Reel Speed
With all the talk this year at the 2019 I-Cast on 10 to 1 reels and how your fishing will improve I thought I would give you my thoughts on how reel speed really affects you in bass fishing.

A 10 to 1 reel is a reel gathering 42 inches of line in one turn of the handle. Is this really a benefit or not? To clarify, first what reel speed means on a 10 to 1 reel is easy. Every time you turn the handle once, the spool rotates 10 times gathering about 42 inches of line in one turn. That is lightning speed when gathering line. The question is, do you really need this type of speed, and if so, when is it beneficial for you to have a reel this fast on your boat? It also should be noted that reel speed has a lot to do with how much line you have on your set-up. If the spool is not full it affects the reel speed, so understanding whether you’re fully lined is important.
Let’s start with the benefit of this 10 to 1 speed. If you’re in a situation that you must gather up your line fast, like a bass coming at you with your worm in its mouth, the speed is important. A frog bite that explodes up through grass and forces you to set the hook quickly may not be as important, or could hurt your catching ability when frog fishing.
Let’s explain: many times a fish will hit a worm or swim bait coming at you, and you won’t feel the bite. This forces you to gather line quickly to catch the fish; on the other hand, a frog explosion requires some patience and a quick hook-set because of a high-speed reel may cause you to lose the fish by pulling it out of its mouth. It’s also true that if your spool is, say, lined only about halfway full, then you are reducing the speed of the line being gathered by the one turn of the handle; this is especially noticeable with spinning reels. The truth is, the fully lined spool is wider and has more line to gather, so its speed is more definable. Reel speed can hurt you or not, so you have to be the judge.

Captain Mike

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