Baitcast reels can be difficult for beginners, but once mastered they give you great control when lure casting in rivers, estuaries, lakes and inshore. They allow extra precision via direct contact between the thumb and spool, allowing an angler to place a lure or bait exactly where they want. The thumb contact made possible by baitcaster reels also allows an angler to apply extra drag, for emergencies such as stopping big fish powering towards a snag. This extra ‘feel’ and control is a massive advantage in many situations.
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