At a Glance: Casting Reels

Casting reels, or baitcaster reels, are fishing reels mounted to the top of casting rods and feature revolving spools that feed line off and wind it back on straight from the rod guides. The straight feed avoids any line twist inherent with spinning reels and allows for greater casting distances for moderate to heavy baits. Internal gears determine the speed at which the spool retrieves line and typically features a levelwind system to lay the line onto the spool evenly. A wide variety of gear ratios are available, dependent on how fast of a lure retrieve is desired. Baitcasting reels feature a braking system that controls the speed at which the spool feeds line off. When set correctly, the brake will give the angler line control during the cast to avoid the spool from spinning too quickly, creating the “bird’s nest” that so many anglers fear, and will take valuable fishing time to untangle. Drag systems tend to be smooth as a result of the revolving spool and can be affected by the quality of the bearings. The number of bearings included in baitcast fishing reels does not always determine the performance, as the quality of the bearings is more important. Casting reels are well suited for heavy fishing lines as well as for throwing heavy baits, due to the revolving spool. Improvements in technology have allowed casting reels to become better for use with light lines and lightweight terminal tackle, much like spinning tackle has been. Casting reels are very popular with bass, musky and striper anglers. When set up well, these reels can be adapted to many tactics and species, for both freshwater and saltwater.

Popular brands of casting reels available at FishUSA include Shimano, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, Daiwa, Lew's, and more.

Casting Reels: Precision and Power for the Avid Angler

Casting reels, favored by seasoned anglers for their ability to handle heavier lines and lures, provide the precision needed for specific casting techniques and lure presentations. Whether you're targeting tight cover, working structure, or casting long distances, our baitcasting reels deliver the performance and reliability required to place your lure exactly where it needs to be, with the finesse and power to bring your catch to hand.

Our collection features a wide range of casting reels, from the compact and lightweight models ideal for finesse applications to the heavy-duty reels built for battling the biggest gamefish. Key features include adjustable braking systems for managing cast control, high-quality bearings for smooth retrieves, and gear ratios tailored to a variety of fishing techniques and scenarios.

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The durability of our baitcast reels is unmatched, with corrosion-resistant components and rugged construction that stands up to the challenges of both freshwater and saltwater environments. Ergonomic designs ensure comfort during long days on the water, while innovative drag systems provide the stopping power needed to subdue hard-fighting fish.

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At FishUSA, we understand that every angler's needs are unique, which is why our selection of fishing reels includes options for every skill level and fishing style. From the latest in reel technology to the tried-and-true classics, our collection is curated from the top brands in the industry, ensuring that you're equipped with gear that's been tested and proven on waters around the world.