer Foundation since 2007.

Check out more about Penn’s Passion Combo here.

 

 

 

PLUSINNO Ladies Telescopic Spinning Fishing Rod and Reel Combo

The pink telescopic spinning starter combo is the perfect setup for your daughter, wife or girlfriend who absolutely adores the color pink.

The telescopic design allows this combo to be stored safely and easy to carry. (If fishing saltwater, be sure to have clean water to rinse off the rod to eliminate corrosion of the reel and guides when stored away).

The Plusinno telescopic rod has no issues with collapsing or retracting and comes with a strap to keep it from extending during transport. The reel seats are made of plastic, but I could not find what the actual rod material is. The pink coloration is in an aluminum alloy material that wraps the rod. The rod has a foam handle grip for ease of holding for those long fishing adventures.

Included in this combo are tackle of various lures, hooks, sinkers, and weights.

It’s known for its sturdy feel unlike other cheap rods that may feel hollow and brittle, this one can hold its own. It’s durable enough to handle panfish but I wouldn’t recommend going deep-sea fishing with as it was not designed to do so.

This combo is great quality at an affordable price for a first-time or as an extra setup for when you have company with you.

Check out the Plusinno Telescopic rod here.

 

 

 

Pflueger Lady Trion Spinning Reel and Fishing Rod Combo

This brand comes in an old model and a new model, however, I haven’t been able to find anything on the new model. All the reviews are steered toward the old model, I personally like the color of the old model versus the pastel color of the new model. Pflueger is another brand who is a sponsor of the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

Pflueger has designed its lightweight, durable graphite rods with stainless steel guides, with custom grips specifically for women making it easier to grasp the rod with comfort. It comes in lengths of 5′ to 6′.10″ and rod powers of ultra-light and medium available.

The reel is constructed from a durable aluminum spool contributing to keeping the whole combo lighter and easier to use. The reel has a gear ratio of 5. 2:1.

When researching this brand I found that there were reviews both good and bad. Many have reported broken guide pieces or the tips were snapped off during shipment. For one person, the rod broke off at the base. Another reviewer said that the bail had fallen off when they were trying to reel in, but that person bought it about 2 years ago and had traveled from one state to another.

All those reviewers purchased directly through Pflueger. I have heard that the customer service with Amazon is awesome with resolving issues, replacing parts that were damaged during shipping, or had missing pieces.

Others have reported no problems whatsoever and it came highly recommended. Many say that the reel casts out smoothly and the rod felt sturdy and that they loved the handgrips.

I’d say it would be another good combo for a beginner angler or to use as a backup or an extra.

Check out the Pflueger Lady Trion here.

 

 

Ardent Lady Fishouflage Spinning Combo

The next review is one that is perfect for the lady or gal in your life who loves pink and camouflage.

This rod has a pretty pattern of largemouth bass with the colors of pink and white patterned in such a way that you can see them swimming around what looks like their natural habitat. Each rod is unique in the patterns, no two are ever alike.

The rod is a 6ft 6 inch 2-piece lightweight graphite frame equipt with an EVA split grips to ensure comfort all-day.

This combo comes with a 2000 size spinning reel with a 5.5:1 gear ratio and a 3 Ball Bearing system for a smooth, tangle-free fishing every time. The reel is made with a cold forged-aluminum spool with line capacities ranging from 8, 12, or 16 pounds.

Lady Fishouflage combo will be just as fun and pretty without losing any of the strength and power you expect from a great fishing combo.

Check out the Ardent Lady Fishouflage here.

 

Ladies, never ever again do you have to settle using unattractive yet unstylish fishing rod and reels again. With the 5 combos in this review, every one of those would be a beautiful piece to add to your arsenal of fishing gear. Go fishing in style with a combo that’s sure to increase the fun while still being strong, flexible with enough brute to handle fighting fish just like the men can.

 

If you are a big shopper online and you want to surprise that special lady in your life, Amazon has some great deals on fishing rod and reel combos. I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions or comments or want to leave your own personal review, leave a comment below.

What is A Good fishing Rod and Reel for Beginners-Choosing the best rod for you.


Fishing rod and reel for beginners

 

A great fishing rod and reel for a beginner’s outfit can make or break your experience. You may or may not want to use someone else’s fishing rod and reel unless it’s recommended for a beginner or they can show you how to use it.

Having the right type of fishing rod to start off with is the difference between having fun or going home frustrated. If you’re not shown how to use say a casting reel or fly reel for your first time, you will be sorely disappointed.

Having the right kind of fishing outfit for your first adventure of fishing with friends or family will make it all that much more fun.

How do I know what I will be fishing for?

If your not sure what type of fish or waterways you have nearby, talk to your local mom & pop tackle shops as they know what types of fishing are running in your area. They always have local anglers coming in for supplies and telling the stories about their fishing spots, what they caught and what lures were used.

These local area folks are always willing to share their fishing exhibitions with anyone willing to listen. Ask them questions and you will learn more than you ever thought to ask.

How to choose a fishing rod for beginners?

I wanted to take up fishing again, so I went to a bait and tackle shop to see what they had. I was intrigued by a bait caster rod and reel, it looked so cool and spiffy.

There was a sales clerk nearby and I asked what would they recommend for a newbie. They suggested that I start off with something easy to handle, and for the first time I should try a spinning reel, that’s when I first discovered there were distinct differences among rod and reels. Who knew? I certainly didn’t, I thought they were all the same.

 

First, Length of your rod.Good fishing rod and reel for beginners

The sales clerk recommended that I get a 4′ to 6′ spinning rod and reel combo. It was a perfect length for me and I didn’t feel intimidated by it. The clerk gave me a quick rundown on how to cast this setup that I purchased, and that with some practice I will be just fine.

I decided to go to the pier in Naples, Florida. I started casting out into the ocean and it was apparent to people around me that I was a newbie, a kind gentleman had offered to help me. I was very appreciative of his help and after a few times was able to cast out with confidence.

 

Second, the “construction” of your rod.

There are three types of materials used to construct a fishing rod: graphite, fiberglass, and composite. Graphite is very lightweight and sensitive but may snap under a good deal of force. Fiberglass, on the other hand, is tough with a soft action and can hold up better than graphite. However, the composite is a mixture of both fiberglass and graphite making it stronger and more sensitive, the ideal rod for different environments.

 

 

 

Third, the “action” of your rod.Action of a rod

Referring to how easily flexible the rod is when force is applied to it.

The “fast-acting” rods are used to catch larger species of fish. With this rod, the top third bends providing greater sensitivity and faster power for hook setting. Meaning you won’t need to move the rod as far on the hookset to get to the strong backbone of the rod.

“Medium and medium-fast” rods give more casting distance and still provide adequate hook setting. This one bends halfway with sensitivity and power for hook setting. It is ideal for beginners.

“Slow action” rods bend the most, making this the perfect rod for catching small fish. This rod gives you a greater bending range, but you will need to move the rod farther to achieve the hook set.

 

 

 

Fourth, “power” of your rod.

This describes the resistance of the rod bending under a given amount of weight, or pull of the fish. They are defined in terms such as; ultra-light, light, medium-light, medium, medium-heavy, heavy, and extra heavy. It is the resistance or stiffness of the rod to bending.

 

 

 

 

How do I choose a fishing reel?

There are 3 types of reels.

Spincast reelThe Spin casting reel (closed) sits on top of the rod. Just like the child’s fishing rod and reel that looks much like a toy, it is the easiest to use.

When casting your bait you simply press a button or lever on the reel to allow the line to unspool freely. The line is launched from a secured spool which eliminates backlashing and bird nests and uses much lighter lures and bait.

To cast this outfit you start by making sure the lure is at least 12 inches from the rod tip. Holding down the button you bring the rod around one side of you and release the button when your rod swings through till about 11 O’clock or 1 O’clock depending on which hand is holding the rod.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning reelThe Spinning reel is another perfect outfit for beginners. The spinning reel is anchored to the reel seat attached to the underbelly of the rod, and the line is deployed from a moving spool and passes through a small roller before continuing through the guides.

To cast this outfit you start by holding the rod in your dominant hand with the reel foot between your middle and ring finger. Turn the handle so that the line roller is directly under your index finger. Hold the line to the underbelly of the rod with the crook of your index finger.

Then you’ll want to open the bail with your other hand to ready yourself for the cast.

Afterward, you point the tip of your rod to the area you want your bait to land and with one smooth motion, bring the rod to a vertical position using only your elbows & wrist and not using your shoulders.

Without pausing allow the tip to bend back behind you, push the rod forward till your tip is positioned halfway to your target, then release the line with your index finger. At last, close the bail with your other hand and that will stop the spool from releasing.

 

 

 

 

Bait caster rods and Reels

The Bait Caster rod and reel. The spool sits perpendicular to the rod spins during the cast. Used mostly by the seasoned and experienced anglers, this setup can be a bit more difficult to use as you are controlling the line with your thumb.

To cast this outfit you start by making sure the lure is at least 6 to 12 inches from the rod tip. If there is a sinker or bobber than be sure to have it start away from the rod tip. Grip the rod right behind the reel with your thumb resting at a slight angle over the spool. This will allow for more control over the flow of the line during the cast.

Then turn the rod so the reel is pointing upwards, this allows you to use your wrist when you cast your bait or lure out. Press the reel spool release button and then bend your casting arm at the elbow. Raise your rod until the tip goes a little past the vertical position.

Swing the rod forward until you reach about the 10 ‘O’clock or 2 O’clock position depending on which arm your casting with, Once you do, lift your thumb off the spool just enough so that the weight of the bait is pulling the line from the spool.

Right as the bait hits the water, you need to press down on the spool to stop the line. If you wait too long after the bait hits the water, the spool will keep on turning creating knots (bird nest).

 

 

Again, I recommend getting a combo for your first go-around unless you have someone knowledgeable who can help you decide your options if you choose to build your own combo. There are different types of reels on the market that I was never fully aware of until I purchased my first one.

 

 

 

Combo kitsBeginners Fishing Rod and Reel Combos

When purchasing your rod and reel, I recommend getting them as a combo, specifically a spinning combo. Doing that will ensure you have the right rod and reel matched up correctly until you learn more about them and how to customize them to your liking.

A rod & reel combo is ideal for a beginner, they are perfectly suited together to ensure the right fit. Also available are combo kits; they offer you a variety of lures, hooks, line, and sinkers as a budget-friendly way to get you to try their brand.

If you decide not to go with the combo kits, then be sure to ask when purchasing a rod and reel separately if they are compatible. If the reel is not fitted with the correct rod you may damage them.

The take away here is that a good fishing rod and reel for beginners would be either the spinning or the spin-cast for their ease of use for new anglers who want a good rod and reel to use.

 

I hope you enjoyed my review of the different rods and reels and if you have any questions or comments or want to leave your own personal review, leave a comment below. Thank you.

Let’s Get Reel: The Different Types of Fishing Reels


Types of Fishing Reels used by Anglers

On a quest to replace my fishing gear, I started looking into the different types of fishing reels available and what their functions are. In doing the research I found four types of reels: Spincasters, Spinning, Baitcasters, and Fly reels. And with this information, I created a post on my findings.

Typically rods and reels are sold as combos, however, if you want to build your own outfit you need to realize that each type of reel is designed specifically for varying types of fish.

A reel, its the cylindrical device attached to a rod, used to contain the line on a spool. The reel allows for casting and retrieving the line after the cast was made.

No reel can be used for any type of fishing as they are designed with a specific use. You wouldn’t want to use a spincast reel to go deep-sea fishing, it’s just not designed for that kind of extreme fishing.
I will explain to you the four different types of reels available as well as the other variations, it’s really not as difficult as you may think.

But first, knowing the species of fish available in the area you want to explore helps to decide the reel for the job. What sort of bait or lures will you be using? Typically, bait casters pair up well with heavier lures, while spinning reels work best with small lures and bait.

The Different Types of Fishing Reels

Baitcasting Reels

Baitcasting reels (conventional reels) are used more by experienced or seasonal pro anglers wanting better control and accuracy. They require a lot of experience and skill, and without practice, you may write off the sport of fishing forever. One day soon I will venture out of my comfort zone and try my hand at a baitcasting rod & reel combo. That should be interesting!

Experienced anglers love the strength, durability and accuracy baitcasters offer allowing them to target the larger, powerful species of fish most desired.

Baitcasters do require a lot of patience, operating these types of reels is more of a manual process. You control the release of the line with your thumb using the right amount of pressure on the spool.

The risk of backlashing and knotting (birds nest) is eminent if the reel is not controlled effectively. The Shakespeare Ez Casting Rod & Reel Combo features a revolutionary anti-backlash system to take the fear out of baitcasting for beginners.

The Different Types of Fishing ReelsSpincasting Reels

When I was a young girl, I remember having a fishing pole. I didn’t know what type it was because I was just interested in catching a fish.  Now I know it was a spincast reel. They are still popular with little kids today with cute character designs such as Mickey Mouse, or Buzz Lightyear making them a must-have for your little fisher(man/gal). The spin casters are easy to use and inexpensive for first-time anglers getting started in the sport of fishing.

However, a disadvantage of a spin caster reel is that they are really small when it comes to the amount of line it can hold. They are not sturdy enough to catch the larger species of fish such as bass or tuna. The test line compacity is small in weight, only allowing to catch smaller fish.

 

The Different Types of Fishing Reels

Spinning Reels

Not to be confused with the Spincast reels which are close-faced, the spinning reel is an open-faced reel with a stationary spool. The benefit to a stationary reel stops the line from uncoiling once the cast is completed. This prevents birds’ nests and backlashes that can happen with a bait caster. This is a favorite among beginners of all ages, as it is much easier to handle.

Aside from the Spincaster reels, I used as a child, the one I use mainly now as an adult is a spinning reel. I love how easy it is for me to use and how versatile it is for either lake or beach fishing. It’s a reel that is used most often by beginners or by anglers who want to change it up sometimes.

 

These reels can be affordable depending on the type you purchase. For instance, KastKing Summer and Centron Spinning Reels is a very inexpensive option for the novice angler paired up with a KastKing Blackhawk II Telescopic Fishing Rod. You can create this outfit under $100 on Amazon.

I know from experience with using a spinning reel that when you cast out your line, your index finger holds the line up against the underside of the rod, then releases the metal bail upwards. As you cast overhead, you release your finger at the right moment (a little before the rod is over top of your head) for the line to cast out. By flipping the bail down it locks the line in place, allowing the line to be reeled back in.

A variation of a spinning reel is an offshore spinning reel. These are primarily used for deep-sea fishing for the large saltwater species like amberjacks, marlins, tuna, dolphin, and tarpon. Once when only (conventional) bait casters were used for fishing the deep blue sea, these offshore spinning reels can take the beating just like its counterparts.

 

 

 

The Different Types of Fishing Reels

FlyFishing Reels

The main purpose of a fly reel is to store and retrieve the fly line and backing. They can be used in both saltwater and freshwater. There are three types of fly reels; single-action, multiplying, and automatic.

Single action Fly reels make one revolution for each complete turn of the handle. They are lighter than the other style reels and have interchangeable spools. The downsize is the retrieval rate is poor when bringing in large, and very strong-swimming fish.

Multiplying type of reel has a spool that turns multiple times for each revolution. The line recovery is quicker than the single-action reels. The downside is the cost and there is not much of a selection to choose from.

Automatic is a style of the reel that is activated by a lever, it uses a spring tension devise to retrieve the line back into the reel. This type can retrieve the line back into the reel much quicker than its counterparts. This one has been known to have a reputation for being beginners gear. The bad part about these types of reels is that they are bulky and heavy and lack an adjustable outgoing drag.

When pursuing fly fishing you will want to be sure that you have a reel that is made to protect against the saltwater. Such as fully sealed carbon-to-stainless drag that is impenetrable against water, sand, and grit. Purchasing a reel under $50 is just setting you up for a disaster if you plan on fly fishing a lot. Generally, if you are wanting to make fly fishing your passion, investing in a premium reel will give you years of life with your reel. The Piscifun Crest Large Arbor Fly Fishing Reel would be a great option as it comes highly rated and is a top pick as seen in the reviews. Paired with the Pascifun Sword Graphite Fly Fishing Rod, your sure to have a great experience. For those who don’t need a high-quality fly reel, there is the Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Reel that can also pair up with the same Sword Graphite Fly Rod previously listed. Piscifun offers a lifetime warranty for all Crest Fly Reels.

 

 

Centerpin Reel

A variation of the Fly Reel is a Centrepin, or (centerpin). Manufactured in the early 1800’s they were more of an adaptation of the fly reel called Nottingham Winches. They are simply a spool to hold the line on a shaft and have absolutely no drag. system. More details about the centerpin can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Rod and Reel for Saltwater Fishing: The top 5


Best Rod and Reel for Saltwater Fishing: The Top 5

 

 

When I had relocated back to Florida Last year, I realized that I had left my only two spinning combos behind. With that, I’ve been on a hunt to replacing them and have been researching different types of rods and reels available. Now before, I just bought any kind fishing combo that looked nice to me not knowing the first thing about them. Since I have done some research, I am better equipt to make a choice on what I need.

I’ve decided to create a post on the best rod and reel for saltwater fishing I found and to share them with others who may be interested in fishing for the first time or someone who may want to update their collection. As I mentioned before, I am an amateur angler and whatever I learn about this sport I will share my findings with you here. Please come back from time to time and see how I grow this website. I will be offering some goodies free in the near future for all of my readers, so come back soon.

I had researched 5 different rods specifically for saltwater fishing and I was very pleased with my findings. I have made my choice and will reveal my chosen one here in just a bit. Please note that the combos presented here can also be used in freshwater applications too.

 

 

 

 

Amazon’s Bestseller

Best Rod and Reel for Saltwater Fishing: The top 5

 

Sougayilang

The all-purpose spinning fishing combos: R-spider DL fishing rod combos is a great choice for everything from lighter freshwater to medium saltwater fishing applications.

Ideal for gamefish including freshwater fish like bass, walleye, and trout as well as popular inshore species like redfish, speckled trout and flounder.

Included in this kit are one telescopic rod, one reel and an assortment of artificial bait, jigs, and a spool of braided line.

Rod

The telescopic rod is constructed with carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass making it strong and heavy-duty, thus allowing for greater sensitivity.

The guide (rings) and the nylon reel seat are made with stainless steel allowing it to handle the corrosive elements of ocean fishing.
The rod is very portable when closed up together making it easy to carry with you in your bag or your glove box.

EVA knob makes it non-slip and more comfortable for those long days of fishing. It is very portable and lightweight, easy to travel within your car or luggage to your favorite fishing holes.

Reel

The reel is lightweight with a fiber-reinforced graphite body and rotor. It has a gear ratio of 5.1:1 and with a 12 ball bearing and +1 instant anti-reverse bearing allows for smooth and consistent movement.

To prevent the line from slipping, the spool is constructed with a machined aluminum carbon fiber drag system to deliver consistent pressure.

The Sougayilang fishing rod combo comes with a telescopic rod, spinning reel, and a carrier bag that great for storage and carrying.

You can find the Sougayilang combo on Amazon for $58.99.

 

 

Plusinno combo

                                                                                  

Plusinno Rod and Reel Combo

The Rod

This telescopic rod is constructed using a high-density carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass making it durable and strong.

The handle uses EVA fore grip for comfort and stability allowing more control.

The reel seat is stainless steel and anti-corrosive against saltwater fishing elements. Gear ratio of 5.2:1 with a large aluminum spool.

Instant anti-reverse: power drive gear equipped for high strength when reeling in those fighting fish.

The Reel

Plusinno reels are made with CNC machine cut collapsible handles. The standard 12+1 ball bearings are corrosion resistant against the saltwater elements.

This full kit is perfect for the beginner angler without the confusion of the type of gear needed to enjoy a day of fishing. Fits perfectly in your car, backpack, or boat, unlike the non-collapsible rods that can become tangles easily.

You can find the Plusinno Rod and Reel on Amazon for $39.98.

 

 

 

 

Daiwa presso 4pk rod

Amazon’s Choice

Daiwa Presso Ultralight Pack Spinning Rod 4-piece.

First, understand that the review for the Daiwa is a 2-parter. The rod and reel are separated in this review but are compatible.

Rod

The Daiwa spinning rod is compatible with the Daiwa Revros LT Spinning Reels mentioned next. They are super lightweight and shock absorbing to handle strong fish on ultra-fine lines.

Daiwa has created the lightest and highly sensitive rod in the range of weight. Making it the lightest spinning rod option for the traveling angler.

The rods are constructed with 4 pieces IM-7 Graphite giving them strength and durability to handle even the feistiest fish. It’s great for catching light to medium-sized fish.

Collapsing and reassembling the Daiwa Presso rods are very simple and convenient to pack into your backpack and head off to a new favorite fishing destination.

The Presso Pack rod breaks down into 4 sections making for easy storage and transport to your next fishing destination. Its constructed with IM-7 graphite ensuring optimal strength and durability and can take a beating day in and day out.

The handle has a comfort grip made of cork to ensure proper grip and avoidance of slipping out of your hands when in battle.

There is a semi-hard travel case for ease of transport and protection of the rod. Unfortunately, the reel is not included (purchased separately) and so the case may not hold the reel too.

You can find the Daiwa Presso Ultralight Pack Spinning Rod on Amazon for $57.50.

 

 

 

 

Daiwa Revros Spinning reel

Amazon’s choice

Daiwa Revros LT Spinning Reels 

The Daiwa Revros LT Spinning Reels are much easier on the wallet. The reel is lightweight, rugged and may be perceived like it is a high-end costly reel.

In fact, it is weighted and performs much similar to those costing $600 or more, the composite material gives you that feel without it breaking the bank.

The handle of the reel is pre-equipped with a machined aluminum handle giving it the smooth flowing of power to the main gear. Revros employs an “Air Rotor” design weighing up to 15 percent less than ordinary rotor designs and with its unique shape, the weight of the reel is distributed evenly for maximum strength.

The light composite housing greatly improves the strength to weight ratio while still providing a solid framework for the powerful gearing. This lightweight and tough reel lets a fish take off with the bait while feeling little to no resistance.

You can find the Daiwa Revros LT Spinning Reel on Amazon for $39.95.

 

 

 

 

Ugly Stik GX2 Combo

 

Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Combo

The Shakespeare UglyStik GX2 spinning combo offers a better balance for a lighter feel.

Constructed with the lightweight combination of graphite and fiberglass giving this rod more sensitivity along with strength and durability.

Combined with a highly durable Shakespeare fishing reel makes this a great combo for new anglers alike.

The Rod

UglyStik rod is made with graphite and fiberglass, the sturdy but flexible rod can handle any fishing conditions its put up against.
Ugly tuff guides are constructed with stainless steel to eliminate the rings from breaking off. The guides can be used with the strong braided line or fluorocarbon, and mono fishing lines.

The tip-top is designed for extra strength and added sensitivity, detecting even the faintest nibbles perfect for when those sneaky fish like to tease you.

The grips are constructed with the same EVA material ensuring durability and ergonomic comfort all day with a modern look. Ensuring you have a great experience, the grips are balanced to improve range of motion and assist to keep fatigue to a minimum.

The Reel

Delivering smooth and powerful performance the UglyStik’s spinning reel with its ratio of 5.2:1 is dependability you can trust for years.
Constructed with machined double-anodized aluminum spool and oversized compression bail springs, the 4 ball bearings help ensure smooth operation and delivery of near-instantaneous hook sets.

You can find the Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning on Amazon for $49.99.

This one is my choice, however, I prefer the one aesthetically pleasing model for women such as The GX2 spinning combo.

 

 

 

KastKing Brutus Spinning Combo

KastKing Brutus Spinning Combo.

Here’s a combo that is Brute tough and durable but lightweight enough to handle extreme fishing conditions, if your an angler who likes to test the limits. With a graphite frame, hard fighting fish don’t stand a chance against this beast.

The Rod

The KastKing rod features a strike-tip designed for early strike detection during dim light conditions.
The rods come in lengths from 5’ to 7’ long and has a power rating of light to medium-heavy.

Along with a durable lightweight rod, Brutus components are just as durable. Only using stainless-steel running line guides, framing the rod with corrosion-resistant rings for saltwater fishing.

The Brutus rod handle is cushioned sufficiently for your all-day-long fishing adventures. With EVA material for the grip and foregrip, It is easy to clean, durable and does not break or crack when under extreme temperatures. Giving you the best leverage for landing large fish.

The tip-top guide ring is made with Zirconium Oxide ideal for braided, fluorocarbon, and mono fishing lines.

The Reel

The spinning reel seat is kept firmly in place under heavy pressure due to the graphite material it encompasses.
The Brutus spinning reel is composed of CNC aluminum spool, 4+1 performance bar bearings with a strong, yet lightweight graphite frame, rotor, and handle, for a smooth powerful drag and perfectly matched to fit the rod.

With a ratio of 5.0:1, the Brutus spinning reel performs comparably well to other top-notch valued reels without the huge ticket price.

Featuring a zinc alloy main gear and a brass pinion gear gives this reel durability and less noise. With a remarkably smooth, adjustable, multi-disc drag system that delivers up to 17.5-pound run-stopping drag power. Also, with an instant anti-reverse bearing for quick hook sets, you are sure to land a fish.

Reliability You Can Trust – You can count on the NEW KastKing Brutus spinning reel to be ready to fish when you are. KastKing is committed to building trouble-free spinning reels that will deliver hassle-free performance year after year.

You can find the KastKing Brutus Spinning on Amazon for $49.99.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my review of the best rod and reels for saltwater fishing. If you have any comments or anything you would like to add, please leave a comment below, thank you.

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