Author: Brent aka "Sundrop"

The “REEL” Deal….. part 1

OK, you’ve done the cane-pole thing…or decided to go for it all the way!!!
Now you need to know a little about reels…the types and how they work. I highly recommend simplicity here in the beginning because spending your day fighting with equipment is quick to make someone “throw in the towel” when it comes to fishing.
Remember “fishing requires patience…” enough said.

There are 3 basic forms of reel…
  1. Spincast –closed faced- easy to use
  2. Spinning –open faced- slightly more difficult
  3. Baitcast -- as loved, as cursed…most difficult


Let’s start with the easiest to use. The Spincast-closed face. These reels have a covered spool and a thumb controlled release. You press the button on the back with your thumb…..hold it down as you swing the rod forward…and as you approach about the 10-11 o’clock position release the thumb-button thus releasing the line to spool out and deliver your bait to the water. A little practice is all it takes… These reels are usually durable depending on the quality you purchase and require some basic maintenance in the “off” season like cleaning and lubing (which all reels need). Shortcomings are that they don’t cast as far as the baitcast or open spinning reels although I find them adequate in most conditions. They come in many sizes and all levels of quality. Make sure if you intend to use them in any saltwater that they are rated for saltwater use as the closed design makes them even more susceptible to corrosion if not rinsed thoroughly after salt use.

I recommend the Zebco 33 or 808 reels. The 33 is a good light grade reel for 8-14 lb test line and is a durable design that has been on the market in some form since the 1950’s. The 808 comes in a BIGWATER (BW) version as well as the basic 808 with the BW having the parts needed for low corrosion in salt. It can carry 20-25lb test line for those larger fish. There are others made y quality vendors like Abu Garcia’s “ABUMATICS” and many others. Features to look for are ball bearings, ceramic line pick ups and make sure if you need a left hand reel that they are reversible so you can move the handle.. You can buy rod/reel combos for $25-45 and get good matched stuff for starting out.

Make sure you notice what the reel is made from. Many cheap plastic reels look good and work ok but the first time your or a kid drops one they crack and they are junk. They also just won’t last and can cause headaches that will ruin your taste for fishing.

Next, in “THE REEL DEAL part 2” …we will get into the open faced or “Spinning reel”. This design is a great “catch all do all” design that is easy to use and maintain and I recommend it as a design you can use on all skill levels… Until then, remember. As many here on NCAngler have said..”The first trick to catching fish is put your line in the water!!!!”


About Me: My name is Brent, I'm 41 yrs young, or "old goat with an old boat" !!
City: "little" Washington
Interests: FISHING! tinkering on anything that burns gas...
Occupation: Health Care
Home Waters - Areas Fished Most: Pamlico river/ Tar river.. Coastal piers..Falls lake when I visit the folks!