But, what does it mean when tackle is “balanced” and how does one balance their tackle? This guide from Intracoastal Angler tackle shop in Wilmington NC will help shed some light on the topic.
About Rods and Reels
Rods come available as either spin-cast or spinning. Which one you buy dictates which type of reel you’ll want to use and this tandem, be them matching or not, will impact your desired results. You can identify a spin-cast rod by the hook near its handle. This hook is where you place your index finger when casting. A spinning rod has no such finger rest. Another key difference between the two rods is that spinning reels hang along the bottom of the rod while spin-cast reels sit along the top of the rod. As a result, using the right reel with the right rod is your first step in balancing your tackle.
Every reel is designed to accommodate a certain length and weight of line. Manufacturers make it easy to discern this information because they use a number system that’s imprinted on the reel’s spool. For instance, a reel may accommodate 200 yards of 6-lb test line, but increase the test line to 10-lbs and its length limit drops to 120 yards. Having an idea of what type of fish you’re fishing for dictates what pound test line you should use and how much line your reel can hold.
Reading the Rod Blank
Many rod manufacturers post a lot of useful information on their rod blanks and fishermen can use these guides to help ensure they’re working with balanced tackle. For instance, some manufacturers even go so far as to detail what type of fishing the rod is designed for and in some cases, exactly which type of lures or baits best fit the rod’s design.
Need More Help? Visit Your Local Tackle Shop in Wilmington NC
If you want to learn more about balancing your tackle or you want to pick up some much needed lures or even a new rig, Intracoastal Angler has everything you need to help make your next fishing trip a success. We’re more than a local bait and tackle shop in Wilmington NC. We offer up-to-the-minute weather reports and fishing tips online for free and our experts will tell you what's biting and where. Stay current with local insight on great coastal fishing with our Fishing Report and visit our tackle shop today in Wilmington NC. For more information, just give us a call at 910-392-3500.