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Why are baitcasting reels considered primarily for power fishing and spinning reels for finesse fishing?

Question by maynardtl8. Uploaded on November 15, 2012

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Not really true since you shouldn't use power on the reel rather the power comes from the rod in pumping the rod. BUT, with a baitcaster you can, more easily, put your thumb down on the line, and pump the rod not allowing the drag to let line slip out. A common mistake amongst spin fisherman that have little knowledge of how to play a bigger fish is...they crank on the reel without bring in line because of the fishes resistance. Everytime you turn the handle on a spinning reel, and do not bring in line, you put a twist in the line, and severely weaken the line. You need to pump the rod, and then acquire line onto the reel when you lower the rod. With a baitcaster, this does not happen. You can cup your hand around the spool using a spinning reel, pumpt the rod, and line will not go out twisting the line. All a matter of knowing how to use the reel.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

The gear design on a baitcasting reel makes for a simpler, stronger, more durable mechanism. Deep sea fishing calls for more backbone to fight larger fish.
Spinning reels have a more delicate mechanism, but it reduces the incidence of backlash (the dreaded bird's nest) that often occur with baitcasting reels.

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from santa wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I have been designing, building, repairing, and using fishing reels most of my life, so I know both designs of reels very well. The spinning reel is easy to use because it requires little practice to cast whereas a baitcast reel requires a good deal of practice for a person to use. Clinchnot was correct about spinning reels having problems with line twist but the baitcast reels do not. I have not found anything that can be done with a spinning reel that I can not do with my baitcasters. I can cast just as far while being more accurate with my baitcasters and still have a winch to crank in what ever is on the other end of the line.

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from jtmosher42 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Yeah, baitcasters don't have issues with line twist and are usually stiffer so you can throw bigger lures, and usually have a higher gear ratio so you can control your retrieve a little bit better. But like they said there really isn't anything you can do with a bait caster that a spinning rod won't do.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

The gear design on a baitcasting reel makes for a simpler, stronger, more durable mechanism. Deep sea fishing calls for more backbone to fight larger fish.
Spinning reels have a more delicate mechanism, but it reduces the incidence of backlash (the dreaded bird's nest) that often occur with baitcasting reels.

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from santa wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I have been designing, building, repairing, and using fishing reels most of my life, so I know both designs of reels very well. The spinning reel is easy to use because it requires little practice to cast whereas a baitcast reel requires a good deal of practice for a person to use. Clinchnot was correct about spinning reels having problems with line twist but the baitcast reels do not. I have not found anything that can be done with a spinning reel that I can not do with my baitcasters. I can cast just as far while being more accurate with my baitcasters and still have a winch to crank in what ever is on the other end of the line.

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from jtmosher42 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Yeah, baitcasters don't have issues with line twist and are usually stiffer so you can throw bigger lures, and usually have a higher gear ratio so you can control your retrieve a little bit better. But like they said there really isn't anything you can do with a bait caster that a spinning rod won't do.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Not really true since you shouldn't use power on the reel rather the power comes from the rod in pumping the rod. BUT, with a baitcaster you can, more easily, put your thumb down on the line, and pump the rod not allowing the drag to let line slip out. A common mistake amongst spin fisherman that have little knowledge of how to play a bigger fish is...they crank on the reel without bring in line because of the fishes resistance. Everytime you turn the handle on a spinning reel, and do not bring in line, you put a twist in the line, and severely weaken the line. You need to pump the rod, and then acquire line onto the reel when you lower the rod. With a baitcaster, this does not happen. You can cup your hand around the spool using a spinning reel, pumpt the rod, and line will not go out twisting the line. All a matter of knowing how to use the reel.

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