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Round vs. Low Profile Baitcasters

February 28th 2014 01:06
fishing reels
If you're a fan of baitcasting reels, there comes a time when you have to decide on round or low profile models. Some people are real stubborn and stick with only one style. I must be a fence-sitter because I have one of each.


I'll be the first to admit a low profile reel looks pretty sleek. The looked even cooler when they first hit the market and the only people using them were touring pros on the B.A.S.S.circuit. A really decent low profile reel is still going to set you back at least a hundred bucks but, they've really dropped in price as their popularity had risen.

One of the raps again the low profile baitcasters is that the outside is entirely plastic. While this is usually the case, modern, super-strong plastics are used so you don't have to worry if your reel bangs the bottom of your boat.

Another down side is that you're paying for the look. I can't figure out if that's true or not. I will say there are decent round baitcasters on the market that are cheaper than low profile reels. Still, until I can match up two reels from the same manufacturer in both round and low profile styles, I'm going to bow out of this discussion.

I'm sort of old school on the whole topic. While having each style, I lean toward the round styles. I'm not sure why. I do know this, round styles usually hold more line and if I'm fishing a river with a decent current, I like to let the whole spool drift out before I start reeling the line in. That's why you see saltwater reels in the round style.





Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!


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Getting rid of Back Lashes

February 18th 2014 02:14
Sooner or later, all baitcaster users experience back lashes or birds' nests. I like using my baitcaster so this video has proved invaluable to me.

Aside from the tricks outlined here, I'll add one of my own--patience, patience, patience!

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February 9th 2013 15:21
fishing reels

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The advantages of ceramic bearings

June 26th 2012 01:27
Ceramic bearing have been around for a while so, seeing them is fishing reels is not a big deal.

What is a big deal is usually the price of the reel. So, the thing you have to ask yourself is, "Are they worth it?"

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How to spool your spinning reel

May 31st 2012 13:29
To some people, putting line on a fishing reels seems like one of those unwritten gimmes.

For some, it may be a no brainer BUT rest assured, a poorly spooled reel can cause agony on almost every cast!

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Planned obselance

April 22nd 2012 03:14
fishing reels

I don't think there's a person out there who doesn't believe things are made to wear out. Think about it--things break, we buy new ones to take their place and that's what makes the world go 'round--or at least keeps the economy going.

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Beware of store brand reels

April 8th 2012 02:58
This post is probably going to upset a lot of corporate heads but, that's the way it goes....


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How to cast a baitcaster

January 26th 2012 01:38
Many anglers find a bait casting reel difficult to use and end up with a tangled mess. Although reels almost always come with instructions, they often go unread or the need for adjustment when changing lures becomes a pain.

This video I found on YouTube is probably one of the best out there. It outlines how to use the "automatic" features of the reel and finishes, whether he meant to or not, by touching on what old timers call "an educated thumb."

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New take on Penn handle color

June 21st 2011 20:10
It's no secret that I like old Penn reels like the Surfmaster and Peerless.

Like most people, I've subscribed to the theory of dating Penn Reels by the handle color. Unfortunately, that may not be true because I ran across this post today on a forum called bloddydecks.com as I was trying to put a date on an old handle I had lying around.

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Ying and Yang of reel care

May 31st 2011 01:19
Every now and then, readers of this blog hear the mantra, "Take card of your equipment" or words to that effect.

That advice is especially true around salt water and is driven home by the accompanying photograph.

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Can't beat those old Mitchells

April 28th 2011 23:21
My brother-in-law forwarded this link to me this afternoon.

Since I'm a little partial to the old Mitchells and the 300 in particular, he knew it would be of interest to me.

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How reels are made

February 10th 2011 01:12
I found this YouTube showing how fishing reels are made. Enjoy...


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Another interesting link

February 6th 2011 02:48
Evidently, I've been on Orble longer than I thought.

That was brought to my attention when I found this site and remembered a video from YouTube that I posted in 2008.

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fishing reels
Ask a dozen anglers if they prefer a bait casting reel or spinning reel and they're probably going to chose a spinning reel. On the other hand, which fishing reel is best for you is one of those questions you have to work out for yourself. There's no easy answer and it often comes down to the application.

As a kid, I started fishing with an old bait casting reel that belonged to my grandfather. Talk about old school--no buttons and only your thumb to stop the line from a huge backlash. Bait casting reels are a whole lot easier to use today but, you can still end up with some nasty backlashes if you're not careful.

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Spinning or Baitcast?

December 28th 2009 00:18
Fishing reel
When the topic is fishing reels, a question that invariably pops up is, "Which is best--a spinning reel or baitcaster?"

There's no easy answer to that question and I could waste your time with all the usual stuff like "...it depends on where you're going to fish," or "...it depends on the intended species. Here's my take on the subject--get both!

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Loosen that drag!

October 30th 2009 01:07


No matter what kind of fishing you do, if you're starting to think about hunting and think you're done fishing for the year, make sure you loosen the drag on your reel if you plan on putting it away until next season.

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If you've been looking for a reel, you've probably run across the term "level wind." Exactly what is a level wind reel?

A level wind reel is a reel with a mechanism that winds the line evenly on the spool as you wind the crank. You usually find these around fresh water applications.

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Penn Reels--now and for ever

September 23rd 2009 00:39
Penn Reel
Here's a good site I stumbled upon for Penn Reels.

I've never seen a Penn that didn't hold up well over the years. In fact, if you buy one new, you may think you're paying too much but you're probably making a life time investment that will hold up with very little maintenance.

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New reel is super fast!

September 17th 2009 00:31
Daiwa Aggrest
Daiwa's superfast Aggrest
If you're looking for a fast reel Daiwa comes to the rescue with their new Aggrest™ 7.3 Hyper Speed reel.

For all the tackle junkies out there, rest assured, this is one sweet package. First of all, you get a 7.3-1 retrieve which means you're picking up 32" of line with every turn of the crank. Plus, the whole thing is encased in an aluminum frame for durability.

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