What Size Reel is Best for Bass Fishing?

what size reel for bass fishing

Although there is a whole range of reel sizes, five sizes are most suitable for bass fishing. Each reel size has pros and cons and questions to ask yourself before making the final choice.

What reel sizes are suitable for bass fishing?

The sizes of reels are referred to in one of two ways. Some manufacturers use four digits to indicate the sizes, and others use two digits. Reels most suitable for bass fishing give you five options:

1000 (10), 2000 (20), 25000 (25), 3000 (30), 3500 (35), with the lowest number being the lightest, most compact reels, and the higher numbers indicating heavier, bulkier reels.

What should I consider when choosing a reel for bass fishing?

Imagine a golfer who rocks up at the club with only a driver and a putter. He will be able to play a round of golf, but it will be a considerable challenge. Similarly, you will catch fish with any size reel, but you will be significantly more successful if you match the reel size to the anticipated size of bass you want to pull in. Another consideration is the size and strength of the angler’s hands and arms — for obvious reasons. Remember, the one you hook will not come to you mildly. The bigger your bass, the fiercer the fight will be.

What are the pros and cons of the different reel sizes?

1000 (10) — You can use the 1000 reel for bass fishing. It’s light and sensitive and allows the angler more control without causing wrist stress. However, smaller spool capacity means a narrower spool, increasing line tangle chances.

2000 (20) and 2500 (25) — These reels are similar and often confused. Both sizes of reels are versatile and easier to control. They are not heavy enough to cause wrist problems. Furthermore, their spools are wider and therefore not likely to tangle. They are not as sensitive as the 1000 size reel.

3000 (30) — This is the size if you want your reel to allow you to cast further. The wider spool makes your reel and line smoother, while it will also prevent tangling. One negative is that it’s bulk might make it difficult to handle for anglers with smaller hands. The same is true for the 3500 size reel.

3500 (35) — Although this reel is large and may be difficult to handle by anglers with smaller hands, it can be used on a 10-feet rod. Furthermore, it’s a good choice for when you’re trolling big fish like bass on a lake. It will allow further casting and faster reeling in.

Do not lose sight of the injury risks posed by hours of physical exertion of handling a heavy rod and reel, not to mention hoisting the big one for a photo of your proud moment.

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