Casting Distance Contest: 3000 vs. 1000 Spinning Reel
Which reel casts farther: a 3000 or a 1000 size spinning reel?
Smaller reels are becoming the new trend now, but since you can only catch the fish between you and how far you can cast out your lure, which reel casts farther is a really important question.
And there are valid arguments on both sides:
Smaller reels cause the line to have more rotations when you cast out your lure, which could hinder casting distance.
But on the other hand, the rotations aren’t as wide, which could benefit casting distance.
So instead of relying on anecdotes or logic, I decided to test these reels head to head to discover the truth.
Check out the video below to see which reel casts farther!
P.S. The contest is between a 3000 and a 1000, but I was mistakenly saying 2500 the whole video. Either way, 2500s and 3000s are very similar. And this test is really about spool diameter, so these results are applicable no matter what size reel you’re choosing.
Casting Contest: 3000 vs. 1000 Spinning Reel [VIDEO]
- Rod: TFO TFG Pro 7’6″ Medium power
- Line: 10 lb. Power Pro
Each setup had the same exact rod, line, and weight.
We also had the same type of reel, the only difference was the size.
Here are the results:
Round 1 Results
I forgot my measuring device here, but as you can see, there was clearly a winner for round one.
The green flags mark the casting distance for the 1000 and the pink flags mark the casting distance for the 3000.
So on average, the 3000 outcasted the 1000 by about 3.5 to 4 feet.
And to make sure there wasn’t some tiny difference in the weight that caused the difference here, I changed the weights and did another round of testing.
Here are the results:
Round 2 Results
In round one, there was an obvious difference of about 3.5 to 4 feet, but in round two, after I switched the weights, the casting distances were pretty much the same between the two reels.
So what that tells me is there’s probably a slight difference in the weight of the leads I was casting, but, more importantly, the 3000 outcasts the 1000 by about 1 to 2 feet on average.
On average, the 3000 casts about 1 to 2 feet farther than the 1000.
It’s not a huge difference, but over a few hundred casts in a day it can add up.
Plus when you factor in the fact that the 1000 has a much higher chance for wind knots because of the smaller diameter spool, the 3000 reel is a clear winner when deciding between these two sizes.
Have you had any different experiences with these two reels regarding casting distance?
Or have any other thoughts on this experiment?
Let me know down in the comments!
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