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Casting Accuracy Spin VS Baitcst

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Just curious I have recently reintroduced my self to spinning rods & reels. I used them when I was a kid 30 yrs ago. But when I started fishing again after a few long breaks off and on through the years somehow . I taught myself to cast a bait caster and never really learned how to cast  a spinning reel on the same level. Now I am learning there are many benefits to spinning combos (thanks to this site re energizing me to fish on another level) OK |OK here is the question can you learn to cast a spinning combo as accurate as a bait-caster???

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With practice you can become very accurate with a spinning reel, but unless you put significantly more time in with a spinner than a baitcaster most people are going to be more accurate with the baitcaster.

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I forgot to mention I find it much more difficult to hit targets you know with the finger on the line and all. Let it go at the perfect time any tips will help.

Thanks

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I forgot to mention I find it much more difficult to hit targets you know with the finger on the line and all. Let it go at the perfect time any tips will help.

Thanks

skno

The 'finger on the line' thing that you mention will totally kill a spinning reel cast unless you are well practiced, but I also expect that the quality of the reel as well as the rod plays a big part in the casting of a lure with a spinning outfit.

Too, different people use different spinning tackle for different applications.

Broadly, I guess I would say, its probably not advisable to use your bluegill setup to try to skip a bass worm or tube under a boat dock.

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I seem to be more accurate when pitching or flipping with a spinning reel. This may seem odd but I do it because the line comes off with so little effort.

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Neither set-up (spin vs. casting) is more accurate than the other.

YOU will be more accurate with what you use and practice with the most.

With that being said, each set-up has specific techniques that can be easier to do making each technique more accurate and that may vary greatly by individual.  

 IE....I can skip a bait more accurately (and effectively) with a spin set-up. I am more proficient and accurate when flipping and pitching when using a casting set-up. Those are just examples :(

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hey man, just practice. I would rather have a spinning rod when using a light lure over a baitcaster. Don't start out with a light action rod. My experiences with one has been devastating. lol They just take a little while to get used to the flex.  Just take your spin gear out there and have a good time with it. It won't be long before it becomes second nature. Good luck :(

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One tip I can give you is to learn other casts with the spinning reel other than just straight overhand cast that we all knew.  You can also get a lot of distance and accuracy by doing underhand casts or "spinning" the lure and using that momentum to load the rod and toss the lure.  This works really well for me.

Also learn to "feather" the line comming off the reel to help control distance and speed of the lure.

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vicdotcom wrote:

One tip I can give you is to learn other casts with the spinning reel other than just straight overhand cast that we all knew. You can also get a lot of distance and accuracy by doing underhand casts or "spinning" the lure and using that momentum to load the rod and toss the lure. This works really well for me.

Also learn to "feather" the line comming off the reel to help control distance and speed of the lure.

Ditto.

I use a two-handed sidearm cast (rod held low) a lot, which generates speed for a low flat trajectory. I also feather the spool by draping the fingers of my rod hand onto the spool at the end of the cast, which provides the same result as thumbing a baitcaster -slowing the lure as it nears the target and/or stopping it completely when it gets there. Eventually you'll get a feel for distance -you probably already have it as it's the same for baitcasting.

I'd also suggest that when casting you look at your exact target for inches accuracy -same as for baitcasting.

I check loose loops just after I close the bail after a cast with my index finger immeditely in front of the spool. This helps the line go on taut, so loose loops won't get pinned down underneath incoming line and hamper later casts, or worse.

I keep the line wet too, which helps it's in casting and line handling consistency as dry line is apt to be coiled and stiffer.

I backreel, instead of using drag, to reduce line twist.

I believe a shorter rod is more accurate than a longer one. This may just be my familiarity, but I think the shorter distance (smaller angle) between my eyes and the tip-top of the rod makes it easier to judge. I wonder if others find this too?

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Casting accuracy is the same on both, it 's a matter of practice.

I am dead accurate with either.

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id say the baitcaster is more accurate for long range casts because you can slightly over cast the lure and use your thumb to slow and stop the lure before it flys over the target.

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Shorter the rod the more accurate the cast.

And that's that.  :(

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Casting accuracy is the same on both, it 's a matter of practice.

I am dead accurate with either.

x2 with Raul and Bassnleo.

The angler influences accuracy more than the reel. Deadly with either also.

Case in point. If I raced Lance Armstrong in a bike race with me on the lightest carbon fiber bicycle out there and he on a 30# huffy, he'd still kick my tail. It wasn't the bike but the engine. :(

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Thanks I will be practicing. That underhanded cast seems will be very helpful gettin in the tight places..

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I used to practice in the yard. I would over head cast and try to hit a garbage can. I would undarhand and try to hit a garbage can lying on its side. (simulating casting under overhead limbs) It improved my accuracy but, the nieghbors though I was insane!

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Casting accuracy is the same on both, it 's a matter of practice.

I am dead accurate with either.

I'm equally likely to miss the side of a barn with either one. The reeds and trees at my pond have enough of my baits to prove it ;D

One advantage of the baitcaster is that if I can see my bait is going in the reeds, I can instantly stop the forward progress with my thumb. It's not as quick to stop with a spinning reel.

Even if I'm casting into open water, I try to visualize the place where I want the lure to land. I also try to practice different trajectories to get to the same place.

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I'm equally likely to miss the side of a barn with either one. The reeds and trees at my pond have enough of my baits to prove it ;D

Even if I'm casting into open water, I try to visualize the place where I want the lure to land. I also try to practice different trajectories to get to the same place.

LOL.

You know you have mastered the art of casting when you visualize the place where you want the bait to land and it magically lands where you want it to land.  :(

Really, it 's a matter of eye-hand coordination, to master it you have to practice frequently.

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Spinning reels are only good for three things:

a)Skipping under tight overhangs

:(  Finesse fishing with 8 lb test or smaller

c)  Shooting crappie jigs under docks

Other than those three uses, why would you need to use one?  Why would anyone want to deal with the twisted line and the lack line capacity?  Yes you can probably cast at the same spots a baitcaster can but how much splash do you  produce in doing so?  Plus, there is no way someone can accurately and consistently pitch with a spinning reel.  Don't get me wrong I love skipping baits with a spinning reel--especially in the summer when I  need  to get that frog under that overhang and in that 1 ft diameter shade pocket.   :)

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Yes you can probably cast at the same spots a baitcaster can but how much splash do you produce in doing so?

Not much splash if you use an underhanded or sidearm throw from a spinning reel. You have a much lower trajectory. Remember, there are many more ways to throw a spinner reel than just overhand. Ill let other people tackle the "only good for" remark lol

Also Welcome to the boards :(

Vic

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Accuracy is more angler then reel.  Its more personal preference on accuracy with the reel.  Which ever your more comfortable with you will be more accurate with.  Im just as accurate with a spinning as i am a casting, i just prefer casting reels.

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i can hit any spot with a baitcaster but a spinning combo is more of a challenge. i very slightly keep my finger on the spool as i cast and if there is a need i can stop the line.

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