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Probably here this question quite a bit but...

I have both a bait casting reel and a spinning reel I do different types of fishing like crank baits, spinners, fishing with worms and minnows. But I am befuddled as to when to use what one. Can someone give me a brief overview as to when to use what type of reel and why. Thanks ;)

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1. Bait caster-----Any lure over 1/4 oz.

2. Spinning reel-----Any lure 1/4 oz. and below.

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i fish a spinning rod/reel when:

1) casting really light lures

2) when i want the lure to fall straight down without me stripping out a bunch of line by hand (e.g., dartheading or dropshotting)

i don't fish a spinning reel whenever i can do the same or better with a baitcasting reel because i like the feel and control better of a baitcaster and i don't have to worry about line twist.

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Fortunately both reels can get the job done for most situations. The already provided guidelines are an excellent recommendation.

Bottomline it boils to down preference for each application. I am one who loves to use both because I see both as tools.

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Fishing from a boat: I bring 4 rods, 3 baitcasters and 1 spinning. The spinning reel is rigged for dropshotting, a technique I HATE, but will catch fish when nothing else seems to be working. For everything else, I prefer baitcasters.

Wading Streams: When wading small streams, the spinning rig is definitely easier to use.

Shore Fishing: Depends on the pond. If there are a lot of overhanging limbs to battle, I'll bring a short spinning rod, this usually gives me a more accurate cast with very little arm movement.  If I have room to move along shore, I'll choose the baitcaster.

This is all personal opinion. Some guys can do it all with a spinning reel. Some guys can do it all with a baitcaster. I like a little of both.

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