This has been a long-debated question… baitcasting reel vs spinning reel, which one is better and which one is right for you? Both reels have their pros and cons, but we want to debunk the benefits and help you decide which one you should choose.
The main elements you need to consider when choosing a reel are:
Spinning reels are known for their ease of use and simplicity. They’re the most commonly used and perfect for beginners who are just starting out in the angling world. Spinners generally throw smaller baits like soft plastics as well as live baits and cast lighter lines, which is also great for beginners, as you don’t have to worry about backlash.
|Less likely to tangle||Less line capacity|
|Easy to use||Less accurate|
|Good for beginners||Can't catch heavy fish|
|Easy to maintain||Heavier reel|
|Good for light lures and live bait||Difficult to control whilst still in flight|
If you’re just getting into fishing then a spinning reel is the best one for you. The lack of complicated features means there’s a lot less to learn, and you can focus on catching some serious fish without the risk of backlash! If you’re already a pro angler and looking for fish with light line then a spinning reel is also favourable.
Baitcasters are particularly great if you’re going to be out on the water all day long, casting and casting and casting. They offer greater line capacity and you can get a lot of drag and strength in a very small package. There’s also greater accuracy as you can control the distance by resting your thumb on the spool, to act as a brake. This feature is ideal for bass fishing and allows you to get the lure as close as you can to the shore, without landing it in the bushes.
Top tip: put the brakes on just before your lure hits the water, as if not you will experience backlash.
|Greater line capacity||More complicated to use|
|Lighter reel||Harder to maintain|
|Greater control and accuracy||High risk of backlash|
|Durability - cast heavier lures and lines||Takes time to learn|
|Catch heavier fish||Wears out lighter lines|
If you’re looking for a more advanced reel which will help you land a heavy fish, then a baitcasting reel is your weapon of choice.
All in all, it really depends on you as an angler and what you’re looking to get out of the reel. Spinners are beginner friendly, whilst baitcasters are slightly more complicated to operate but are great for catching bigger fish. Whatever reel you choose, we have plenty at Harris Sportsmail. Browse our range of baitcasting reels and spinning reels.