WHAT REEL?

Sea Angler (UK) - - SEA SCHOOL -

There are just two reels used in shore fish­ing – a mul­ti­plier and a fixed-spool.

For any novice tak­ing their first steps in shore fish­ing, a fixed-spool ver­sion will of­fer you has­sle-free sport, whereas a mul­ti­plier can be fast and dif­fi­cult to con­trol.

So get to grips with a fixed-spool with a front drag ini­tially (rear drag op­tions are mostly used in coarse fish­ing).

Again, opt to buy a bud­get reel that will match your rod. This means you can prac­tise your cast­ing tech­nique with­out suf­fer­ing any dreaded over­runs that will cer­tainly oc­cur if you go for a mul­ti­plier reel for the first time.

Of­ten, many tackle deal­ers will of­fer a combo op­tion where the rod and reel can be pur­chased for a fixed price. This is ideal, es­pe­cially if you’re fish­ing to a tight bud­get. Again, the tackle dealer can ad­vise you specif­i­cally on your re­quire­ments.

TOP TIP: Choose a fixed-spool reel with a front drag that can be tight­ened fully be­fore cast­ing.

Buy a bud­get reel to match your rod

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