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General Bass Fishing Discussion => Rods, Reels and Fishing Line => Topic started by: the_huber_show on August 27, 2018, 11:54:41 AM

Title: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: the_huber_show on August 27, 2018, 11:54:41 AM
So currently all my baitcasters are RH.  I find myself playing at the store with LH and I seem to have more control with my wrist on my right hand as it's my dominate hand.

My question is this....How did you decided which was best for you? 


All my spinning gear I reel with my LH. 
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: Lipripper on August 27, 2018, 12:05:54 PM
All me reels are RH. I tried reeling with my left hand and that didn't last long. I'm glad that with spinning reels can changed the handles.
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: Bassinlou on August 27, 2018, 12:13:26 PM
Since I'm naturally left handed. The standard right hand reel is ideal for me. I never  have to  switch hands. I cast with my dominant arm and retrieve with the my non-dominant hand. Works out perfect.
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: Stren_g on August 27, 2018, 12:36:25 PM
With spinning gear I reel left handed, castings reels are opposite. No reason at all.
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: the_huber_show on August 27, 2018, 12:38:54 PM
Since I'm naturally left handed. The standard right hand reel is ideal for me. I never  have to  switch hands. I cast with my dominant arm and retrieve with the my non-dominant hand. Works out perfect.

See for me I am currently casting with my dominate RH and then reeling with my RH.  So all my movement and working the rod are with my LH.  Which I make work but I just seem to have better control when I play around at the store.
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: LgMouthGambler on August 27, 2018, 12:42:19 PM
See for me I am currently casting with my dominate RH and then reeling with my RH.  So all my movement and working the rod are with my LH.  Which I make work but I just seem to have better control when I play around at the store.

Thats in the store. Try it in real life, then see whats better for you.,
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: FloridaFishinFool on August 27, 2018, 12:48:44 PM

All my spinning gear I reel with my LH.

I think you answered your own question right there. This is why I use only lefties.

I cast with my right and I want the rod in that hand only. I am not a switch caster. Cast with right and then switch rod to left to retrieve makes no sense to me.

And you sir are now caught in the middle. Jump fence and go with what feels best for you.
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: Bassinlou on August 27, 2018, 12:51:38 PM
Thats in the store. Try it in real life, then see whats better for you.,

^^^ This ^^^
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: Bud Kennedy on August 27, 2018, 01:00:18 PM
Hey guys what the heck.  Does it really make any difference.  I happen to be one of those switch hand guys and quite frankly it is something  have been doing for decades.  It has never been a problem and is comfortable for me.  Life is tough enough without coming up for reasons to worry about things like this.  Next thing we will worry about is are our fishing outfits color coordinated with the color of our reels . 
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: Lipripper on August 27, 2018, 01:04:19 PM
Hey guys what the heck.  Does it really make any difference.  I happen to be one of those switch hand guys and quite frankly it is something  have been doing for decades.  It has never been a problem and is comfortable for me.  Life is tough enough without coming up for reasons to worry about things like this.  Next thing we will worry about is are our fishing outfits color coordinated with the color of our reels .
~roflmao ~roflmao What's a fishing outfit.  ;D
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: cport on August 27, 2018, 01:05:26 PM
I'm the same. I do have a LH Citica that I have learned to use, but it takes a few casts to get used to it again when I do. Most LH baitcast reels that I have tried, the palming of the reel feels weird; I get that you want your dominant/strong hand working a rod, and I do with the spinning rigs I have. Its just that palming that feels weird, so I deal with the cast-switch-reel, and it seems like second nature. I can honestly say that I have never missed a hookset from that split second of the changeover. At the end of the cast, when it hits the water, it is almost in my left hand, and a quick move does it.

 I don't know why, but I can work that Citica setup. Maybe its because I invested a lot of time in it because a friend blessed me with that reel and encouraged me to give it an honest shot. I promised, and I did.
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: cport on August 27, 2018, 01:07:45 PM
~roflmao ~roflmao What's a fishing outfit.  ;D
Matt's fishing outfit

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/shopping?q=tbn:ANd9GcSVb-NEEvKstEhqRw0xRmvCqN4UnPOvhha3Ha9KtYZW_1eYxQRFEgKfAJBqYOdQkUudz8aNZYo&usqp=CAY)
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: Lipripper on August 27, 2018, 01:13:02 PM
Matt's fishing outfit

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/shopping?q=tbn:ANd9GcSVb-NEEvKstEhqRw0xRmvCqN4UnPOvhha3Ha9KtYZW_1eYxQRFEgKfAJBqYOdQkUudz8aNZYo&usqp=CAY)
Chris I think that would match Counts outfit he wore on their last trip.  lo
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: cport on August 27, 2018, 01:15:00 PM
Chris I think that would match Counts outfit he wore on their last trip.  lo
That's the idea. Those two don't coordinate outfits with their reels, but with each other...  :o  ~shhh
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: DonM on August 27, 2018, 01:18:21 PM
I grew up with a spinning reel, reeling with the left hand and casting with the right.  I saw no reason to change.  I have about 20 LH reels.  But, I am more or less ambidextrous. 
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: Lipripper on August 27, 2018, 01:18:37 PM
Ok let us not get this subject  ~off~ (https://imageshack.com/a/img923/2451/n2vjsq.gif) (https://imageshack.com/i/pnn2vjsqg)  ;D
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: LgMouthGambler on August 27, 2018, 01:21:40 PM
Matt's fishing outfit

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/shopping?q=tbn:ANd9GcSVb-NEEvKstEhqRw0xRmvCqN4UnPOvhha3Ha9KtYZW_1eYxQRFEgKfAJBqYOdQkUudz8aNZYo&usqp=CAY)

I prefer more of a magenta color, sir.
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: Eric-Maine on August 27, 2018, 01:29:07 PM
I am right handed. Use left hand baitcasters on short line applications so I do not have to swap hands. Rest are right handed. Spinning all left handed retrieve.
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: the_huber_show on August 27, 2018, 01:48:45 PM
Thats in the store. Try it in real life, then see whats better for you.,

I agree just don't want to buy a new reel and it not work.  Guess I was curious what everyone else did to decide before I take the plunge.

I think you answered your own question right there. This is why I use only lefties.

I cast with my right and I want the rod in that hand only. I am not a switch caster. Cast with right and then switch rod to left to retrieve makes no sense to me.

And you sir are now caught in the middle. Jump fence and go with what feels best for you.

I agree which is kinda what got me curious and then when I looked at them at the store it really got me curious. 

Guess the only want to really tell is to buy a reel and see what happens
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: FloridaFishinFool on August 27, 2018, 03:30:00 PM
Yep! And if you get a curado DC lefty and don't like it... I'll gladly take it off your hands!  :-*
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: Smallie_Stalker on August 27, 2018, 03:32:07 PM
I currently use all left-hand retrieve reels - baitcast or spinning. Spinning has ALWAYS been strictly left-hand retrieve.

There was a time though when I was tourney fishing where I had both left and right hand baitcasters, especially on my cranking rods. Back in those days of HEAVY glass cranking rods you could wear out your arms and shoulders real quick pulling big, deep cranks. Being able to reach down and grab a rod with the same lure but reeling on the other side made it easy to keep going.

Back in those days I could also make any type of cast with either hand which came in handy sometimes.
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: the_huber_show on August 27, 2018, 04:19:46 PM
Yep! And if you get a curado DC lefty and don't like it... I'll gladly take it off your hands!  :-*

I see what you did there :)

I currently use all left-hand retrieve reels - baitcast or spinning. Spinning has ALWAYS been strictly left-hand retrieve.

There was a time though when I was tourney fishing where I had both left and right hand baitcasters, especially on my cranking rods. Back in those days of HEAVY glass cranking rods you could wear out your arms and shoulders real quick pulling big, deep cranks. Being able to reach down and grab a rod with the same lure but reeling on the other side made it easy to keep going.

Back in those days I could also make any type of cast with either hand which came in handy sometimes.

I have always been strictly LH on spinning as right never felt correct.  I'm gonna have to buy a reel and see how I like it. 
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: zippyduck on August 27, 2018, 04:47:59 PM
I just naturally picked up a lefty as all my spinning rods felt better that way.
Now I couldn't set the hook with my left hand even if the job was half done by the fish.
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: Lipripper on August 27, 2018, 05:03:07 PM
I just naturally picked up a lefty as all my spinning rods felt better that way.
Now I couldn't set the hook with my left hand even if the job was half done by the fish.
Next time I go fishing I will have to pay attention on how I fish I never thought how I cast or reel I just do it. ;D
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: gtrpickr on August 27, 2018, 06:10:14 PM
I use RH baitcasters and do spinning with my LH like most seem to do. I just recently picked up a piscifun LH baitcaster got it for 30 something shipped, to use for pitching and flipping so I wouldn't have to change hands since the bite often times happens quick. I have only been able to get out and use it a couple times but I do like it for that application and it does take a little getting use to. I think it boils down to what is comfortable and works for you.
 I am RH but because I have been basically blind in my right eye since birth I shoot rifles and bows LH but do most everything else right handed.
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: topdsm0138 on August 27, 2018, 08:18:49 PM
I use RH for casting reels, LH for my spinning.
Title: Re: RH vs LH Reel
Post by: the_huber_show on August 29, 2018, 12:53:09 PM
Dicks has the abu garcia black max on sale for $39.  Going to stop by tomorrow and pick up a LH  one.  Worse case I get rite of it or best case it's how I should be fishing.  I'll keep you all posted