How do I get the most deep sea fishing reel for my money? How do I pick the right one?

How do I get the most deep sea fishing reel for my money? How do I pick the right one?

The term “deep sea fishing” has many different meanings. It can refer to finding a coral reef, wreck or other natural structure in the water and anchoring your boat over it in an attempt to catch the bottom dwelling fish that typically inhabit these areas. For this type of fishing you need two things from your reel. First it needs to be large enough to hold two hundred yards of heavy duty line. Secondly it needs to have a high enough gear ratio to generate the required power in tandem with your rod to bring the fish off the bottom once they are hooked. Once hooked a fish in these situations will inevitably try to hide within the very structure you are fishing. A high power reel in tandem with a heavy duty rod are required to pull the fish away from the structure and alleviating undue stress to your line that may cause a break off. Another form of saltwater deep sea fishing is trolling for species like Wahoo, Dolphin and King Mackerel. These fish all are very prolific swimmers that can strip off well over a hundred yards of line in a matter of seconds. For these fish it is absolutely imperative that you employ a reel that has a very high quality drag system. Drag is important because you want to put enough pressure on a fish to tire it out but not enough pressure to cause the line to break. This is why a well oiled functioning drag system is critical when fishing in this manner.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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