The conventional reel or trolling reel is similar to the baitcasting reel. There are two types of trolling reels, Star Drag reels and Lever Drag reels. Stardrags are like baitcasters, but you move a little lever to put it into free spool. They have a star drag and you have to keep your thumb on them to keep off backlash. The lever drag reel uses the drag to put itself into freespool. They get more backlash but they can cast up to 400 yards, Conventional reels are for really big fish and are usually used offshore. They are designed for trolling but can also be used for butterfly jigging and deep drop. They are generally mounted on short rods.
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