Baitcasting Fishing Reel

Baitcasting is the term used when you use a bait reel to cast a fishing rod. The baitcasting reel is called a multiplier wheel. The bait reel is located on the top of the rod, so the spool is parallel to the rod, not perpendicular. It rotates upside down to operate the crank when fishing or taking the rope.However, in practice, most anglers prefer to retrieve it by simply transferring the rod to the left hand, then winding the crank handle in reverse, keeping the spool on the top of the rod for casting and retrieval. These reels usually use complex star or lever drags to play huge saltwater game fish.

Baitcaster fishing reel

Bait caster reel parts:


Thumb Bars

Reel Foot

Spool Tensioner


Star Drag


How to fish with baitcaster reels?

Once the spool starts to move, the bait feeder feeds the bait as it travels through the air. When wind resistance, gravity, or water slows the bait, the spool will continue to feed at approximately the same speed as when the casting started. If the angler does not slow down the spool when the bait slows down, the result is that the line exceeds the limit, which is called recoil.

Spool tensioner on most modern bait fishing reels; it can be adjusted by adjustable spool tension, centrifugal brakes, or magnetic “casting control”.


This reduces the overrun of the valve core during the molding process, and reduces the resulting coil, namely recoil, commonly known as “bird’s nest” or “little bird”. This recoil is the result of the angular momentum of the spool and the wire, which does not exist in a fixed spool or a rotating reel. Every time you attach a different weight of the bait, you must adjust the projection controls for the weight difference.


The gear ratio of the reel describes how many revolutions of the reel when the handle is turned. It is usually quoted with numbers such as 6.1:1 or 8.0:1. The number to the left of the colon tells you how many revolutions the spool rotates per revolution. For example, a transmission ratio of 7.1:1 means that when you turn the handle once, the spool rotates 7.1 times. Any gear ratio higher than 7 is considered fast.


The fast scroll may be advantageous to pull a strong fish from the shelter before snatching it away. If you are not sure whether you need a super-fast reel, choose a gear ratio of about 7.0:1 because it is in the middle of the range.

Slow turntable with more torque, will be helpful when you fight against large and strong fish. Therefore, the large game reel has two gears: a high gear for catching bait and a low gear for fighting fish.


Baitcasting pros:



Lightweight and low-key

Can accommodate heavier threads

Higher distance control and accuracy

Longer actors

Powerful towing ability

Can handle heavier fish

Can handle heavier fishing lines and bait

Let you slow down the speed of the bait so that it will gently fall into the water without frightening nearby fish, which is important when flipping the bait.

You can maintain contact with the bait even when the reel is in a free release state, so the blow can be detected when releasing.

It has the necessary starting power for high resistance baits (such as Spinnerbaits and Crankbaits).

Compared with rotating reels of the same size, better equipment can cast heavier wires.