Which reel for lure fishing?

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With the evolution of different fishing techniques, brands and manufacturers have created equipment specifically designed for the use of lures, starting with the reel. Developed to offer retrieve speeds, but also a capacity and power adequate with its techniques, it is sometimes a little complicated to make a choice in the immensity proposed.

We'll explain the advantages of choosing a casting reel or a spinning reel. These two complementary models will give you different levels of performance. We'll also see that size and certain technologies can influence your choice in different ways.

The spinning reel, the perfect classic choice for beginners

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This is the most popular model among French anglers. It will allow you to fish both in the sea and in freshwater. They offer a spool that doesn't spin, but benefits from a rotor that winds the line into the spool. The world's leading brands offer them, including Daiwa.

It has certain qualities that make it a model of choice. One of the most important, especially when you're fishing with lures from the shore, is its ability to propel at great distances. Once the pick-up is open, your line, whether braid or nylon, will be completely free to project outside the spool.

With a good quality line, you can easily wait dozens of metres to go and find the fish where it is. It's important to remember that the diameter of your line body is directly related to your ability to make long-distance casts.

This is one of the other intrinsic qualities of this type of reel. It will be capable of easily catapulting very fine braids without causing any problems. In fact, once the pick-up is open the line is completely free to project into the rings.

This makes it the model of choice for finesse fishing in search of perch and possibly pike-perch and of course all small predators such as trout or rock fishing.

These two main aspects of this type of reel will encourage you to use it in certain conditions. As you will have realised, it will be particularly at ease when good casting distances are required. It is therefore ideal for use on the seashore, lakeside or in a pond.

Generally speaking, you'll opt for a size of between 2500 and 4000, depending on the diameter of the braid you wish to install inside.

When fishing with small lures, you're more likely to go for the lightness and balance of a finesse combo with sizes of 500, 1000 or possibly 2000. Remember to opt for shallow spools if you want to use braid on your reel.

The last well known and recognised use is hunting, particularly for large marine predators such as tuna. Sizes will inevitably be larger to accommodate as much thick braid as possible. From 10,000 to 30,000 depending on the location and the fish you're hoping to catch, you'll need to be able to handle both the casting and the fighting.

You'll clearly want a reel that can stand up to the power of fish and corrosion.

Casting reels, a breath of fresh air perfect for trying out a new approach

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Casting reels are less popular in France and Europe in general, but they account for the majority of products sold in the United States and Japan. When you consider the fishing nations that these two countries are, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there's something to be gained by taking an interest in this technology.

And indeed, you can count on their know-how in certain areas of lure fishing. First of all, they're ideal for practical big bait fishing in freshwater. They feature a rotating spool, technologically advanced bearings and direct line winding.

This ensures that relatively heavy weights can be retrieved effortlessly and without damaging the equipment. As a result, you'll enjoy a particularly wide range of uses across much of the range. Pike anglers will take advantage of this fluidity to cast up to several hundred grams.

Vertical fishing will also be easier with this reel. It's easy to use with just one hand, as the line is released with a simple push. This keeps the second hand warm when temperatures easily approach freezing.

In the same spirit, but this time for sea fishing, you can opt for this reel for all practical jigging. More powerful and with a smaller ratio, you'll be able to easily let down heavy weights without making the reel suffer, or needing to use a very large size.

Here again, the use of just one hand during animation is an advantage for keeping the other free.

Last but not least, the casting can be used for many black bass techniques. This fish comes straight out of the lakes and rivers of the United States and Japan. Practising mainly with casting, the rods that correspond to the search for this fish are almost all oriented with the rings upwards.

This means that you'll have to make a slightly forced choice if you want to benefit from all the expertise that these two great nations have put into their products. Shimano for example, Abu Garcia and Lew's are all experts in the field.

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