What Are The Best Types Of Fishing Reels For Offshore Fishing?

When you decide to go on an offshore fishing trip, you have to choose between two main types of fishing reels. At Captain's Marine Supply, we have a range of conventional and spinning reels for saltwater and freshwater fishing. 

Here, we explain the differences between conventional and spinning reels to help you shop for fishing reels online. We also give recommendations for our favorite fishing reels in each category. So without further ado, let's get started.

Conventional Fishing Reels

The primary difference between a conventional fishing reel and a spinning fishing reel is how the spool faces. In the conventional fishing reel, the spool is placed perpendicularly to the rod. Conventional fishing reels offer high lifting power, making them better for catching heavy fish. You can also tighten the drag on a conventional fishing reel, making it easier to pull big fish.

The disadvantage is that throwing a lure far with a conventional reel is much harder than a spinning reel, especially a lightweight lure. Conventional reels are also harder to use for beginners. However, using a high-quality conventional fishing reel can make a big difference.

We recommend the Okuma Makaira MK-50WII 2-Speed Lever Drag Reel GOLD. Every aspect of this high-performance fishing reel is designed to meet the needs of big game fishing.

Spinning Fishing Reels

In a spinning fishing reel, the spool is placed parallel to the rod right below it. The spool itself doesn't move in a spinning fishing reel. Instead, the bail wraps the line around the spool as you turn the handle. A fixed spool makes it easy to throw the lure. You can always throw a lightweight lure farther with a spinning reel than with a conventional reel. This makes a spinning fishing reel better for people just learning to cast.

However, a spinning fishing reel can't match the lifting power of a conventional fishing reel. Also, you have to be careful never to turn the handle when the line is going off with the drag. If you do that, you will end up with wraps and tangles on your line. So, spinning fishing reels are good when you want to throw farther, but they can't catch big fish easily.

Our favorite spinning fishing reel is the Okuma Cedros 10000H-Size Spinning Reel. It also has a 14000H version. This spinning reel is made with Okuma's LITECAST construction design, making it lighter and easier to use while still delivering the strength and durability you'd expect from an Okuma design.


Person using a spinning fishing reel

Shop For Fishing Reels Online at Captain's Marine Supply

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