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Spinning or Casting Reels
« on: July 24, 2017, 08:59:30 PM »

Just been contemplating the reason for selecting spinning reels or casting reels.  I grew up in Ohio and the only reel I ever used was a spinning reel.  Later in life I moved to Maryland and once again a spinning reel was the preferred choice then on to Boston, same deal there everyone used spinning equipment, Moved to Chicago and wouldn't you know it everyone was using spinning equipment.  I had acquired some casting reels while living in New England but really did not learn to use them. 

About thirty years ago I moved here to the Carolinas and everyone in the bass fishing community here uses casting reels and although they have some spinning stuff it is not used all that often.  The inshore saltwater folks are using spinning gear but bass people are predominately casting.  I have been wondering why that is.  What ever your choice may be both methods are good but I suspect that Spinning reels fill the void for small baits or perhaps deep water drop shot style presentations but we don't have much of that here in my area.

I do find it interesting that once you get below Virginia the predominant reel is a casting reel While up north its Spinning.  I would like to see a list of thoughts from the group on why you think that is or why it makes sense.
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Re: Spinning or Casting Reels
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2017, 08:02:19 AM »

You are not the only one who noticed this,

I have several friends who live in Florida have many baitcasters but one or two spinning rods.
Others in upstate New York, It's totally the opposite. Its all spinning rods and few baitcasters.

Why, I have NO IDEA :) I guess you could say that Maryland, its 50/50 :) cuz i have the same amount of spinning/baitcasters setup.
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Re: Spinning or Casting Reels
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2017, 08:06:25 AM »

If I was just gonna sit on a bucket and use live bait, I might use a spinning reel. Otherwise, I dont need one as I can make a baitcaster cast just as light of baits as a spinning reel can.
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Re: Spinning or Casting Reels
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2017, 08:25:37 AM »

I don't care for spinning gear, not that there's anything wrong with them, I just don't find them comfortable. I do keep one rigged up for crappie fishing though for when the moment presents itself.

The only issue I've ever had with casting rod/reel is trying to throw a light shakyhead (under 3/16oz) with a 4" dead ringer... You can't cast them very far. Or at least I can't.
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Re: Spinning or Casting Reels
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2017, 08:46:44 AM »

I'm surprised to hear this. I fish 3 different clubs here in western/central PA and you see casting reels greatly outnumbering spinning reels on the decks at weigh in. About the only people you see who are using predominately spinning gear are the bank beaters who don't know enough to even consider casting gear.
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Re: Spinning or Casting Reels
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2017, 08:58:53 AM »

In Texas I see quite a few that use a spinning stuff. I agree the Bass community is predominantly baitcasters though.

I have several friends that as young adults tried a baitcaster and it has been a struggle to get them to even try a baitcaster now. The main reason they say is why. They aren't "specialized" they see a reel as a reel, one gives trouble, one is simple to them. They still remember the mess from that 1st backlash. lo These fellas have no conditioning to them that a bass needs to be caught on one or the other for what ever reason, or how the gear ratios or IPT are different etc. The same with rods as well. They generally just like one that feels good to them to hold and have no clue about balance, tip, power, or action.

A good comparison is my daughter. I handed her a baitcaster for the first time in her life last 4th of July, she never blinked a eye. Just asked how to use it is all. She went to slinging lures after a brief tutorial and now she likes the baitcaster.
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Re: Spinning or Casting Reels
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2017, 10:35:52 AM »

I live in Upstate New York and have more baitcasting than spinning. For most things I use baitcasting but for skipping, and lightweight I use spinning. A spinning reel loaded with 15 or 20 lb braid can still throw 1/16 ounce bait a long way, 35-40 yards maybe a touch more with the wind and I find throwing into the wind they are easier to handle.
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Re: Spinning or Casting Reels
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2017, 05:16:47 PM »

I have 2 Shimano spinners that I use a few times a year to a limestone lake I frequent. Other than that I use B/C's.
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Re: Spinning or Casting Reels
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2017, 08:09:17 PM »

I grew up in a time when baitcasters were for throwing big chunks for cats. The rest of our gear was spinning for walleye and trout. Bass were not on the menu so we didn't fish for them.

Now all my friend throw baitcasters for something.

 The line developments are a big reason for the baitcasting reels to take off. Now you can fit #20 test on a smaller reel and not have that huge penn reel to deal with.
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Re: Spinning or Casting Reels
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2017, 02:36:56 PM »

I just got my first spinner and looking forward to the next one. A bigger one.
Love my baitcasters though.
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Re: Spinning or Casting Reels
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2017, 01:42:53 AM »

If I was just gonna sit on a bucket and use live bait, I might use a spinning reel. Otherwise, I dont need one as I can make a baitcaster cast just as light of baits as a spinning reel can.

This is how I grew up (on the PA/NY border).  Minus sitting on the bucket.  I grew up in a small area.  Never saw one person with a baitcast reel in those days.

A lot of the people I meet fishing from the bank are lucky if they fish more than 4-6 times a year....if that often.  $30-$50 is about all they are willing to spend.  This will typically be a spinning combo from someplace like Walmart.  Spinning fits the Average Joe much better.  Both his pocketbook and the fact there is basically no learning curve with a spinning reel.  I'd hazard a guess that there are a lot more people like this than there are enthusiasts.

Once I tried a baitcast reel I never looked back.  Now have more spinning reels than I ever did, but only 3 have actually been used for fishing.  Haven't had one out in several years. 
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Re: Spinning or Casting Reels
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2017, 08:17:10 AM »

I use spinning gear a lot, then again I fish saltwater.  For me there is just much less maintenance after an outing with spinning gear compared to a salty bait caster.

When I chunk and wind, which I don't do much anymore, but is just about all Y'all do when bass fishing, I prefer bait casters. 

Line twist is the big reason for the different reels in my opinion, but with braids you can compensate for the twist concerns.

AND my bucket cost a lot less to maintain in gas and other parts than those aircraft carriers Y'all are standing on.  AND cheaper to replace.
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Re: Spinning or Casting Reels
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2017, 09:44:14 AM »

Back in my younger days it was push button, spin cast reels from Zebco and then Mitchell 300 spinning reels.  Once out of the Military I started using baitcaster, spinning and fly reels.  Originally started out with right handed baitcasters, left spinning and left fly reels.  In my late thirties I changed everything to left handed.  While doing a lot of Club and tournament functions I had 17 rods in the rod locker of my boat.  Most were pairs tied with the same bait. Of those rods, one was spinning.
Now semi-retired I have sold off all my old rods and reels.  Today I have a total of ten combos hanging in my bass fishing rack, seven of those are baitcasters and all but two are seven feet or longer. 
BTW, I have lived in Maryland all but my Military time.
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Re: Spinning or Casting Reels
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2017, 09:22:43 AM »

 I use baitcasters pretty much all the time.  I do keep 2 spinning outfits on the boat for the wife--she wants nothing to do with a baitcaster and I am not about to try changing her way of thinking  ;)
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