So, you want to go on a fishing adventure. But, you don’t own any fishing tackle yet. You live near saltwater, so you know there is a difference there, but other than that…you are clueless. You go to your local tackle shop and are taken aback by all the options. With so many brands and models out there, how do you choose. Lots of people enjoy the idea of going out for a relaxing fishing trip, but when you are just getting started, how do you know what tackle you need. Of course asking your local tackle shop staff is a great place to begin, but even that has mixed reports. They all seem to have a different opinion. So, how do you choose?
The list of brands is too numerous to even list. Everyone knows Penn and Shimano, even if they have never fished before, but they are more known because of how much those companies spend on advertising. So, that in turn makes their reels a little more expensive.
So you live in a saltwater area, that’s where we will start the criteria for your first reel. All reels are not alike even from freshwater to saltwater. If you want a saltwater fishing reel, you need to make sure it is made to withstand the environment. Ask your tackle shop staff to point out the saltwater reels.
Then you need to decide on spinning or baitcast. I will strongly suggest a spinning reel for your first as they are easier to use for beginners as well as they cost less. Baitcast reels do perform better, but they have a heavy price and you need the knowhow to use them, otherwise you will wind up with what’s called a bird’s nest on your first cast and that will pretty much end your day for fishing.
The final thing that should make up your mind for your first reel is price. Don’t let price fool you. Just because it’s the most expensive or least does not mean it is the best or worst. Feel how the reel spins in your hand. More bearings usually mean smoother action, which is good, but it doesn’t have to be top of the line to bring home the catch. And if you can find last year’s model, you will save a lot and not lose any quality.