What's the Best Spinning Reel for Saltwater Fishing?
Could this be the very best spinning reel?
If price is anything to go by, it's certainly one of them!
p.s. If you click on the above link, make sure to watch the video.
All saltwater fixed spool reels have this feature - otherwise there wouldn't be much point in being able to lock the drag down tight.
But some reels allow the anti-reverse mechanism to be disengaged, enabling you to backwind the handle in the event that you need to give line when the drag is locked down tight.
So if you're thinking of buying a new saltwater fixed spool reel, this is a feature you might want to look for.
And considerably less expensive than the one above...
The bale arm does two things ...
- It turns the line through 90 degrees so that it aligns with the transverse spool, and
- it rotates around the stationary spool winding on the line as it does so.
During the cast the bale arm folds back out of the way so that the line can escape unhindered from the spool.
Qualities to look for in a bale arm? Just two ...
- The bale arm roller must rotate freely under load - and it will need a roller bearing if it's to do so. If it sticks it will wear the line out rapidly and wind the line onto the spool with twists in it - neither of which you need.
- It must lock securely in place for the cast, and stay there until either
- a turn of the reel handle snaps it back into position for the retrieve, or
- the bale arm is returned manually
A lighter, but highly rated spinning reel for inshore fishing.
This one's from Europe, and has a spool optimised for braid lines.
Oscillating Line Lay
It's this mechanical device that moves the bale arm back and forth over the spool as it rotates around it, distributing the line evenly across the spool as it does so.
If you intend to use small diameter braided line, then the line lay must be pretty much perfect, otherwise one coil will embed itself between two adjacent ones which will do nothing to help your casting expectations.
You're far more likely to find the required qualities in a more expensive reel than in a cheap one - not that I expect this pearl of wisdom to come as a surprise to you!
Poor line lay will result in the line building up unevenly across your spool, preventing it flowing smoothly over the rim in the cast and adversely affecting your casting range and accuracy. Not really what you want.
This hugely powerful spinning reel holds 440 yards of 100lb braid.
Think twice before clicking on the link, as the price should come with a health warning!
Want to see some other highly rated but less expensive spinning reels? Thought so...
And finally ...
All saltwater fishing reels are mechanically complex and machined to fine tolerances - or they should be.
But although there are plenty of?cheap reels of questionable quality?out there, most will turn out to be anything but the bargain they first appeared to be - so choose carefully and buy the best spinning reel you can afford.