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Old 07-07-2006, 12:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been using spinning reels all my life. I have different models with different line test and actions but you always see the pros using bait casters and if there are any real advantages to using them I don't want to miss out especially if helps put more fish in the boat.
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Old 07-07-2006, 08:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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a fast and more powerful retrieve, with a more accurate casting ability.

I think the accuaracy is the most advantageous feature of baitcast reels.
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i just made the switch and i can say that i wont go back. there is still a place for my spinning reels, especially with ultra light tackle. if your just casting out to the water it wont matter much stick with a spinning reel but if you are fishing the shore line it will amaze you on how precise you can be with a baitcaster. there is a reason why all the pro's use them. they always have a spinning rod on board though. tighten everything up on your baitcaster and practice in your back yard. dont be concerned with distance till you get better at casting. you will loose a little distance when you first start out. pflueger makes a good entry level reel that is not too pricey. get one that you can set the centrifical brake with a dial. it makes it real easy to make adjustments when you change lures. i set my reel everytime i change lures. it keeps the backlash down. once you fall in love with it then get your dream rod and reel and make your first one a backup rod and reel. my buddy has a pflueger ECHELON that he paid less then $100 for and i like it just as much if not better then my $200 quantium pt tour edition. you dont have to spend a fortune to get a good reel. dont get too frusterated. i practiced for a week in my back yard and thought i had it down. then i spent the first hour picking line out of the reel the first time i took it out on the boat. had to respool it two times that day. be sure to use the right line. baitcasters work best with thicker line. 12# mono is a good way to start. good luck.
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Old 07-07-2006, 09:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I love both! When I am fishing for bass, I will use the baitcaster for plastics, jigs and so forth. If I switch over to spinner baits, buzz baits, or crank baits then it is time for the spinning reel to come out. Practice alot, and you will learn to love it.

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Old 07-07-2006, 10:47 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I think it is easier to throw a baitcaster all day. Fits in your hand like a glove. Once you get good it is accurate, can cast farther, and is easy to use once you get it set up right.

Can also run heavy line without a real disdvantage other than the fish seeing it.
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Old 07-07-2006, 11:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Number one reasong to use a baitcaster....... NO FRIKIN LINE TWIST!
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Old 07-07-2006, 11:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Number one reasong to use a baitcaster....... NO FRIKIN LINE TWIST!
thats why i originally made the switch. i was respooling my spinning reels every 6th trip or so. i do a lot of casting so it makes sense that i move to a "casting reel". so far no line twist. and i am getting pretty good at picking out backlash too
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Old 07-07-2006, 12:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It all depends on what you throw and what at. I use 4-6 lb mono at most. I throw 1/16th oz jigs and I fish mostly in gin-clear water. Bait casters dont work very well for my finesse methods.
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Old 07-07-2006, 12:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Cranks, Spinnerbaits, Flipping I prefer baitcaster for casting accuracy. Anymore I'm on the lightweight spinning reel with 4 lb test fishing tube jigs or minnow jerkbaits. It's amazing how light you can go and catch big fish if you have a good drag and good line.
I use a Shimano Stradic and Eagle Claw Lazer Ice line
and I can't recall a fish breaking me off. I'm usually fishing for trout, bass, walleye, or pike.
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Old 07-07-2006, 01:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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ok i keep hearing that it improves your accuracy
well how bad are you cast that you need to change reels to help you out

and i think if you cant cast with a spinning then a baitcaster isnt going to help you out that much is it
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