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Looking to upgrade my current pitching and flipping reel. Can a Bait Finesse baitcaster handle pitching/flipping duty just fine...? Or would it be too 'underpowered'...? 

 

My current reel feels heavy and a little bit big, which makes comfort and palm-a-bility a little bit cumbersome for someone with small hands like mine.

 

I have been getting into some bait finesse type stuff and I noticed the BFS reels are 'super light', smaller in size and just way more comfortable. I love pitching and flipping but I hate how a heavy and cumbersome reel can wear you out when on the water for a good amount of time. 

 

I know there is the whole reel modding scene where you can upgrade or change out parts for whatever parts suit your applications better. Should I just mod a BFS reel with more powerful parts...? I always see guys mod the hell out of Daiwa Pixys that are called 'Pixzillas'. Should I be looking to buy or do something like this...? 

 

I know that the Shimano Core 50 is really small and light. Can this reel handle some pitching and flipping duty while also being solid and reliable...? I know the Daiwa Steez is pretty light and small...But do guys actually use a steez for Pitching and Flipping...? Most people I know that use a steez...either mod it for BFS or use it for open water reaction type baits.

 

I need a reel that is small and light like a BFS baitcaster...but that has powerful parts that can take a beating and will still be very reliable for pitching and flipping duty. What current reels on the market can do this...? 

 

 

 

 

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You can flip/pitch with any casting reel. It's more about the teqnique. I've flipped and pitched for years with an older ABU 4600c.Its works good. It's all about thumbing the reel

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What are "powerful parts "?

 

any metal framed reel with a good drag should work fine. 

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1 hour ago, ITO_ZILLION said:

Looking to upgrade my current pitching and flipping reel. Can a Bait Finesse baitcaster handle pitching/flipping duty just fine...? Or would it be too 'underpowered'...? 

 

My current reel feels heavy and a little bit big, which makes comfort and palm-a-bility a little bit cumbersome for someone with small hands like mine.

 

I have been getting into some bait finesse type stuff and I noticed the BFS reels are 'super light', smaller in size and just way more comfortable. I love pitching and flipping but I hate how a heavy and cumbersome reel can wear you out when on the water for a good amount of time. 

 

I know there is the whole reel modding scene where you can upgrade or change out parts for whatever parts suit your applications better. Should I just mod a BFS reel with more powerful parts...? I always see guys mod the hell out of Daiwa Pixys that are called 'Pixzillas'. Should I be looking to buy or do something like this...? 

 

I know that the Shimano Core 50 is really small and light. Can this reel handle some pitching and flipping duty while also being solid and reliable...? I know the Daiwa Steez is pretty light and small...But do guys actually use a steez for Pitching and Flipping...? Most people I know that use a steez...either mod it for BFS or use it for open water reaction type baits.

 

I need a reel that is small and light like a BFS baitcaster...but that has powerful parts that can take a beating and will still be very reliable for pitching and flipping duty. What current reels on the market can do this...? 

 

 

 

 

Aldebaran

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For Flipping, the reel doesn't really matter too much.  

 

Since you probably mean Pitching, just get something fast and comfortable in your hand.  Nothing really special required.

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Several years ago Gary Klien worked with (Shimano?) to add a flipping switch to lock down the drag and a few other reels followed. I don't believe flipping reels are currently offered.

Most anglers just button down the drag to the point it doesn't slip for flipping or pitching. Caution; if you lock down your drags remember to loosen it after each trip to prevent damaging the components.

Tom

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Pitching all day in heavy cover can be tough and tiring. Big hooksets, weights, and fish are combinations that make pitching grass or vegetation feel like hand to hand combat at times. Not sure a reel change is gonna make it "that" much easier. But ive been wrong before

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I use an MGX for flipping, punching. frogging etc. Its held up to the abuse better than the 2 Curados I also use for punching. Both of my Curados the drag will slip randomly on hook sets. Having said that, I also live in Illinois where I dont have to really worry about sticking a 9 lber in a mat. I have hooked into my fair share of northern with an MGX and it handled it just fine though.

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16 hours ago, WRB said:

I don't believe flipping reels are currently offered.

There's still a few out there:

 

https://www.bassresource.com/fishing_lures/rod-reel-pinnacle-review.html

 

Most of the flipping reels either automatically engage the spool, or add a button on top that engages the spool, without turning the handle.  Some, like Daiwa, can be engaged by flicking the bottom of the thumb bar up with your thumb.

 

At any rate, you can pitch and flip with any reel.  For heavy cover, I'm looking for a reel with a strong frame, gears, and drag. 

 

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Shimano 70 XG. It is small, light, and strong. It also has a fairly shallow spool so you don't have to pile on tons of line for a short-range technique. If using flouro I like to add some braid backing to fill up a little less than half the spool so I am not wasting expensive line. If using braid I have been using 30# PP because the warranty is void if you use heavier braid. And I have not had an issue with the line breaking.

 

If you can afford it swap the bearings for full ceramics or hybrids. If you can't swing that then carefully pry one of the shields off each bearing (there are only 2) and soak them in acetone to get all the grease out. IMHO you want your bearings dry so they spin freely and require as little startup force as possible.

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