Penn Saltwater Spinning Reel

Posted in Penn Fishing Gear by Penn Fishing Gear on November 21, 2011

Penn Saltwater Spinning Reel

Conventional vs. Bait Casting Reel-What’s the Difference

In many ways, bait casting and conventional reels are a lot alike, but what differences exist determine how anglers make use of them in saltwater and fresh. Although they are both worlds apart from spinners, bait casting and conventional reels are nearly alike with each other. Is it possible for a greenhorn fisherman to tell the difference? Although some reels could be used for either use, non-spinners are actually meant fishing from a boat (vertically) or the shore (cast).

You should start by learning how they’re the same. Each has a spool axis that is perpendicular to the rod that it is mounted to. A spool is designed to spin when you cast or release the line. This is so the line is released smoothly, because the spool is what releases the line. On a spinning reel, the axis runs parallel to its rod, and holds the line still during your cast. The line is released in loop fashion before it even hits that first guide.

Each also offers a crank handle, which is found on the reel’s side, and lefties or right-handed anglers can use them. A level-wind feature is present on each as well, offering a guide that moves forward and back across the spool. As you release or reel the line, it winds the line evenly, rather than allowing it to pile on one side or the other unevenly.

Now, bait casters are built to maintain their best performance, meaning smooth release of the line and a safety against every fisherman’s nightmare—backlash. Most manufacturers use magnets or even centrifugal brakes to help avoid this backlash. Backlash is a common problem, happening when the lure/bait hits the water, stopping suddenly. However, the spool is still spinning, and it quickly winds itself back over its spool. Most fishermen hate this “bird’s nest” effect, but novices see it often. These reels (meant for saltwater) usually include such models as Saltiga’s Surf, Abu Garcia’s C3, the SX by AVET, and Shimano’s Calcutta, among others.

If you frequently fight to drag fish toward a boat, a conventional reel does so very efficiently. This is due to the alignment of the reel, ensuring that all stress is on the fighting fish instead of the angler’s equipment. These reels are very comfortable, and require much less work, so use them with three-ways, jigs, live lining, and trolls. This includes the Daiwa Sealine, Shimano’s Charter Special, and the ever-popular Penn 113 and 114.

There are surely a wide variety of reels on the market, so of the other popular Penn Reels include: Penn International 975 and Penn 209.

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