There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a spinning reel, but I will discuss the important specifications of a spinning reel to consider on your next purchase. Then after that I will show you the best spinning reels in the market for your budget. We will make sure you will get the best value for money you can.
Reel Body and Weight – Reel bodies are often made with graphite or aluminum, sometimes a combination of both. Aluminum bodies are stronger compared to graphite bodies but graphite is lighter. Choosing whether strength or weight as priority depends solely on you, but when it comes to where you want to fish, graphite is the best choice for saltwater because of it’s anti-corrosion properties. Now, when it comes to weight of the reel, fatigue is the only thing you consider because the heavier your equipment, the more strain it puts on your hands. The less strain you have the longer you can fish.
- Reel gear ratio – This refers to the number of times the bail spins around the spool in one turn of the handle. For example the reel has a 6:1 gear ratio, it means the bail spins six times in one turn of the handle.
- Drag System– this is the component that is responsible for increasing or decreasing tension on the line when the fish are fighting.
- Ball Bearings – most spinning reels have bearings inside the body. The more bearings inside the smoother the performance. You would want to choose a reel that has the most bearings within your budget. The recommended number of bearing is at least 4 ball bearings.
- Anti-Reverse Switch – an anti-reverse function prevents the reel from going backwards to prevent your line from tangling. Having an anti-reverse switch can help you switch to anti-reverse mode when the fish are fighting.
Now that just about covers the specifications, let’s move on now to some of the best reels in the market today.
The Penn Spinfisher VI is made of anodized aluminum; remember when I said graphite is the best choice for saltwater fishing because of its anti-corrosion properties? Well, anodized aluminum is also anti-corrosive. The full metal body gives you the strength you need. The Penn Spinfisher also has six ball bearings inside the body giving you that smooth performance you want in a reel. It also has a 6.2:1 gear ratio. The drag system has a maximum of 40 lbs, making it perfect for saltwater fishing. The only downside to this reel is the weight of it weighs 409g.
The Daiwa BG Spinning reel is great for freshwater fishing. It is made of aluminum and is surprisingly lightweight. The Daiwa BG Spinning reel weighs just 240 grams. It has a gear ratio of 6:1 and seven bearings in the body. It also has a maximum of 33 lbs drag system and an anti-reverse switch, so it is perfect for fighting big freshwater fish.
The Plueger President Spinning Reel’s body is made of graphite so it is lightweight. Weighing only 167g, giving you less strain compared to the first two spinning reels. The Pflueger also has 10 bearing system for a retrieval smooth as silk. It has a maximum 24 lbs maximum drag. This rod is best for fighting big freshwater fish and medium size saltwater fish. And if you’re also on a budget this is the rod for you.