method, commonly used with bait-casting reels. I’m sure given my penchant for some shiny new gear, I might jump on the bandwagon at some point, but for now I’m happy with a fixed-spool, in either a 1000 or 2500 size. Choice is a matter of personal preference, but it’s best to go for one that balances your chosen rod, and I have never had any problem with Daiwa or Shimano reels.
Once you have chosen your reel, the next step is to load it with fine diameter braid. I use braid for all of my lure fishing, as the zero stretch provides much better ‘feel’ and ‘feedback’, better hook-up ratios, and the fine diameter for its breaking strain helps to achieve better casting. A breaking strain of around 8 lb is a good choice for most situations.
There are some amazing braids available, but many are mega-expensive Japanese imports, setting you back nearly as much as your reel. While I definitely wouldn’t recommend scrimping on braid, there are some good, cheaper alternatives that are readily available. Daiwa J-Braid is a cost-effective and reliable 8-strand option that has never let me down.
The smile says it all - my love of lure fishing has led to some impressive catches, such as this pike.