How to pick the right catfish reels

Here is a description of all three types of reels:
*         Spinning Reels – These are often referred to as the closed-faced reel and they are the easiest ones to use. If you’re a beginner, this is the one you should probably start out with because it will be so much easier to handle than either of the other two. Before you buy the spinning reel, make sure you check it first and look for balance and stability. The more expensive reels will have better stability.
*         Bell Reel – The bell or open-faced reel is a littler harder to control than the spinning reel. Basically, you have to hold your index finger over the fishing line while using your other hand to flip the bell (the part that holds the fishing line in place) over, then cast while releasing the line. This one would take some practice.
*         Bait Casting Reels – These are the hardest reels to learn how to use, which is why normally only the experienced angler will choose these. You’ll need to hold the line down with your thumb when casting or you won’t have control over where the line goes.

However, once you learn how to use the bait casting reel correctly, it’s considered to be the best. You need to pay close attention to the level wind mechanism when buying a bait casting reel because this will distribute the fishing line evenly when it’s retrieved.

As you can see, picking the right catfish reels will depend on a variety of different things. It can be a little difficult picking out the right one but the tips listed above will help you make a good decision.

Don’t buy a reel just because someone else says it works great. It may be the right one for them, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be the best choice for you. This is something that you’ll have to decide for yourself. After choosing your reel, it’s a good idea to get in as much practice as you can. The more you go fishing the better you’ll become.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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