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tell why you like one or the other...

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Guest muddy

There is a place for each. I have 2 spinning rigs, one for pond hopping i keep in the truck. The other I keep in the boat with 4 baitcasting rigs. Once I got a lot of casting under my belt with the baitcasters I have about the same amount of overuns in a days fishing as having to deal with line twist on the spinning rigs

I basically throw smaller and lighter Rapalas and some smaller plastics with the spinning rigs and everything else i use baitcating for now. Just a matter of personal choice 8-)

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thanks, thats what i was wondering. I wasnt sure if it was personal choice or if they were used in different ways. so baitcasting is more heavy duty?

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Not neccessarily! There are fellas on these boards who can cast very light baits with baitcasting equipment who are far more experienced than me. I just wanted to learn how to Baitcast and as I become more proficient i will learn my prefrences. One seasons experience pales compred to most around here. You will get a lot more feedback on this from a lot of the fellas

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I fish with both without any distinction of need, application or technique. In the final run: baitcasters backlash, spinnig twists the line, it 's just the nature of the beast and there are ways to reduce or prevent both.

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I only use spinning tackle for very light lures that I can't cast well with a baitcasting outfit. That and the fact that, down here in the Deep South, you are liable to get your manhood questioned if you only use spinning tackle. ;) (LBH is going to start sending me ugly PMs again.)

If I were to be stuck using only spinning tackle the rest of my life, I wouldn't feel mistreated. Most of my largest bass have been caught on a Lightning Rod spinning rod that I have had for 20 years.

My only problem with spinning tackle is the inevitable line twist.

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For me it's like this:

Spinning tackle = finesse

Baitcasting gear = power fishing

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I fish with both without any distinction of need, application or technique. In the final run: baitcasters backlash, spinnig twists the line, it 's just the nature of the beast and there are ways to reduce or prevent both.

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olebiker- nothing ugly about those PM's,....did you get your flat tire yet?? ;) ;)

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olebiker- nothing ugly about those PM's,....did you get your flat tire yet?? ;) ;)

:o Not yet, but I will be riding my bicycle tomorrow morning.  I'll have to remember to pack an extra spare tube.

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Mr. Roadwarrior,

I certainly agree with your Power vs. Finesse for baitcasting vs. spinning... but I am interested in where you draw the line between the two.   Obviously a small drop-shot jig with a little soft plastic bait is finesse while a big flipping jig is power.  Where do you make the jump?  What would you use for a average 3/8 oz  crankbait or something else that is in-the-middle, baitcasting or spinning?  I am particularly trying to decide this question for my own use with weightless plastics that cast OK on either outfit.  Does this just come down to personal preference?  Thanks.

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You can still use casting for finesse and spinning for power.  I plan on getting back into casting to try out these new casting reels that have really changed over years.  It's been about 7 years since I bought a caster and I'm surprised by all the new tech I haven't been paying attention to.  I'm trying to find the one rod/reel setup for all my bass fishing, from the weightless senkos to the lightest swimbaits.  As for spinning, my problem is finding something I'll be comfortable with.  The more I look into finding a spinning rod/reel that will handle heavier lures (mainly swimbaits) and sometimes heavier line the bulkier it gets and I can't imagine casting with such a thing for even an hour.

For me right now.

Spinning: lighter lures

Baitcasting: heavier lures

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Mr. Roadwarrior,

I certainly agree with your Power vs. Finesse for baitcasting vs. spinning... but I am interested in where you draw the line between the two. Obviously a small drop-shot jig with a little soft plastic bait is finesse while a big flipping jig is power. Where do you make the jump? What would you use for a average 3/8 oz crankbait or something else that is in-the-middle, baitcasting or spinning? I am particularly trying to decide this question for my own use with weightless plastics that cast OK on either outfit. Does this just come down to personal preference? Thanks.

The short answer is for anything less than 1/2 oz, I'll generally use spinning equipment.

However, for "fast retrieve" lures I prefer baitcasting gear, so I have bought a rig to throw these lighter baits: St. Croix Avid AC70MM/ Shinano Metanium. An example would be a Norman Fat Boy shallow crank.

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I'll agree with most on here, I use the baitcasters for my heavier baits and heavier line applications.  I throw all of my finesse fishing techniques from the spinning rod.  Downside to baitcasters is the occasional backlash.  Downside to spinning reels is the line twisting up on you.  I hate going to set the hook not realizing there is a twist loop in the line and all it does is pull the loop out and misses the fish.  Happens too often to me when im not paying close enough attention.  

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Its my second day usin my new baitcaster and it hasnt been as much trouble as expected. i tried to cast a light rat-l-trap on it and it backlashed bigtime and ended up with a HUGE knot it in. now that i have a spinning and baitcast rig i think il use my spinning rig for light and baitcast for heavy like it was suggested to me  ;)

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I agree with R.W., spin=lighter/finesse, b/c=heavier/power-fishing. Although i do have a 7' med./hvy spinning rod with 10# test line that i use for lures to 5/8 oz. on those windy days, and for jigs and worms when it's calm.

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I'll use baitcasting for most applications.

Very light stuff is best done on spinning,

by very light I mean a weightless finesse worm.

Or split shotting with a with a 1/16th or 1/32nd oz. weight.

1/8th oz is the threshold for me.  a 1/8 oz jig will go on the bc.

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I'll use baitcasting for most applications.

Very light stuff is best done on spinning,

by very light I mean a weightless finesse worm.

Or split shotting with a with a 1/16th or 1/32nd oz. weight.

1/8th oz is the threshold for me. a 1/8 oz jig will go on the bc.

im the same way my friend 8-)

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