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Best Time to Use Baitcaster vs. Spinning

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When is the best time or should I say bait/lure when using a spinning outfit or a baitcaster.

I've only ever used a baitcaster for bass. When is it better to use a spining?

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Spinning tackle:  Finesse fishing

Baitcasting gear: Power fishing

8-)

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^^^^  :) .. that being said i really never use spinning gear anymore ... in fact i dont even own a spinning outfit  ;D

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^^^^  :) .. that being said i really never use spinning gear anymore ... in fact i dont even own a spinning outfit  ;D

Yeah that's about where I'm at. I don't own a spinning outfit. I have all baitcasters. Oh well thought I would ask.

Now when is the absolute best time to fish topwater? What is better a spook or a buzzbait. I'm fishing a  small pond with no trees or anything.

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spinning:

  • when casting 1/8 oz. or lighter lures
  • when casting 1/4 oz. or lighter lures into the wind
  • when you need a straight vertical drop (i.e., when darterheading)
  • when you need extreme distance in your casts

casting:

  • all other times :)

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Baitcasters are good for heavy baits and line.

Spinning reels are good for not getting backlashes.  :)

I use spinning reels all the time because I am more comfortable with them.

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You may be surprised at how much nice a spinning setup can be. I can't imagine fishing shakeyheads, drop shot, flukes, and now even senkos on a BC. A spinning reel will allow you for much better distance with light lures as well as no backlashes when throwing into the wind.

IMO you need both.

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Spinning tackle:  Finesse fishing

Baitcasting gear: Power fishing

8-)

X2. Spinning tackle is usually used when baits are to light to fish with baitcasting tackle. In most cases a spinning reel takes lighter line and lighter line usually means a lighter rod which makes it easier to cast lighter baits. Baitcasters take heavier line which means a heavier rod and heavier baits. This doesn't mean a weightless worm cant be cast with a medium heavy or heavy rod but it wouldn't be easy.

  The best topwater time is early morning or late evening but don't be afraid to toss it out in the middle of the day, i got my first topwater bite at 4 o clock in the afternoon.

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I had always used baitcasters until about 2 years ago. After listening to other members here singing the praises of spinning gear, I broke down finally. I bought a Shimano Symetre 2500 and caught a Berkley Bionix MH at Wally World on clearance for $20. I use it mainly for fishing Super Flukes, finesse worms and in-line spinners (Mepps) on small lakes and ponds. They are a LOT of fun to fish! I hooked and landed a 6lb bass a couple of weeks ago. That's about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on :)!!!

Low light and warmer water is usually best for top water but if I get the itch any time is right. Topwater RULES...

                                  As Ever,

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i use my caster for spinners, jigs and crank baits. (heavy stuff)

then i use my spinning for soft plastics, topwater, and light crankbaits.

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lol im almost oppostie i like fishing poewrbaits such as cranks with my spinning rod because i feel i can cast farther, start the retreive sooner, and i prefer the reel that is farther out when reeling faster

but that is just imo

and i like baitcaster for spinners, senkos, jigs heavy stuff besides that except cranks  ;D

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