Fishing Reels

different types of fishing reels

The Different Types of Fishing Reels Explained

Anyone new to fishing may have a hard time trying to figure out what all of the different types of fishing reels are designed for. Even those that have more experience may not have used all of the different reels before, so this guide will help you understand the different types of fishing reels available,…

Why do Spinning Reels have Reverse

Why do Spinning Reels have Reverse?

You may have experienced a reverse functionality on a spinning reel and wondered what it was for and when to use it. In this article, I will exactly what this feature is and when it should be used. I am also going to mention now, that the anti-reverse system is certainly not essential to have…

what causes wind knots in spinning reels

What Causes Wind Knots in Spinning Reels

Getting wind knots and line tangles on your spinning reel is an unfortunate reality of fishing, especially when using braided lines. But there are ways to reduce the number of tangles you get. Understanding what causes the wind knots on your spinning reel is the first step, and then using the effective solutions detailed below…

why put backing line on a spinning reel

Why Put Backing Line on a Spinning Reel?

You’ve just bought a brand new spinning reel, and you’re just about to spool it with line. But wait! You’ve just read that you need to add backing line onto your spool as well?  Why do you need backing line? What is backing line? How do I put it on my spinning reel? All these…

spinning reel sizes

GUIDE – How to Choose the Right Size Spinning Reel

We’ve all been there at some stage in our fishing lives. We decide we want to buy a lovely new spinning reel, only to get to the store and become overwhelmed with the multitude of size variations on offer! Deciding what size spinning reel you need can be a bit of a challenge for some,…

best surf fishing reels

Best Surf Fishing Reels

Having the right reel when surf fishing can make a huge difference to your results, more so than many other types of fishing. I have listed some of the best surf fishing reels currently available and have given you a rundown of what you can expect from each one. There is a good variety of…

best inline ice fishing reels

Best Inline Ice Fishing Reels

Winter is coming! It’s time to put the summer fishing gear away for a few months and get yourself ready for some hardcore ice fishing. In this article I have compiled some of the best inline ice fishing reels currently available, so you can continue your fishing as soon as the thick ice comes. Here…

shimano vanford spinning reel review

Shimano Vanford Spinning Reel Review

To say that the Shimano Vanford has big boots to fill is an understatement. The Stradic Ci4+ had been such a hit with anglers around the world for many years, so it was a bold move by Shimano to completely remove it from their range of spinning reels. I personally like the way Shimano design…

best rod and reel combos

Best Rod and Reels Combos (Baitcaster and Spinning)

Buying a rod and reel combo is an excellent option if you’re not sure what your best pairings are yourself. There are some excellent combos to be had these days, with the big brands all having a wide choice of both baitcaster and spinning combos available. Sometimes you will get a better deal when buying…

shimano stradic ci4+

Shimano Stradic Ci4+ FB – Buyers Guide

One of the best spinning reels I have ever used is the latest Shimano Stradic Ci4+ FB. I personally have the 2500 model and I find it perfect for flicking soft plastics and small vibe lures. This latest version includes numerous improvements to previous versions, so if you have enjoyed past models of the Stradic…

Penn Slammer 3 review

Penn Slammer 3 Spinning Reel Review

The 3rd generation of the Penn Slammer reel was introduced in 2016, and since its introduction, it has become the flagship of the Penn spinning reel range. It has been widely used by anglers all over the world, and is also a favorite choice for fishing charter captains to use as their go-to reel due…

baitcaster reel sizes

Baitcaster Reel Sizes Explained

Having predominantly used spinning reels all of my fishing life, I find it second nature to be able to understand the various sizes and what each size is best used for. But when I was researching a baitcaster reel to buy, I have to admit that I found it a lot more confusing to understand…