Know Your Reel Sizes (Pros & Cons Of 1000 vs 2500 vs 3000 Reels)
What are the differences between the various inshore spinning reel sizes?
Here’s something that’s really surprised me: reels in the 1000 class have been flying off of the shelves recently.
For years, we (and most other inshore anglers) have mainly used 2500 or 3000 series reels when inshore saltwater fishing, but this new wave of 1000 reel buyers is really coming on strong.
So what’s the big deal about 1000 series reels?
Are they better than the 2500s?
Can they still handle the redfish, trout, and snook you find in our inshore waters?
That’s exactly what we’re going to cover today as we break down the differences between 1000 vs. 2500 vs. 3000 class reels.
There are pros and cons of each size that could affect your casting ability, fish-catching ability, and even your health!
You can watch the video version of this podcast below (which I recommend since Luke does a few on-screen demonstrations), listen to the audio version by clicking the play button underneath it, or listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.
Inshore Spinning Reel Sizes [VIDEO]
Inshore Spinning Reel Sizes [PODCAST]
- WHAT IS THE BEST SPINNING REEL SIZE FOR YOUR INSHORE SETUP
- HOW TO PROPERLY PAIR YOUR INSHORE SPINNING ROD & REEL
Fishing Gear Experiments:
- CASTING DISTANCE CONTEST: 3000 VS. 1000 SPINNING REEL
- POWERPRO SUPER SLICK V2 VS. POWERPRO ORIGINAL [CASTING & STRENGTH COMPARISON]
- DOES MONO ACTUALLY FLOAT? (FLUOROCARBON VS. MONOFILAMENT CONTEST)
- SPIDERWIRE ULTRACAST INVISI-BRAID VS. POWERPRO [ULTIMATE REVIEW]
- SEE ALL OF OUR FISHING GEAR REVIEWS HERE
Why People Like 1000 Series Reels
Let’s tackle the big question most people have about these smaller reels: can they actually handle big redfish, snook, and trout?
Yes, they absolutely can!
They can provide enough drag and, assuming you’re using 10 lb. braid (which you should be), they have enough line capacity to handle nearly any fish you can find in our inshore waters.
The other big advantage of these reels is that they’re very light.
And you’d be surprised at how much difference even just 0.9 ounces makes over the course of hundreds of casts and several hours of fishing.
1000 vs. 2500/3000 Reels
Here’s a quick rundown of how these reels compare in some of the more important categories:
Casting ability: the 3000 casts slightly farther than the 1000 (see this experiment here).
Price: pricing between the 1000 to the 3000 is the same or similar, depending on the brand (usually, when you get above the 3000 is when the price increases).
Weight: the 1000 is lighter than the other models, which is an advantage, especially for people using artificial lures.
Wind knots: the 1000 most likely will get more wind knots because there are more coils coming off of the thinner spool.
2500 vs. 3000 Reels
Now that you know the differences between 1000 series reels and the 2500/3000 reels, what about the difference between the 2500 and 3000 reels?
Well, they’re very similar.
The weight and spool diameter are usually very close (if not the same) but the biggest difference is often the size of the arbor, which is the center of the spool where you tie your line to.
With 3000 series reels, the arbor is usually smaller, which lets the reel have more line capacity.
Rods vs. Reels: Which Is More Important?
The three core factors when it comes to your setup (not including bait) are:
And the above list is in terms of importance, too.
All the reel does is let line out, retrieve it back in, and provide drag.
The line needs to be strong enough to bear the strength and weight of the fish and tough enough to withstand abrasion from anything it might come into contact with, such as rocks or dock pilings.
It also needs to be thin and nimble to cast far.
And finally, the rod is the most important part of your setup.
It’s what allows you to make far and accurate casts, it lets you feel bites and set the hook, and provides the power for fighting the fish.
I’m fascinated at the recent trend of 1000 series reels making a big push.
It’s certainly a valid trend since they can handle any fish in our inshore waters, and the lightness makes a big difference if you’re fishing a lot, or you have elbow, wrist, shoulder, or arthritis problems.
And I’m really interested to hear Luke’s thoughts as he continues to try them out.
You can see his first experiment where he tested a 1000 vs. 3000’s casting distance here.
Have you used a 1000 series reel?
What’s your favorite size reel for inshore fishing?
Let us know down in the comments!
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