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Reels I Use

Updated: Dec 28, 2021

There are a ton of reels to choose from, and knowing which one to choose isn’t always easy, so I wanted to break down specifically what I use in order to help you choose the right reel for the technique you are looking to buy for. I’m going to go through different techniques and outline the specific reels I’m using. If you watch my content on YouTube, you may see a reel or two that’s not listed here, and that’s because it’s either been discontinued, or I prefer a reel listed here instead!


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Casting Reels

Jigs, Carolina Rigs, Flipping, Buzzbait, Jerkbait, Worm

When it comes to the reel I choose for these slower, more methodical, and sensitivity specific techniques, I’m looking for lighter reels, and higher gear ratios. The light weight of the reel allows me to get the most sensitivity out of my rod, and the faster gear ratio allows me to reel up slack really fast. The higher gear ratio also helps to get fish out of cover quickly.









Daiwa Tatula SV 7.3:1 - USE CODE Luna15









Daiwa Tatula SV TW103 7.1:1 - USE CODE Luna15


Reels I’m looking at:

Daiwa Tatula Elite 7.1:1 and 8.1:1 gear ratios (Use Code Luna15)


Crankbaits, Spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits, other reaction baits

When I’m throwing reaction baits, I’m looking for a reel that allows me to cover water yet, slow my bait down to keep it in the strike zone longer. I also want a reel that can cast a mile! Long casts with crankbaits in particular are key, because it allows your bait to be at the target depth for as long as possible. I’m typically using a 6.3:1 gear ratio reel for my reaction baits. I feel this gear ratio allows me to slow down when I need to, and speed up enough when needed.









Daiwa Tatula SV 6.3:1 - USE CODE Luna15









Daiwa Tatula CT 6.3:1 - USE CODE Luna15









Shimano SLX 6.3:1 - USE CODE Luna15


Spinning Reels

Spinning reels are needed for a variety of techniques, and most of them are involved in some sort of finesse fishing. A high quality drag is very important on a spinning reel. Weight is also something I look at when buying a spinning reel. I want the lightest I can afford. When the bite is tough, and you have that spinning rod in had all day you need something light to not fatigue you, and also allow you to feel the most subtle of bites.










Daiwa Tatula LT Spinning Reel 3000 size - USE CODE Luna15










Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel 2500 size - USE CODE Luna15


Spinning Reels I’m looking at:

Daiwa Ballistic LT 2500 size - USE CODE Luna15


Great options around $100:

Daiwa Fuego LT 2500 size - USE CODE Luna15

Shimano NASCI 2500 size - USE CODE Luna15


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