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Question...Which normal priced setup casts farther ? Spin or bait ?

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 I watch pros reel a fish in 1/2 of  the total distance. I can not do that distance with 4 # braided on my old saltwater spin. 

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It depends on a ton of things. Lure weight, ballistic coefficient of the lure, line weight, guide size, rod length and action balance of spool brake settings... a ton of stuff goes into making a bomb cast. Between the two I would say that a baitcaster is more capable of consistently launching the bomb casts, but it's a moot point. Jerk baits and deep crank baits are the only lures I bomb, maybe you could include bottom contact baits for shore guys, but accuracy is far more important than distance. My 7'6" heavy favorite defender with 65lb braid could almost spool itself on the cast If I was throwing a 1.5oz swimbait but how often am I flinging a 1.5oz bullet through the air.

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I find I can cast farther with a baitcaster all else being equal, assuming the lure is on the heavier side. Esp if I am fishing down wind with the brakes eased off.

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Casting gear

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For raw casting distance spinning tackle is the way to go. No moving parts, braking or thumbing involved. 

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I can cast twice as far on my spinning set up with a pflueger president than my baitcasting set up with a revo stx which costs twice as much.  Always feels like an effort to cast with revo maybe something is wrong with it.  

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7 minutes ago, BillNye said:

I can cast twice as far on my spinning set up with a pflueger president than my baitcasting set up with a revo stx which costs twice as much.  Always feels like an effort to cast with revo maybe something is wrong with it.  

Which generation Revo?  My Gen1 will bomb lures.  Some of my longest casts were made with this reel and a 3/4 oz. spoon, 40# braid and 7' MHF Jupiter.

10 minutes ago, BillNye said:

I can cast twice as far on my spinning set up with a pflueger president than my baitcasting set up with a revo stx which costs twice as much.  Always feels like an effort to cast with revo maybe something is wrong with it.  

My brother-in-law that I fish with...who only uses spinning gear....thinks baitcast reels cast the furthest.  :D  I think Mike is probably right. 

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6 minutes ago, new2BC4bass said:

Which generation Revo?  My Gen1 will bomb lures.  Some of my longest casts were made with this reel and a 3/4 oz. spoon, 40# braid and 7' MHF Jupiter.

My brother-in-law that I fish with...who only uses spinning gear....thinks baitcast reels cast the furthest.  :D  I think Mike is probably right. 

Its gen 3 I believe I got it last summer during the big sale abu garcia had.  This is my first baitcaster so im a little leery to rip it open and see of whats going on with the bearings.

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1 minute ago, BillNye said:

Its gen 3 I believe I got it last summer during the big sale abu garcia had.  This is my first baitcaster so im a little leery to rip it open and see of whats going on with the bearings.

Mike Lawson of Delaware Valley Tackle cleaned mine.  Otherwise it is factory.  I don't like to tinker.  Should learn though as I have too many reels now to be sending them all out for cleaning.  Would almost have a down payment on a boat if I sent them all out at once.  :laugh50:

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It depends on rod size, lure weight, line size, etc.
 

I can cast a light lure on light line spinning gear with a 7' light action rod pretty far. I can also bomb a crankbait with a baitcaster spooled with 12# line on a 7' medium action rod.

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With a spinning rod and 12 pound Gliss, I can cast a 1/2 oz RES into any tree from anywhere on the lake.

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Spinning for distance 

Casting for accuracy 

 

To be honest my distance is very close with both. 

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I like baitcasters for raw distance, mostly because it doesn't hurt my fingers when releasing the line.

 

On a spinning reel, I'm holding the line with my index finger, and when I fling a lure out, there is abrasion on my index finger skin and the line, which starts to hurt over time. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, BillNye said:

Its gen 3 I believe I got it last summer during the big sale abu garcia had.  This is my first baitcaster so im a little leery to rip it open and see of whats going on with the bearings.

Have you opened the sideplate to make sure the centrifugal brakes are not all engaged? That would definitely choke a cast.

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1 hour ago, Choporoz said:

With a spinning rod and 12 pound Gliss, I can cast a 1/2 oz RES into any tree from anywhere on the lake.

I can't do it from anywhere in the lake, but I've caught a few trees in my lifetime.  :teeth:

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If you’re talking pure distance, then conventional reels win by a wide margin. Very few of the serious surf casting guys are fishing spinning reels because they aren’t capable of making the casts they need to make. However, I doubt very seriously that you’re talking about throwing baits 200+ yards. 

 

In the end, I think distance is less important than accuracy when it comes to bass fishing.

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17 hours ago, rippin-lips said:

Casting gear

Unless you are talking a 1" weightless grub or 1/32oz hair jig .  You can cast a knot with a spinning reel.  There is no bfs spool that takes less inertia to spin than line just flowing off a spinning reel. 

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I think line slap against the guides really limits spinning gear vs baitcasting gear. I think that's why you can cast a lot farther with properly setup casting gear.

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Was always told spinning will cast further but there is a local stocked pound that we fish on the regular and my best casting spinning rod 7’ medium avid x with a shimano nasci. I can make it almost 3/4 across the pound. My Stradic ci4+ with my loomis just a little less distance. But all my casting will atleast match distance and a few will surpass for sure!!

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Really depends on the weight your throwing. Light stuff spinning. 3/8 oz and up casting. 

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8 hours ago, Choporoz said:

With a spinning rod and 12 pound Gliss, I can cast a 1/2 oz RES into any tree from anywhere on the lake.

Gliss cast phenomenal 

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On 5/21/2018 at 7:35 PM, Burros said:

Gliss cast phenomenal 

True that. I have Gliss on one of my spinning rods, a medium Exage with a Sustain reel. When I put on a Spinbait or anything with a thin profile, I can sling that thing further than anything I can do with a casting reel. 

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On 5/21/2018 at 11:48 AM, Junger said:

I like baitcasters for raw distance, mostly because it doesn't hurt my fingers when releasing the line.

 

On a spinning reel, I'm holding the line with my index finger, and when I fling a lure out, there is abrasion on my index finger skin and the line, which starts to hurt over time. 

 

 

make sure you are laying the line near the tip of your index finger and not in the crease where the joint is.

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Just by nature, the spinning gear should be able to cast much farther. This is because the angular momentum of the spool can only get so high along with the inherent drag when dealing with rotating mass. Whereas the spinning setup only has the increased line slap because of the spool design to overcome when casting. The reason you might see pros bombing lures with a casting setup versus a spinning setup is because of lure weight. If you think about it, you only use spinning gear when trying to finesse fish and you size down your tackle accordingly. You don't see pros out there punching mats with a spinning rod, likewise you don't see pros throwing 1\16 ounce jigs on casting setups. 

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