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Baitcasting reel Vs. spinning reel

post #1 of 49
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Hey guys, Ive never used a reel pther than a spinning reel but and was wondering if anyone can tell me if baitcasting reels require a different rod than say a conventional spinning reel. Any help is much appreciated.
post #2 of 49
Yes, you will notice that they usually have a "trigger" underneath the reel seat. Also the first guide will usually be smaller than the first guide on a spinning reel.
post #3 of 49
Spinning reel is underneath the rod, conventional on top. The guides are different because of how the line comes off the spools. Baitcasters are usually used w heavier line so the rods reflect that as well. With the advent of superlines bait casters aren't as necessary as in the past, but most would say that they prefer one or the other depending on the lure that is being cast. Baitcasters are a must for spinner baits, buzz baits, and crank baits.
post #4 of 49

the reason they are a must is because you need to stay in contact with the bait throughout the cast. If you tried to cast a spinner bait on a spinning rod, the bait would sink into the weed before you had a chance to get the slack in. With a baitcaster, I can halt the bait just as it hits the water and start retreiving it stopping the bait from sinking farther than 3-6 inches below the surface. It hit and starts swimming immediately....


Couple things here....1, I highly recommend getting a decent baitcasting setup. If you want to start out cheap, go to walmart and by a blackmax combo for $60. It'll be worth it, and it won't cost much. Just do a little QA while you are in the store. Make sure the reel has all it's parts and the guide line up and feel the rod for cracks, nicks and dings. If you do that you'll have a great rod for your first season using one.


2, it will require practice. Lots...... and I recommend also for the first season that you load up your reel with line that's too 12 or 14 lb line...Yes it's too heavy for skilled fishing, but it will help you learn to cast. If you want, tie on a 5 ft long 6 lb tippet/leader on so you have lighter line out by your bait.


3, after you get the hang of it, you might foresake all your spinning tackle. Baitcasting is that awesome...most people who don't like just didn't have the patience to learn how to use it well. Practice 30 minutes a day in your front or back yard until you can cast 1/2 oz lure about 50 to 75 ft without backlashing.....then you can go fishing.

post #5 of 49
How is 12 - 14lb line too heavy? For example I would never ever go less than 14lb mono when throwing a spinnerbait.

Here is an ok line guide link for each fishing application. They clearly love flourocarbon which I am not the biggest fan of.
post #6 of 49
Florocarbon is just less visible that's why.

I use 8-10lb mainline and a 4 or 6 lb berkely xl mono tippet that just reaches the reel during a cast. The only break off I got this year so far was a pickerel that cut the line with his teeth last week. Actually that was on my UL setup with 6 lb mainline and he cut the 4 lb tippet.
post #7 of 49
And something else. I currently use 20lb for inshore fishing, and I am thinking of downgrading to 14lb there. Mostly cause I spool my 6500 on casting 20lb with my surf rod. I haven't had a breakoff with 20 lb there so it's worth trying lighter.
post #8 of 49
Pretty much disagree w just about all of scot's comments.

$5 spinnerbaits on 4lb. Roflol
post #9 of 49
Flourocarbon is junk. Your throwing jigs, spinnerbaits, etc on less than 10lb line? kooky.gif You must be messing with all fish less than a pound and/or you must not have any structure to deal with.

I fish a lot of clear lakes and have had no problem catching fish that are supposedly "line shy". Flourocarbon has waaay to much memory for me and I'd rather use a line that I don't have to rub down with conditioner in order for it to work. Also I have had waay to many breakoffs when jigging the bottom for me to trust it. Simple Trilene XL or McCoys mean green is the way to go and mainline power pro for most bottom bouncing presentations.
post #10 of 49
You beat me to it Paul cwm27.gif
post #11 of 49
Originally Posted by Paul_M View Post

Pretty much disagree w just about all of scot's comments.

$5 spinnerbaits on 4lb. Roflol

post #12 of 49
Also Scot I'm hoping your going after kingfish with 14lb mono and not stripers or blues. icon24.gif
post #13 of 49
I agree with skunk, for baitcasting 12lb - 14lb is definitely not too heavy, if youre at a point of using lighter lines than that you may be better off just throwing a spinning set up at that point anyway.

flouro is not just less visible, though that is one of the characteristics for it, its not the only difference, and like skunk i am also not a big fan flouro
post #14 of 49
less stretch, supposedly more abrasion resistance(which I don't agree) and guys like to use it for deep cranks because of the sinking action. icon14.gif
post #15 of 49
Well I fish 20lb for jigs & t-rigged worms from clear to mud stained waters. Never bought into the flouro why change.
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