How to Choose a Spinning Fishing Reel for Under $100 | BoatUS

How to Choose a Spinning Fishing Reel for Under $100 | BoatUS


Hi! I’m Charles Fort, Associate Editor at BoatUS
Magazine. I’m here with Lenny Rudow, Fishing Editor,
BoatUS Magazine. Lenny has just helped me find and buy my first
fishing rod for under $100. And if you haven’t seen the video yet, you
should. Now, Lenny, I also want to get a reel for
under $100, so what’s my next step? OK, so this is a spinning rod, so you’re looking
at spinning reels. But the first thing I need to point out is,
$100 budget for a nice spinning reel is, eh, it’s a tight budget. You can get a competent reel, but you shouldn’t
expect to get the very best one on the market. So, let’s look at a few of the things that
will give you an inkling of the quality of a reel. First just pick it up and hold it and give
the handle a spin. You may or may not feel the reel wobbling. OK, that’s called “rotor wobble,” and that
gives you an idea of how well the reel is balanced. The next thing you might want to check for
is how smooth the bail is. Flip it back, and reel it closed. Flip it back. Reel it closed. Several times, and you’ll just get some kind
of idea for how smoothly these pieces and parts all work together. Another test I like to do is to spin the drag. Now, obviously smoother is better, so just
give it a turn, see if it feels smooth as it goes around. And in some cases, reels like this Baitrunner
here have a secondary drag on the back, so you’ll want to feel for that, too. You know, Lenny, I think I like this one best. Wait a minute! We’ve got to cover one more detail, Charles. We also want to look for the anti-reverse
system. Right? You want to know how quickly this reel stops
you from spinning backwards. That’s very important because if there’s any
play in that system, over time it will get worse and worse and worse. This one feels really tight to me. OK, good, so that one’s your favorite? That’s my favorite. Well, there’s one more really important thing
we’ve got to do. What’s that? We need to mount this reel on the rod, because,
don’t forget, all of these reels come in different sizes. Right. So let’s make sure we’ve got the right size
in our hand for this rod. And of course often it says on the rod and
on the reel, it gives numeric explanations. This is a 2500. This may or may not say it, but you always
want to try it for yourself. These numbers vary from manufacturer to manufacturer,
so you want to give it a feel. Let’s see what that feels like. Yeah! You know, I think this is the one I want. Excellent! Well, our work here is done. One thing I do want to make sure you’re aware
of, Charles: Don’t forget to rinse this reel off thoroughly with freshwater after every
trip in salt or brackish water. So if I take care of this reel it will last
my lifetime? Well, that’s a little bit of a stretch. You have to remember that you’re working at
$100 budget. You’re not gonna get the best corrosion resistance
in the world. If you take care of that reel and you get
five years out of it, you should be happy. Maybe if you doubled your budget, you can
count on more like a decade. Got it. That makes sense. We hope you folks have found this video helpful,
and we hope you’ll leave your comments in the box below. We have a lot more videos coming out, so don’t
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