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Re: baitcaster right or left cranking
« Reply #25 on: Yesterday at 07:28:36 PM »

Just to chime in, not much that hasn't already been said.

#1 I am a believer in the small advantage of using LH BCs (not having to switch hands). Technically its only a second or mili-second of time saved, but life is all about efficiency. (I still use a right handed SpinCast closed face reel for panfishing/catfishing though, and I don't use spinning reels)
#2 I am pretty ambidextrous. I play guitar so my left hand is up there in the strength and muscle memory level of my right hand. So it was a no-brainer for me to use LH baitcasters from the start.

With a normal right handed person, it is going to feel a bit awkward at first cranking but you should get used to it pretty quick with a few weekend sessions in the backyard practice casting (just like when you had to do learning a baitcaster for the first time)
And I also like cupping the BC with my dominant right hard for rod twitching, if I used a RH BC I would've had to learn how to cup the reel and control it with my left hand. So either way its a learning curve applied.

I learned how to use a baitcaster for the first time last year and didn't have to go through the left hand growing pains so it was a bit easier, but i'd say its worth it to use LH and never look back.


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Re: baitcaster right or left cranking
« Reply #26 on: Today at 05:29:04 AM »

Crank right handed on casting reels left on spinning reels. If I could re learn 'Id crank baitcasters with my left also but that's going to happen.

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Re: baitcaster right or left cranking
« Reply #27 on: Today at 11:31:07 AM »

To me the choice is completely personal.  I've tried a left hand and I can't use it.  I'm perfectly comfortable and happy with a right hand.  I don't even notice that I change hands.  Many times I change hands before the bait hits the water.  It doesn't bother me at all.
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