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Freshwater Baitcasting Reels & Spincasting Reels

Are you ready to step up your fishing game from local brook trout and creek chubs? A freshwater baitcasting reel from TackleDirect gives you the power to pursue catfish, striper and even white sturgeon. Favored by tournament anglers as well as by serious fishermen going after bigger freshwater species, baitcasting reels are ideal for casting larger lures and baits great distances. They have the substance and smooth drag to stand up to gut-wrenching runs that big fish will make. Although they're a little harder to master than spinning reels, baitcasting reels have become much easier to use thanks to modern technology. As such, the time you invest into learning how to use a baitcasting reel will pay off big-time by putting more fish in your cooler.

At TackleDirect, you'll find hundreds of freshwater baitcasting reels from leading manufacturers like Shimano, Abu Garcia and Quantum. Because these reels can toss heavier lures and baits and handle bigger fish, many of them are also appropriate for inshore saltwater fishing. That means you can get even more out of these crossover reels whether you're fishing for largemouth in your local lake or for gray snapper, sheepshead and tarpon in the Florida mangroves.

Baitcasting Reels

TackleDirect carries freshwater baitcasting reels for righties and lefties from leading manufacturers such as Shimano, Abu Garcia, Daiwa and Quantum. You'll also find a big range of prices and features in our baitcasting reels, making them suitable for any budget and practically any freshwater species. In fact, many of the baitcasting reels we offer are beefy enough to handle saltwater species like redfish, speckled seatrout and snook as well as freshwater species like largemouth bass, walleye and musky.

You can pick from many gear ratios ranging from 2.0:1 to 7.9:1 to tailor your reel to the kind of fishing you do. The slower retrieve and higher torque of the lower ratios make them appropriate for bigger fish and soaking baits, while the speedier retrieves are perfect for species where you want to attract strikes by moving a lure fast through or on top of the water. If you want a baitcaster for all-purpose fishing, choose one with a gear ratio in the middle.

Spincasting Reels

Going long on your cast is even easier when you're spincasting. Maybe you learned to cast when you were a kid with a spincasting reel, or maybe you have taught your own children to fish with such an outfit. At TackleDirect, we offer spincast reels that are very grown-up so you can continue to enjoy the ease of this fishing method. Operated with push-button ease, they combine the strengths of spinning and baitcasting reels. This makes them an ideal compromise for those who want the distance and power of a baitcasting reel but don't want the hassles of backlashes and bird's nests.

Find the best baitcasting reel for reaching the big game by shopping at TackleDirect. We have an unmatched selection and will never leave you feeling like you've been baited. Call us six days a week for expert advice.

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