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So I have two rods as of now. A medium moderate fast fenwick for crankbaits and spinners etc. then I have a Mh fast st croix mojo for jigs and heavier lures. My question is what is best for senkos, light t rigged plastics , or lighter baits.  Should I get a spinner rod for these or get s medium light baitcaster to throw the light lures. 

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You will probably get recommendations for both spinning and casting, but for me it really comes down to personal choice. After using spinning rods exclusively for the first 40 years of my life I bought my first casting rod. I found I enjoy using a baitcaster more than a spinning rod and eventually bought a casting rod that could throw lighter baits. 

 

Last Sunday I took my spinning rod fishing for the first time this year and I quickly realized I still prefer fishing with a casting rod!

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4 minutes ago, Steveo-1969 said:

You will probably get recommendations for both spinning and casting, but for me it really comes down to personal choice. After using spinning rods exclusively for the first 40 years of my life I bought my first casting rod. I found I enjoy using a baitcaster more than a spinning rod and eventually bought a casting rod that could throw lighter baits. 

 

Last Sunday I took my spinning rod fishing for the first time this year and I quickly realized I still prefer fishing with a casting rod!

Oh yeah I much prefer a castingrod over spinning, just easier to use. What kind of rod did you get for lighter weights? Length and strength etc. 

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I'm sure there are less expensive options out there than what I bought. But you will have to pry this combo out of my cold dead fingers!!!!!

 

G. Loomis NRX MBR 842c (7-foot Medium Fast, rated 1/8-3/8 ounce lure weight and 10-14# line)

Abu Garcia Revo LTX spooled with 10# fluorocarbon

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I throw the weightless stuff on a spinning rod, but I've only been fishing with baitcasters for a year. Not worth the hassle throwing super light baits on a baitcaster, imo. I'm also a bank fisherman, so I don't have the luxury of a rod locker. My med light spinning set up is pretty versatile. I throw weightless plastics, Ned rigs, smaller crankbaits, floating jerkbaits, and anything else that's not at least 3/8 of an ounce on it. Can't really afford to carry a 4th rod with me. I'm fishing in tight quarters with hills that I have to climb up and down when I move spots. 

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15 minutes ago, Steveo-1969 said:

You will probably get recommendations for both spinning and casting, but for me it really comes down to personal choice. After using spinning rods exclusively for the first 40 years of my life I bought my first casting rod. I found I enjoy using a baitcaster more than a spinning rod and eventually bought a casting rod that could throw lighter baits. 

 

Last Sunday I took my spinning rod fishing for the first time this year and I quickly realized I still prefer fishing with a casting rod!

My story is similar to yours. I much prefer baitcasters now. My spinning gear is being used for ned rigs and drop shots only.

 

I like throwing unweighted wacky rigs on a 6' or 6'6" medium power fast action Baitcaster rod.

 

I caught my PB largemouth of the year casting a 4" Yum Dinger wacky style on this kind of set-up.

 

My current favorite is my Kastking Speed Demon on a 6'6" med/fast Abu Garcia Vengeance rod. The whole set-up cost me less than $100

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This is a little off topic but I have a Shimano Compere Light action bait casting rod . I lost so many bass on that wimpy rod that I no longer use it .

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LOL. I have somewhat opposite story in that I was spinning,

then I went casting, and back to spinning for 95% of my fishing.

 

Have told it before and it is entirely a personal preference, should

not fall into the "spinning stinks" or "casting is the best" argument

because xyz... 

 

So let me say that you can do almost everything with casting gear.

I did find I liked it better initially. I am down to one casting setup,

well, two in that I've got one Chronarch 50e and two rods. A MH and

ML. The ML loads great with really light soft plastics. I honestly found

I could throw most everything with it that I could on spinning.

 

The reason I went back to mostly spinning is simply that I have less

issues with it - especially skipping, windy conditions, etc. I will say that

I set out to conquer all that with casting and did pretty well. It just

got to the point where I ended up asking myself if it were truly an

advantage to use casting. My answer was no.

 

So to your question, it seems you're getting the response that you might

actually want...casting. You know when you flip a coin say three times

over a couple choices and when the flips are done it tells you what you

really want.

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I believe a spinning rod has a place in everyone's locker, especially with the lightest of baits especially drops hot and weightless 4" senkos.  I do prefer the feel of casters, but there is always a spinning setup with a senko for the times I miss one on a CB or top water and need to get something out asap

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I personally prefer spinning for really light stuff. I like the hand position on spinning rods for senkos and the like. At this point their are two things I always throw on spinning tackle and it's weightless plastics and light jerkbaits. Everything else I have a caster for.

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My choice for what you describe is a medium light extra fast spinning rod.  At 5" worms I go casting.  Mlxf is great for a lot of baits shakey head dropshot flick shake flukes.  I use mine a ton and one of the three rods on my yak every trip.

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10 hours ago, BrackishBassin said:

I throw the weightless stuff on a spinning rod, but I've only been fishing with baitcasters for a year. Not worth the hassle throwing super light baits on a baitcaster, imo. I'm also a bank fisherman, so I don't have the luxury of a rod locker. My med light spinning set up is pretty versatile. I throw weightless plastics, Ned rigs, smaller crankbaits, floating jerkbaits, and anything else that's not at least 3/8 of an ounce on it. Can't really afford to carry a 4th rod with me. I'm fishing in tight quarters with hills that I have to climb up and down when I move spots. 

 

I'm also new to baitcasters, and a shore fisherman, but I don't have any problem throwing a weightless worm with my Tatula CT100 on a 6' UglyStik, but I've never tried anything as light as a Ned rig on that.  I have also used my spinning outfit for both weighted and weightless plastics, so I'd say that if it's lighter than a weightless 5" worm then I'll probably use the spinning rig.  

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10 hours ago, RPreeb said:

 

I'm also new to baitcasters, and a shore fisherman, but I don't have any problem throwing a weightless worm with my Tatula CT100 on a 6' UglyStik, but I've never tried anything as light as a Ned rig on that.  I have also used my spinning outfit for both weighted and weightless plastics, so I'd say that if it's lighter than a weightless 5" worm then I'll probably use the spinning rig.  

 

I've thrown a weightless worm with my baitcasting gear before, but it's just not an optimal set up for me. The lake I fish is really tough to bank fish. I'd upload some pictures, but I'm on my phone and they're way too big. My profile picture is from that lake. You might be able to see the shoreline in the background if you zoom in. That picture was taken in March before all the low growing stuff really gets going. Most of the spots require a climb up and/or down a hill and have lots of trees overhead and shrubs/grasses on the sides. 

 

I'm just not good enough yet to cast with my baitcasters from most of the spots I'm fishing from. There's a couple where I can toss a crankbait or jig with the baitcasters, but they have to be heavy enough for me to just lob them with minimal rod movement (like a foot max) to avoid a backlash from tagging some vegetation. 

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Spinning gear is going to be the easier path. Casting gear for lighter lures can be expensive.

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I like both spinning and casting about equality, with casting getting a slight nod in preference.  I have a few finesse casting combos that will throw any lure I could do with a spinning combo.  What determines my choice for the day tends to be the answer to "How far from my car will I be walking?".   When I am on foot I carry a single rod and while there are usually a few more in my car, I don't want to deal with a show stopping backlash when I am 3-5 miles from a spare reel.  On those days I take a spinning combo with me.  

 

I also pick a spinning combo if I am going to be using light lures around a lot of cover where I am going to be making a lot of "risky" casts.  My thumb is getting smarter every day but I would still rather throw light lures around cover with a spinning reel.  

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Casting for me unless the lure is very light, very light. Spinning reels are just not accurate enough for me and they are a lot of work to operate. Just been my experience with them thus far. Bait casting I grew up with, it is first nature for me.

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23 hours ago, Darren. said:

LOL. I have somewhat opposite story in that I was spinning,

then I went casting, and back to spinning for 95% of my fishing.

 

Pretty much the same here...I might say 90% spinning..I always keep a jig on a baitcaster for pitching. But any open water or cranking I prefer light line spinning reels.

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I don't care what any bubba says................your never going to catch all the bass  that you could be, if you don't implement a spinning rod for smaller, lighter stuff into your rotation. 

 

Sure, there are very high end, light line/lure specific tackle enthusiast grade casting rods and reels out there. But they come with a price, a very prohibitive price IMHO. Just try casting a 1/16th oz shaky head with a thin and light 4" finesse worm on casting gear that doesn't cost a small fortune. Just about any spinning rod/reel will handle such a task with ease.

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12 hours ago, ww2farmer said:

I don't care what any bubba says................your never going to catch all the bass  that you could be, if you don't implement a spinning rod for smaller, lighter stuff into your rotation. 

 

Sure, there are very high end, light line/lure specific tackle enthusiast grade casting rods and reels out there. But they come with a price, a very prohibitive price IMHO. Just try casting a 1/16th oz shaky head with a thin and light 4" finesse worm on casting gear that doesn't cost a small fortune. Just about any spinning rod/reel will handle such a task with ease.

Eh, the price on used Pixies has plummeted, there are nice ones going on ebay for right around $100.  Rods are getting easier to find, there are a bunch of MajorCraft rods in the $100-200 range and a two piece version is pretty cheap to ship, even from japan.  If one is willing to buy from Aliexpress, then Kuying rods become an option and then can be had for $50-70, shipped.  The availability of DIY/Ray's finesse spools lets a huge range of reels throw finesse lures for a $60 buy in.   

 

I think people also way underestimate how heavy lures and plastics are.  This is a 1/16oz Owner head with a fine wire hook and a 4" roboworm.

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Together they are just a bit under 3/16oz, which a stock SV105 can handle well enough and from what people are saying, a stock Tatula SV should be able to cast as well.  

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On 9/23/2017 at 10:42 PM, ww2farmer said:

I don't care what any bubba says................your never going to catch all the bass  that you could be, if you don't implement a spinning rod for smaller, lighter stuff into your rotation. 

 

Sure, there are very high end, light line/lure specific tackle enthusiast grade casting rods and reels out there. But they come with a price, a very prohibitive price IMHO. Just try casting a 1/16th oz shaky head with a thin and light 4" finesse worm on casting gear that doesn't cost a small fortune. Just about any spinning rod/reel will handle such a task with ease.

There are a good number of budget finesse reels out there as well as cheap finesse spools for popular baitcast reels.

 

Ray's Studio DIY spool for Tatula/Fuego CT

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Haibo Smart 50

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Kuying Thunder

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Kastking Stealth.  That light weight spool is a bit of a surprise.

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Johncoo Carbon.  Shallow spool is sold seperately and fits Kastking Assassin.

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Trulinoya XF-50.

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