They say a fisher is as good as their fishing equipment. If you have an experience in fishing, you know that sometimes it’s not all about luck, it’s more about preparedness. Preparedness in the sense that “Are you really prepared to catch a 10-Pounder?” Most of the times fishers find themselves losing big time opportunities of catching some fish,just because they went fishing with their Grandpa’s 70-year-old Fishing Rod. I mean, how do you even expect such an old reel to pull up the weight of an eight-pound Catfish? Get serious and start sourcing for the best Ultralight Spinning reels in the market- if you want to do something meaningful.
Let’s examine what constitutes a full fishing gear set. First, you need a Fishing rod, secondly a fishing line, then some hooks and finally a spinning reel. Unless you are using a hand line fishing kit(which is more tedious by the way), you will need a spinning reel most definitely. Funny enough, spinning reels are the most disappointing of parts during fishing. Why? Because they are the only moving part in the whole fishing setup. The steel rod might be strong enough to pull out even a whale and the hooks might do their job perfectly, but if the spinning reel keeps on jamming, you might as well dive into the water and catch the fish by hand, because sooner or later you will still lose the catch.
► What to check when buying a Spinning Reel
For this reason, it’s important to consider several factors while shopping for a spinning reel. Here are basic highlights of a few key factors to close-examine in a reel before purchasing it.
Reel Housing Material: The Material that the spinning reel is made of pretty much determines its durability as well as the amount of strain it inflicts on the user. Most reels are made of aluminum or graphite. Spinning reels made of aluminum are way stronger than those made of graphite. However, they tend to be heavier and also corrode easily if used in Saltwater. A wise decision here would be to buy a reel that is made from a combination of the two. Even so, the choice belongs to the consumer.
The Reel’s Gear Ratio: The Gear ratio determines the distance which the fishing line moves with a single turn of the reel’s handle. Of course, you want a reel that allows you to pull a big fish in a few turns. The problem is that- the fewer the turns the more the strain and the higher the likelihood for the ball to jam along the spool. There are three major sets of spinning reels with respect to this factor. The slowest reel has a 4:1 gear ratio, while the medium one has a 5:1 gear ratio. Finally, you have the fastest reel with a 6:1 ratio. If you have the cash to buy all the three reels, it’s recommendable that you do so. However, if you can only afford one of these three, then it’s advisable to go for the medium 5:1 gear ratio reel.
The Spool: The Spool should be flat and wide so as to facilitate a lengthier cast. Spools come in two major designs. There is the internal or covered Spool and the Skirted spool. Internal spools come with a lot of tangling problems and you definitely should go for the skirted ones. You should also pick the spool with an elongated design since they have reduced line friction and line twisting is minimal.
► Short description of best Spinning reels we found worth buying
→ Piscifun Destroyer Spinning Reel: This reel is a unique one since it’s made of stainless steel ball bearings, which are kind of a new thing in the market. The rotary system is well timed and the gears are remarkably silent. Although this product might be a bit heavier than the graphite reels in the market, the stainless steel build means that it is far much sturdier and durable than its graphite competitors. Piscifun also made sure that they included a carbon fiber drag in the reel, which collaborates with the stainless steel mechanism in warranting a corrosion free reel. The gear ratio is 5:1 meaning you won’t get that much of a strain while pulling out a 6kg fish.
→ Goture Spinning Fishing Reel : This Spinning reel is all about reducing the fisher’s strain. Its aluminum build makes it sturdy and durable. You also get a more ergonomic feel around the handle with a touch of some glossy paint. The handle is made of rubber whereas all other parts are made of an aluminum- graphite combination for added solidity. However, what’s impressive in this reel is the entire fishing mechanism. It features a one-way clutch instant anti-reverse bearing which prevents the fish from rocking its way out the fishing line. The graphite helps keep this reel – light and comfortable.
→ Piscifun Starry Spinning Reel: This Reel is equipped with a carbon fiber drag system which ensures a seamless pull. The additional carbon handle helps reduce the strain on your end and is also ergonomically designed. I like the fact that the designers built this reel in full aluminum and fitted a slow line lay oscillation system on it. This oscillation system is made in such a way that you can use different types of lines on it. The carbon drag system is meant to increase precision and help you get a longer cast. This reel also has a standard 5:1 gear ratio.
→ Daiwa Underspin-XD Series: This is actually one of the easiest reels to use. It comes with a trigger controlled mechanism. Although it has a lower gear ratio of 4:1, its light in weight as it weighs only 5.5 oz. The designers also built this product from a rigid aluminum alloy and the gears are made of titanium Nitride.
The titanium build ensures that the reel remains light and corrosion free. The elongated design also helps with getting a longer cast and preventing line twisting. The smooth ball bearing drive helps in maintaining a consistent pull.