If you’re a fan of baitcasting reels, there comes a time when you have to decide on round or low profile models. Some people are real stubborn and stick with only one style. I must be a fence-sitter because I have one of each.
I’ll be the first to admit a low profile reel looks pretty sleek. The looked even cooler when they first hit the market and the only people using them were touring pros on the B.A.S.S.circuit. A really decent low profile reel is still going to set you back at least a hundred bucks but, they’ve really dropped in price as their popularity had risen.
One of the raps again the low profile baitcasters is that the outside is entirely plastic. While this is usually the case, modern, super-strong plastics are used so you don’t have to worry if your reel bangs the bottom of your boat.
Another down side is that you’re paying for the look. I can’t figure out if that’s true or not. I will say there are decent round baitcasters on the market that are cheaper than low profile reels. Still, until I can match up two reels from the same manufacturer in both round and low profile styles, I’m going to bow out of this discussion.
I’m sort of old school on the whole topic. While having each style, I lean toward the round styles. I’m not sure why. I do know this, round styles usually hold more line and if I’m fishing a river with a decent current, I like to let the whole spool drift out before I start reeling the line in. That’s why you see saltwater reels in the round style.