THE REEL

Outdoor Life - - FISHING -

Bill Sie­man­tel is a vet­eran pro an­gler with an im­pres­sive tour­na­ment record, and his affin­ity for swim­baits dates back to the ’80s. When choos­ing a reel to prop­erly match a swim­bait rod, Sie­man­tel con­sid­ers sev­eral fac­tors. He says that gear ra­tio has a di­rect im­pact on lure re­trieval. Baits with­out re­sis­tance, such as pad­dle tails or glide baits, cre­ate less drag in the wa­ter and can be fished with a faster reel. Swim­baits with bills and more pull are bet­ter suited for a lower 5-to-1 gear ra­tio. Sie­man­tel says if you’re look­ing for one reel to com­ple­ment al­most any swim­bait rod, make sure it has a 6-to-1 gear ra­tio and a good drag you can lock down tight.

Bud­get $$$ Shi­mano Guide Tranx 500 $500; shi­mano.com $$ Daiwa Lexa 400HD $250; daiwa.com $ Abu Gar­cia Am­bas­sadeur S $70; abugar­cia.com

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