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Reels I Use

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

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!

If any of the reels you want are out of stock at the links below try here:

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.

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.

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.

The Daiwa Tatula LT spinning reel has been replaced with a new model: Daiwa Tatula MQ LT

Great option around $100:

Daiwa Fuego LT 2500 size - USE CODE Luna15

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