Need advice on how to choose a spinning rod and reel?
As I said before, to a BassHole, a fishing rod is a magic wand.
You’ve thought about it long and hard, done some of your own research, and decided you want the ease of starting out with a nice spinning rod and reel combo.
Why a spinning rod?
- Bass Pro Fishers might use baitcast rods (harder to master), but they ALSO use spinning gear, so why not start with that?
- Spinning reels cast farther.
- Spinning reels can use lighter lines and lighter lures.
- Spinning outfits are typically easier on the budget.
- You do almost everything with a spinning rod you can do with a baitcasting rod.
- You can learn to cast a spinning rod and reel in about 5 minutes!
- As your casting skills improve, your spinning rod and reel will still support you.
I’ve already discussed the variables, options, and characteristics in my earlier post:
So let’s get right to it!
Shakespeare is a great company which produces inexpensive equipment. I love their objective: “Make fishing easy and enjoyable.” I would add affordable!
I recommend a 6 1/2 foot or 7 foot medium weight spinning rod (I use a Shakespeare 7 foot medium weight Ugly Stik as one of my three primary rods). A spinning reel is easy to cast, and this setup will last you a very long time. The length of the rod is, at this point, personal preference. I prefer 7 foot because a longer rod will cast a longer distance. And I’m pretty comfortable with my accuracy.
A spinning rod requires a spinning reel, and while Shakespeare does make spinning reels (see the combo below), I have two reels that I prefer over the Shakespeare. My reels are are higher quality, so they are a tick pricier than the Shakespeare models. I like my choices because they are more durable and will last longer than the entry price models. Here are what I use:
Price: $59.50 (price is for size above)
The Pflueger company is an old and respected manufacturer of fishing reels. They produce a high quality product that sells at a modest price. I was told by my fellow BassHoles at BassPro Shops this reel is the most requested reel in their lineup. I joined the line and have NOT been disappointed!
I bought 2 Shimano reels before the opening of my local Bass Pro Shop. They were recommended by the fisherman who was helping me, and he said he used the same reel himself all year long (including ice fishing).
At first I found the reels to stick and jam, even though they have plenty of shielded stainless steel ball bearings. Fellow BassHoles at BassPro fixed me up with Ardent Reel Butter grease, oil, and lube, and now they as good as new (maybe better)!
I first learned of Shimano products when I was bicycling. Shimano products were high quality and affordable, and that translates to their fishing products as well. Their founder, Shozaburo Shimano, declared in 1921, “I aim to make Shimano’s products the best in Kansai, then the best in Japan, and finally the best in the world.” That spirit continues to guide the Shimano company.
Spinning Rod & Reel Combo
Here’s a nice, low-cost combo (though I prefer to buy each item separately, Shakespeare is an excellent brand, and I use a 7 foot Ugly Stick myself, and have used Shakespeare reels in the past, so I have no worries recommending this combo for the budget conscious Bass-Hole).
With a combo like this, the rod will last you virtually forever (or until you break it!). The reel will wear out first, and by that time you can decide to upgrade to a more durable reel.
Final Thought: Get A Spinning Rod & Reel!
You really can’t go wrong with a spinning rod and reel. Even if you are hoping to become a professional bass angler, you will still need spinning gear!
So why not start out with what works, is easy to use, and will catch you BIG BASS?