Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Alan

Spinning or bait casting? And why?

6 posts in this topic

I personally use a spinning reel set up, but I am curious as to the benefits of using a bait casting reel? Is is just personal preference, or is their actually a benefit of using a bait casting over a spinning reel? Or vice a versa?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fish with my baitcasters whenever possible. No line twist is huge, plus I can cast way more accurately and I think you get better power from a baitcaster (pulling spinnerbaits with a spinning reel kind of sucks). Spinning reels are much better for light lures, though, and you don't have to deal with backlashes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Alan,

Spinning combos excel for light line/light lure combos. Since a spinning spool remains stationary, you have only the weight/momentum of the lure pulling line off the spool. As the lure slows, so does the speed at which the line comes off the spool. Since your line has no real mass/momentum, it slows and stops at the same rate as the lure. Hence, no backlashes.

However, the cranking power of spinning reels is measurably less than that of casting reels. This is a simple matter of physics. With these reels your primary crank force is transfered, and , therefore diminished, from the gear case up to the revolving drum and bail. These items wrap the line around the spool, but they're using indirect, or secondary, power/force. As a result spinning is not the ideal way to retrieve large lures, or lures with a lot of water resistance. It is, however, the more sensible way to deliver smaller lures and lighter lines. Super lines have changed the game somewhat, but spinning gear is best used with line weights at/under, say ten pound test.

Baitcast reels employ a direct transfer of force from the handle to the spool. The spool, then, retrieves line directly. This process is much more powerful, and, as such, is less affected by heavy lines and lures. Therefore, casting excels with heavier, bulkier lures, and with heavier lines.

On the other hand......casting reels disengage the entire spool prior to the cast. As the lure is traveling through space, it rotates the spool faster and faster. In this case the spool doesn't slow as the cast nears the end. In fact, the spool doesn't know what the lure is doing. It's only operator intervention--via the thumb, combined with mechanical and magnetic brakes on the reel that slow and eventually stop the spool.

There's a learning curve with these reels (I bet you could become decent at it in an hour, and great at it in a weekend), but they are the way to go for any application requiring line in excess of, oh, say twelve pound test.

P.S. Ninety nine percent of baitcast control is through an "educated thumb". High tech, high priced brakes and controls are wonderful, but they are utterly secondary to your thumb.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a question about bait casters, my only grump with them is, that I havent seen one with a handle on the left side, do they make them? I have been using spinning reels since I was a kid, handle on the left side, so if I have to reel in someone elses pole with the reel on the right side it is totally backwards for me, Im not comfortable with it, otherwise I would use a bait caster. Do they make them with the reel on the left?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes they do make them. If you get a catolog from wherever they will have a hand next to the reel and say "left hand available". Not all do but they are becoming more popular. I think they are the same price or about 5$ more.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, I will check it out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Jim Uran
      What's your fish of choice to pursue? A weekday fish you could find after work are crappies, the basin bite on your local lake/lakes could make for a fun night bite. Panfish in general are fun to chase anytime, northerns are fun to target too but that's more of a weekend thing until we start gaining more daylight. Walleyes are punks to me and I've never been patient enough to target them unless I'm on LOW or Upper Red lol. 
    • monstermoose78
      Wow nice fish
    • MidCoast
      How do you even get on this lake to ice fish?  Seems to be surrounded by Private land. 
    • ZachD
      Well Friday was a little slow picked up some nice gills here and there no crappies. Sat morning picked up a couple 10 inch gills and a couple more for the bucket here and there. Sat night 930 the crappies came through I caught 17 biggest was 12. Sunday picked a few more gills up for the bucket before heading off to a different lake for walleye. again fish wanted nothing to do with minnows only caught one with them. All other fish caught on a tungsten orange and green glow tipped with only a wax worm.   we were in 12 fow the sunfish were 2 off the bottom crappie cruising 4 off bottom Side note tried walleye tonight missed 3 of them! Now I remember why I don't walleye fish much stupid things
    • Big-B
      I had the showdown as a hole hopping sonar but found I used my LX5 a lot more.  I went to the 7 and did not like it because it was bulky and hard to get used to both hopping holes and room inside one man Frabile.  Sold the 7 and bought another LX5 and do not see me going back to any other.  I have a wheel house and found is the only time I used the 7.  If you do a lot of fishing outside and like to move around.  I would stick with the 5, I now own two of them and don't see me using anything else.