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Don't ask me - 60% of my arsenal is spinning rods.

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Constantly flipping the bail, wind knots, the slower techniques and lighter lines associated with their use, not as accurate, etc.

 

I, however, love them. Whereas a lot of guys carry very few (maybe 1-3) spinning outfits in their lineup, about 40% of my setups are spinning setups. Well, it isn't so much that I love the spinning setups themselves, but that I love finesse fishing. I'm not so stubborn that I'll try to use a baitcaster for a drop shot, Ned Rig, etc because I also don't reach for the screwdriver to hammer nails or the fork to eat soup.

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Some guys are lucky, because they never have to throw light baits in windy conditions.

 

I don't know any musky guys who use spinning gear, except in late fall, when levelwinds freeze and break.

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12 minutes ago, Glaucus said:

Constantly flipping the bail, wind knots, the slower techniques and lighter lines associated with their use, not as accurate, etc.

 

Ditto!

etc etc

 

 

 

 

Mike

 

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25 minutes ago, Glaucus said:

Constantly flipping the bail, wind knots, the slower techniques and lighter lines associated with their use, not as accurate, etc.

 

 

The accuracy claim is the one I don't understand. There is no good reason for a spinning rod to be inherently less accurate than a baitcaster.   I rather suspect this claim is based on simply having less experience (i.e., less practice) casting to targets with spinning rods than with baitcasters.

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1 minute ago, MIbassyaker said:

 

The accuracy claim is the one I don't understand. There is no good reason for a spinning rod to to be inherently less accurate than a baitcaster.   I rather suspect this claim is based on simply having less experience (i.e., less practice) casting to targets with spinning rods than baitcasters.

I have to agree. I got my first (good) spinning reel when I was 12, my first baitcaster when I was 27. My accuracy with the spinning reel is built on 15 more years of experience with it. I dare-say I can hit a target with my spinners easier than I can with my baitcasters.

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Thumb vs Finger and a little arthritis......make the BC easier.

 

But skipping is easier for me with spinning gear

 

 

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Love spinning rods, wouldn't leave home without a couple of em. I catch a lot of fish the power fishers miss because they won't use a spinning setup.

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I don't even have my first bait caster...  :sad-023: 

 

I still need to master the works of the spinning reel...

 

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16 minutes ago, MIbassyaker said:

 

The accuracy claim is the one I don't understand. There is no good reason for a spinning rod to be inherently less accurate than a baitcaster.   I rather suspect this claim is based on simply having less experience (i.e., less practice) casting to targets with spinning rods than with baitcasters.

I can pitch to a target with a lot more accuracy than I can get out of a spinning rod. I'm backwards in that I started on casting gear, but I know for a fact I've spent more hours with spinning gear. Casting something like a squarebill is a lot more accurate with casting gear too. However if I'm casting a soft plastic in a traditional way, the spinning rod is more accurate. This is just me.

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All spinning for me, no complaints, no birds nests either.

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4 minutes ago, JLindsey said:

Cuz they don’t make a cool WHIZZZZZZ noise, duh 

Yeah but I'm confident in saying that there is no better sound in fishing than a fish peeling drag on a spinning reel. So satisfying.

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I like fishing light lines, with light rods, and smallish lures. I prefer smallies and the water where they live. Dragging fish out of heavy weeds, skiing them back to the boat with with baitcasters isn’t the way I like to fish. 

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Being from South Dakota, 90% of the population targets walleye and I grew up with a spinning rod in hand. Now that I’m getting the hang of baitcasters I don’t even want to go back to spinning gear, yet I know how reliable and simple they are to use.. 😂

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I usually take two spinning setups when I go fishing. Don't mind using them but only get the out when I can't get a bite on a baitcaster.

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I use spinning and baitcasting about half and half, and some presentations I fish on both more or less interchangeably, such as light texas rigs, jerkbaits, and some shallow crankbaits. 

 

But if I ever go somewhere and bring just one rod, it is a spinning rod. 

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1 hour ago, BoatSquirrel said:

Why do people hate spinning rods? 

Different tools for different jobs.

 

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They are a tool.  I use spin/BC rods/reels about equally depending on what I'm doing

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I can't imagine life without both and probably use each about 50% of the time.  I know people that only use spinning rods and I know people that only use BC rods.  To each his own.  

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I like both. I use spinning in the river for smallies  exclusively and both for largemouth depending on what I’m doing. I am accurate with both but can hit holes in weeds more accurate with a baitcaster. 

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What’s the opinion on using spinning rod for cranks, swim baits, and spinner baits? If you like them what gear ration you use? Got a lews xfinity combo from Walmart and it’s 6:2.1. Curious if that ration would be sufficient for those baits. 

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