Our Beginners Guide to Buying Fishing Gear….

 

Which Sea Fishing Reel?

Deciding which sea fishing reel you need will very much depend on which type of fishing you are planning to do and also which rod you have or are going to purchase.  A lightweight rod will obviously need a lightweight reel and likewise, a heavier duty rod will need a larger reel.  We do not stock hundreds of reels as the choice can be overwhelming.  Instead, we have a selection of lightweight rods, medium weight rods and heavier weight reels.  Please see the comparison tables below

Sea Fishing Reel Specifications explained…

Reel Types

Fixed Spool

(also called Spinning Reels)

The majority of the reels we stock are fixed spool reels.  This is because they are versatile reels that are easy to use for beginners and novices and are ideal for shore fishing.

These reels have a bail arm that is released allowing the line to flow freely from the fixed spool during casting.  When retrieving, the bail arm rotates winding the line back on to the fixed spool.

Multiplier

(also called Baitcasting Reels)

Multiplier reels have a revolving spool which can be disengaged to spin freely when casting.  The spool rotates multiple times when retrieving the line which is where the name multiplier originates.

Multiplier reels are not so easy to use for beginners or novices.

Gear Ratio

When comparing different reels, each reel has a different gear ratio such as 4.1:1 or 5.2:1

Put simply, these numbers let you know how many times the spool rotates for each turn of the handle – for example, 5.2:1 means that the spool rotates 5.2 times for each turn of the handle.

Front Drag / Rear Drag

The drag is the tension of the spool and can be adjusted to allow you to change how tightly or loosely the spool moves. The knob to adjust this tension is either positioned on the front of the reel or the rear,  hence the names Front Drag and Rear Drag.

Due to the way that rods are constructed, it is generally accepted that front drag reels tend to be smoother.

Bearings

The bearings inside the reel will determine how smoothly the reel operates. The more bearings the better.

Lightweight Fishing Reels

Suitable for light spinning and float fishing

REELS

Lightweight
  • Type
  • Drag (Clutch)
  • Gear Ratio
    The number of rotations the spool makes for each turn of the handle - for example, 5.2:1 means that the spool rotates 5.2 times for each turn of the handle.
  • Weight (g)
  • Ball Bearings
  • Pre Spooled with Line
  • Spare Spool
  • Suitability
  • Free Shipping
    For items sent via FedEx, there will be a charge for shipments to the Highlands and Islands. Royal Mail shipments are free of charge for the whole of the UK

ZEBCO

Atac II 130 FD
  • Fixed Spool
  • Front Drag (FD)
  • 5.2:1
  • 230g
  • 1
  • Light Spinning
    Kayak Fishing
    Float Fishing

ZEBCO

Atac FD 140
  • Fixed Spool
  • Front Drag (FD)
  • 5.1:1
  • 240g
  • 1
  • Light Spinning
    Kayak Fishing
    Float Fishing

WSB

IC Blu Multiplier
  • Multiplier
  • n/a
  • 5.4:1
  • 220g
  • 2
  • n/a
  • Light Spinning
    Kayak Fishing

Light / Medium Weight Fishing Reels

Suitable for light to medium spinning, float fishing and light bottom fishing

REELS

Light / Medium Weight
  • Type
  • Drag (Clutch)
  • Gear Ratio
    The number of rotations the spool makes for each turn of the handle - for example, 5.2:1 means that the spool rotates 5.2 times for each turn of the handle.
  • Weight (g)
  • Ball Bearings
  • Pre Spooled with Line
  • Spare Spool
  • Suitability



  • Free Shipping
    For items sent via FedEx, there will be a charge for shipments to the Highlands and Islands. Royal Mail shipments are free of charge for the whole of the UK

ZEBCO

Zcast FD 530
  • Fixed Spool
  • Front Drag (FD)
  • 5.1:1
  • 289g
  • 5
  • Light to Medium Spinning
    Kayak Fishing
    Float Fishing
    .

ZEBCO

Stinger 40
  • Fixed Spool
  • Front Drag (FD)
  • 4.3:1
  • 265g
  • 1
  • Light to Medium Spinning
    Kayak Fishing
    Float Fishing
    Light Boat Fishing

LINEAEFFE

Jade Vigor 030
  • Fixed Spool
  • Rear Drag (RD)
  • 5.2:1
  • 280g
  • 1
  • Light to Medium Spinning
    Kayak Fishing
    Float Fishing

LINEAEFFE

Drake RD 830
  • Fixed Spool
  • Rear Drag (RD)
  • 5.2:1
  • 300g
  • 8
  • Light to Medium Spinning
    Float Fishing
    Boat Fishing

Medium / Heavy Weight Fishing Reels

Suitable for medium or heavy spinning and bottom fishing

REELS

Medium / Heavy Weight
  • Type
  • Drag (Clutch)
  • Gear Ratio
    The number of rotations the spool makes for each turn of the handle - for example, 5.2:1 means that the spool rotates 5.2 times for each turn of the handle.
  • Weight (g)
  • Ball Bearings
  • Pre Spooled with Line
  • Spare Spool
  • Suitability



  • Free Shipping
    For items sent via FedEx, there will be a charge for shipments to the Highlands and Islands. Royal Mail shipments are free of charge for the whole of the UK

ZEBCO

Great White 450
  • Fixed Spool
  • Front Drag (FD)
  • 4.8:1
  • 375g
  • 4
  • Medium Spinning
    Float Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Boat Fishing

ZEBCO

Saltfisher Surf 370
  • Fixed Spool
  • Front Drag (FD)
  • 4.1:1
  • 640g
  • 3
  • Medium to Heavy Spinning
    Heavy Float Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Boat Fishing

LINEAEFFE

TS Shadow 640
  • Fixed Spool
  • Rear Drag (RD)
  • 5.2:1
  • 375g
  • 6
  • Medium Spinning
    Float Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Boat Fishing

QUANTUM

Torrent FD 360
  • Fixed Spool
  • Front Drag (FD)
  • 4.7:1
  • 395g
  • 3
  • Medium Spinning
    Float Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Boat Fishing