Parts of Baitcasting Reel with Detailed Diagram

Baitcasting reels are the most convenient tool for professionals and are famous among anglers because of their extra control and advanced braking system. It reduces the efforts and performs well in case of the worst circumstances.

According to its reliability, durability, and smoothness in retrieving, we enjoy more time fishing. Commonly baitcaster reel is used for bass fishing, and expert anglers always prefer this over a spinning reel.

Parts of baitcasting reel

So, if you are interested in enjoying professional angling and want to save your time, firstly, you have to know about the features and principal components of a fishing reel.

Here are the 10 significant Parts of Baitcasting Reel

  • Reel foot(seat)
  • Spool
  • Brake
  • Thumb bar
  • Drag control
  • Spool tension knob
  • Reel handle
  • Pawl
  • Line guide
  • Gear ratio
  • Baitclicker

Labels Diagram of Baitcaster Reel

Reel foot or reel seat                                             

The baitcaster foot is the most common part of baitcasting reel and performs an essential role in fishing strategies. The foot is directly attached to the reel seat, and the seat has a firm grip on the rod. This perfect bond can make it possible to tackle against high pressure and torque at the time of casting, and similarly, it helps in retrieving.

Baitcasting foot placement has vital importance over spinning reel because of its order on top of the rod, whereas spinning reel is attached to the bottom of the rod. It is noticeable that the baitcasting reel is more reliable and precise as compared with the spinning reel.

The low-profile baitcasting reel does not include a real seat, and the machine is directly attached to the rod. This technique is also good but not efficient and robust enough to maintain precision.Anglers make sure and take it as a mandatory note to check the foot screw’s tightness before casting.


The spool is the middle part of baitcasting reel on where the fishing line is stored, but it is open from the upper side. The spool of baitcasting reel rotates itself and grasps more pressure than the spinning reel because of its stationary spool. Professionals always liked baicaster for its effortless rotation and ease to drag giant fishing.

The rotation of the spool depends on the weight of the lure. Basically, it is vital to have a grip on spool rotation during casting. The most common and challenging problem faced by anglers is backlash. It is caused by excessive unwinds of the fishing line until the lure reaches the depth of water.

Spool of baitcasting reel

For the newbies, make sure that the surface of the spool is clean and frictionless. Fishing line spooling attentively by giving spool tension. If it is not level up and sustained on the surface of the spool accurately. As a result, it can cause a severe problem called backlash.


It is a unique and essential part of the baitcasting fishing reel. It is designed to control and slow down the gyration of the spool throughout the casting. Mainly, there are two types of baitcaster braking system i-e magnetic brakes & centrifugal brakes.

Most of the models of baitcaster have both magnetic and centrifugal braking systems, but it is a little bit expensive.The brakes are adjusted on the side of the reel so that anglers can react and operate rapidly on time while hunting to avoid tangles in the fishing line (birdnest situation).

Brakes of baitcasting reel

Centrifugal brakes are regulated by opening the side of the reel body. So, it’s better to adjust it before casting. Applying more brakes on the reel can prevent backlash, but it affects the casting range.Magnetic brakes are easy to regulate by a dial on the side of the reel body. It’s easy to operate as compared to a centrifugal brake.

Thumb bar

A Thumb bar is just like a clutch. Pressing the thumb bar allows the fishing line to move out of the spool and cast your lure. It is similar to the trigger of a revolver.

It is one of the crucial part of a baitcaster. Thumb bar work as a lock on spool rotation. After applied pressure on it,  the spool starts to rotate rapidly. In this way, anglers have control to slow or quick releases of the fishing line during casting.

The wonderful thing about the thumb bar is its position which is well designed and easy to use for hunters.

Drag control

Drag control is the main part of baitcaster . It is used to adjust the tension on the fishing reel. Its located on the right side of the reel next to the handle. It is indispensable to regulate the pressure in fishing lines when anglers fight and retrieve the extensive and robust fish to drag out of the water.

It is just like a star-shaped knob between the handle and reel body structure. Anglers adjust it by the turns of the drag wheel as quickly as possible while retrieving the big bass.

If it is loose, the problem facing by the hunter is that the caught fish could have easy access to free herself from the lure. Similarly, In the case of too tight of line, there is also a chance that the fishing line could break itself during retrieving due to fish jerks.

For newbies, it’s necessary to learn the limit or set of tension to adjust the drag control. It is another technique to prevent backlash and reduces time.

Spool tension knob

It is another way to avoid backlash. Spool tension is round in shape, and it locates on the same side of star drag. Like the centrifugal and magnetics brakes, it also controls the gyrations of the spool and allows the fishing line to move quickly and slowly. Its work is to slow down the rotations of spool throughout the casting.

The lure of different weights works differently with spool tension. You have to adjust the spool tension whenever you change your bait for every cast.

Handle of baitcasting reel

For beginners, we have to regulate the brakes first and then move to the adjustments of the spool tension knob. Anglers recommend that beginners should attach the heavyweights of the lure or sinker for testing the spool tension before casting. In this way, they can adjust as they feel necessary. It’s crucial to remind you to continue your best practice on thumb control. In this way, you have the best authority on your thumb to slow down and resist the flow of the fishing line off the spool.

When the lure hits the water ground, make sure that we stop or firm control on sool to stop pulling the fishing line off it. It’s necessary to avoid backlash and enjoy our fishing.

Reel handle

The reel handle is a prominent part of the baitcaster and plays a vital role in retrieving the fish. It has two knobs as compared to a spinning reel. The Handel of baitcaster is large and has an easy grip during casting.

The placement of baitcaster is on the top of the rod because of its lightweight. Its large handle with a wide knob is comfortable, and anglers can rotate it easily by thumb or forefinger. Anglers turn the reel handle to pull the fishing line back with caught fish from the water.

parts of baitcaster reel

Similar to the reel body, reel handels are made of the same material. The quality of Handel varies from material to material used in the construction of the reel body. For example, handles of aluminum material are more comfortable and robust enough for holding it for a long time.


Pawl is another moving part of the baitcasting reel. It is like a long gear and turns to rotate the line guide in to and fro motion and is locates just below the line guide. Pawl makes sure that the line evenly settles down over the spool. The reel will not work and perform appropriately without a pawl.

Line guide

The line guide is a little section located in front of the reel. It controls the movement of the fishing line during casting and retrieving.

When the reel handle started rotation, it compelled the line guide to move back and forth to the fishing line evenly over the baitcaster spool. Make sure that the line is evenly shifting over the spool. It causes less resistance and reduces line breakage.

Moreover, the line guide helps to spool the reel during retrieving without backlash and breakage of the line. The line guide moves directly to the turns of the reel handle.

Gear system

Gear systems are settled inside the reel. Its serves as the rotations of the handle and the spool. Gear ratio varies from model to model and its construction.


The main feature of the baitcaster reel over the spinning reel is a bait clicker.  Baitclicker is a button on the left side of the fishing reel known as a line alarm. It produces a clicking sound when the baitclicker turns on, indicating that the caught fish is running away with the bait.

The little trick is about baitclicker is turning it off during casting because they put resistance on the spool, and your knob is out of your casting spot. The baitclicker is prematurely aware when you are leaving this on casting while fishing. We lose the reel line that allows the fish to run with the bait without any resistance.


After getting information about the crucial parts of the baitcasting reel, compared with another fishing reels, baitcaster gets an edge over all reels and will definiyely amaze you for carp and bass. Remember, knowing the depth of hobby is very important to get extraordinary benefits and enjoyment. It would create a massive enhancement of your skill and will give you the courage to learn more and more.

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