There are a number of things the prospective reel buyer looks at before laying out his hard earned cash on a spinning reel.
Typically, number of ball bearings are one of the issues, while line retrieval speed is another.
I find the latter puzzling.
In my early days, the more features a reel possessed, the more I wanted to possess the reel.
I’ve grown up a bit 🙂
I still drool when I see a Shimano Stella. This is a reel I’d love to own.
But in all honesty, a good reel doesn’t necessarily have all sorts of bells and whistles.
In fact, I wonder what the haste is.
I wonder why fast line retrieval rate is such a huge issue.
One of the most important aspects of fishing, even in lure fishing, is to be patient. You shouldn’t be in a rush to cast and retrieve.
Granted, there are times when the leerie want to chase something really fast, but in many cases, slower is better.
For instance, if you’re casting a bucktail jighead, you don’t want to reel the thing in at lightning speed.
You want to give it a nice bounce action, and sometimes keep it on the crawl-speed side. This is especially true if you’re hunting for dusky kob.
Kob often take bait that’s dragged at snail pace across the sand.
So how on earth does a spinning reel with a fast retrieval rate help you make the most of your retrieval?
It hampers common sense fishing.
But is there a reel out there with a common sense retrieval rate?
Let’s see if we can find something that offers a line retrieval rate worth drooling over.
Remember, we’re not looking for speed. We’re looking for something slow.
Here are a number of top quality saltwater spinning reels. Let’s compare their line retrieval rates.
|REEL||MODEL||LINE CAPACITY||RETRIEVAL RATE|
|Okuma Coronado Saltwater Spinning Reel||CD-55A||15/240||30″ Per Turn|
|PENN Z Series Spinning Reel||704Z||30/465 (braid)||30″ Per Turn|
|Shimano Spheros Saltwater Spinning Reel||SP5000SW||20/245||31″ Per Turn|
|Quantum Smoke PTs Inshore Spinning Reel||SL30PTS||20/220 (braid)||31″ Per Turn|
|Quantum Cabo PT Spinning Reel||CP40PTSD/E||30/270 (braid)||33″ Per Turn|
|Quantum Boca PT Saltwater Spinning Reel||BSP40PTSD/E||30/270 (braid)||33″ Per Turn|
|PENN Spinfisher V Spinning Reel||SSV4500||20/280 (braid)||34″ Per Turn|
|Abu Garcia Orra 2 Inshore Spinning Reel||Orra 2||20/200 (braid)||35″ Per Turn|
|PENN Conflict Spinning Reel||CFT3000||20/180 (braid)||35″ Per Turn|
|Shimano Baitrunner OC Spinning Reel||BTR6000OC||30/245 (braid)||35″ Per Turn|
|Shimano Baitrunner D Offshore Spinning Reel – BTR8000D||BTR6000D||30/245 (braid)||35″ Per Turn|
|Offshore Angler Sea Lion Spinning Reel||SLS60||17/230||37.3″ Per Turn|
|PENN Torque Saltwater Spinning Reel||TRQS5-G||15/300||38″ Per Turn|
|Shimano Saragosa SW Spinning Reel||SRG5000SW||20/255 (braid)||38.2″ Per Turn|
|Daiwa Black Gold Series Spinning Reel – BG60||BG60||17/275||39.4″ Per Turn|
|Offshore Angler Frigate Spinning Reel||FG7000||17/225||39.5″ Per Turn|
|Offshore Angler Tightline Spinning Reel||TL7000||17/225||39.5″ Per Turn|
|Daiwa Isla Saltwater Spinning Reel||ISLA4000H||55/240 (braid)||39.9″ Per Turn|
|Shimano Ultegra CI4+ Surf Spinning Reel||ULCI45500XSB||30/360 (braid)||41″ Per Turn|
|Shimano Stella SW Spinning Reel||STL5000SWBXG||20/245 (braid)||41″ Per Turn|
So it seems there are reels out there with slow line retrieval rates.
It’s perhaps worth looking at buying a spinning reel that’s permanently in tortoise mode.
Sure, it takes more effort to land the fish, but even this is something you want to take care not to do too fast.
Any case, hope this article gives you something to chew on.
As always, tight lines!
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