There are only three requirements for the feeder fishing reel. Strong pull, high speed of reeling and high quality clutch.
Strong pull is needed because the feeder is cast and driven back dozens of times due the fishing session making a serious load on the engine.
High speed of reeling is almost always necessary because of active feeding — escpecially at a distance of 50 meters or more — the usage of low-speed reel will be tedious and exhausting.
Clutch — well, everything is clear here. Smooth clutch settings is the most important condition for successful angling a large fish.
Let’s start from the beginning, step by step. Good traction reel has a low gear ratio. 4.7 — 5.1 — this is what we need, not more.
However, the reels with a low gear ratio are not speedy, and we need the high reeling speed with empty feeder. This can be solved very simply: the size of the reel, according to the classification by Shimano or Daiwa must be around 3500-4000.
For lighter feeder rods tested up to 40-50 grams and less distance fishing, the 2500 size of the reel awill fit. And for extra-heavy tackle, with 150 grams feeders, it is better to take a truly large reel of 4500-5000 size.
However, having the whole range of reels for different fishing conditions is not necessary, the average size of 3500-4000 fits in all situations. It will just increase the weight of a lighter tackle and will wear faster on a heavy-duty tackle. But it will work anyway.
Finally, the last but but not the least — the clutch. Carefully inspect it in the store. When changed for a few clicks — a move of the spool should change. Maybe a little bit, but it should.
And another very important thing is smoothness — if when a big fish attacks the clutch is not working immediately, but with a delay of at least a second — this clutch doesn’t not worth a penny. For this second fish can break the lead.