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How many of you Spinning Reel users back reel? Brian.

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I always backreel, I feel much more in control over the fish when I do. 

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I used to do it, until I forgot about it once and busted my knuckles real good. With the quality of drags these days, I don't find it necessary.

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I dont do it not for bass anyhow ,,thats what a drag is used for

We had this topic a couple of months ago.  It might be fun to back reel for bass, although I don't do it, I would never consider it for fish that make a blazing run.

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We had this topic a couple of months ago. It might be fun to back reel for bass, although I don't do it, I would never consider it for fish that make a blazing run.

That's what happened to me. It was cute until a 10lb striper decided to eat a senko. Left me hand bloodied and bruised from a machined aluminum handle hit it a few times at warp speed.
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That's what happened to me. It was cute until a 10lb striper decided to eat a senko. Left me hand bloodied and bruised from a machined aluminum handle hit it a few times at warp speed.

Just imagine a 10# bonefish.

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Back reeling is not even possible on any of the new Quantum reels. They removed the anti-reverse switch.

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Doesn't make sense to back reel, the drags are there for a reason.

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I don't use spinning reels, I use bait casters, but I have to jump in anyway. IMO fishermen who back reel just like to play with their catch -- and there is nothing wrong with that. To each his own. Personally I like to streak a bass to the boat and lip her as fast as possible. The quicker the less chance of losing her.

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I don't. The drag always handles fish for me.

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Drags on spinning reels used to be very unreliable, back reel was used much more then. Spinning drags now are very good, reliable, I see no good reason for it. Drag only for me..

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Nope.

 

A-Jay

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A good 4lb+ fish (or any species) being played with light wire barbless hooks and yes I'm back-reeling.

 

 

oe

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I never backreel as the drag is more than adequate to land a fish of any size given you know how to operate a drag properly... examples 30 lb muskie on 6 lb test rigging for walleye, or a 50 lb sturgeon on a 6' ML jig rod on 20 lb braid and many more...

 

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The last time I checked, and I could be incorrect, you can do both if you feel like it.  If your anti- reverse is switched off and you hold the handle steady, drag will work.

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I've been fishing spinning gear since I was a kid, but didn't hear about backreeling until reading about it somewhere on here. Haha we could never figure out why the reels we used went backwards anyway. I've been trying to learn but always forget during the fight.

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Not in years. The drag on today's reels are too good.   If I ever go saltwater inshore again maybe but I don't think it is necessary for bass fishing.

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Not in years. The drag on today's reels are too good.   If I ever go saltwater inshore again maybe but I don't think it is necessary for bass fishing.

Inshore saltwater is a place where I don't want to back reel.  There are some pretty fast fish here that run and they don't have to be big, like a bonefish.  Even a snook which is far from the most formidable to land, when they reach 15-20 they can strip out some line.  Then ya got the bruisers, permit, jacks, tarpon, you have all you can handle to land them, getting them on fly rod is pretty good challenge.

It might be fun with bass as the speed and the power aren't like the inshore species.  One thing I do wonder, how many times I catch a bass and it's swimming back at me, I have to reel in line not back reel.

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The last time I checked, and I could be incorrect, you can do both if you feel like it.  If your anti- reverse is switched off and you hold the handle steady, drag will work.

I always set my drag below breaking strain of my line so if I can't get the anti reverse turned off fast enough my drag will give line still. I understand that the drags are much better than they used to be, I'm just much more in control of the fish when I back reel than I feel with the drag. 

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4lb test, no backreeling

4lb test, no backreeling

 

 

 

 

 

It's just unnecessary, reels these days have drags that can handle it. And if you backreel, you don't get to hear that thing SINGIN'!

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I don't back reel, never have and most likely never will. 

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I used to, at times, with my baitcasting reels.

 

I didn't have time to fish for years, and came back with a passion.  While studying the improvements made in drags and such, I found the carbon drags.

 

Fiber drags of any sort, I found, were initially sticky whether dry or greased.  Not so with the carbon drags.

 

I think this is why the 5000D worked so well.  You had the back-reeling capability -- and advantage at that time -- but the back-reeling was tempered by a drag.

 

Josh

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