When it comes to fishing, it’s all about selecting the right toys to play with and when it comes to toys the most sophisticated piece of equipment a fisherman would own is the fishing reel. With so many parts and so many types to choose from reel selection can be a difficult thing. It is the age-old question: what’s better? The baitcasting reel or the spinning reel? In Thailand using a baitcaster over a spinning reel is pretty much a statement to say that you are a more serious fisherman than others as the spinning reel here is generally the first reel most people use or own here. In Thailand, there is also the general misconception that the spinning reel was invented before the baitcasting. Boy were they wrong.
- The original baitcaster reel was believed to have originated in the 17th Century.
- Originally, the drag of a baitcaster reel came with no drag. The only resistance came from the fisherman’s thumb.
- They are known sometimes as a conventional reel in the US and a multiplier reel in the UK.
- The reel is fixed above the rod and not below.
- Can be cranked on the drag allowing for more powerful retrieves, good for bigger fish.
- Having the thumb on the spool improves distance control and accuracy when casting with just one hand. This sort of control requires both hands.
- Slack line can be retrieved on a baitcaster on a moderate level allowing for easier control over lures that need a jerking motion like the popper or a jerk bait.
- Drag can easily be temporarily increased by placing thumb on the spool.
- When casting, the spool must overcome inertia meaning that lightweight lures would be very difficult to cast unless.
- Due to the reel being positioned on the top, standing the rod on structures will always result in the rod being upside down due to the reel’s weight.
- Spinning reels came into popular use as early as the 1870s. They were created so that people could cast out smaller lures and baits.
- They only became widely popular after the Second World War.
- The spinning reel’s design allows for line to leave the reel without having to overcome inertia thus eliminating backlash.
- It can cast much lighter gear allowing for some superior finesses fishing.
- With the reel at the bottom, holding a spinning rod feels a lot more natural than holding a baitcaster rod as it allows for a more solid grip and a more comfortable weight distribution.
- Cranking the line while the fish is pulling the line out will easily result in twisted line a problem when fighting bigger fish.
- Requires both hands when pressing down on the spool for power lifting.
- Holding the reel incorrectly can hurt when the bail arm spins into your knuckles, something that would never happen with a baitcaster.
Interesting Thai reel trends
- The preferred reel for freshwater lure fishing in Thailand is the low-profile baitcasting reel.
- Fishing with a baitcaster in Thailand shows that you are more serious about fishing simply because the first reel most people own in Thailand is the spinning reel. There’s a novelty in using something that no one else uses.
- Like hand-bags there is also a hierarchy of brand names when it comes to reels. It’s almost a status symbol like driving an expensive car around.
- Shimano dominates the market as being the number one luxury brand for fishing reels. It is also the most easy to resell.
- The spinning reel that everyone seems to want for all sorts of fishing is the Shimano Stella family. Prices range from about B17000-30000.
- The baitcaster reel that everyone seems to want for lure fishing is the low-profile Shimano Anteres or anything from that family. The magnetic control and the built-in microchip allows for this baitcaster to cast small lures like a spinning reel. Prices in Thailand for the Anteres start from B14000.
- On top of the Shimano Anteres, the Shimano Calcutta is also in great demand and will always very easily fetch a high price on the online auctions.
What are your thoughts on your choice of fishing reel? Is one superior to the other? What sort of unique trends do you have in your country?