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Question by maynardtl8. Uploaded on November 15, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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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