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left or right handed? newbie question.

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Ok this may seem like a very silly question...

With my spinning reels I reel with my left hand but hold my rod with my right hand.

When looking at baitcasting reels all the "right" handed reels you reel with your "right" hand and hold the rod with your left...

Can someone clear this up?  It feels like I should be getting a left handed bait casting reel then unless I'm missing something obvious?

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It's whatever feels comfortable to you. For spinning, I reel with my left hand. For baitcasting, I reel with my right hand. It's all about what feels better to you.

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Ok just wanted to make sure there wasn't a reason I was missing as to why it may be done like that.  Just seems kind of silly to cast with my right hand, switch the rod to my left to reel.  

To bad left handed bait casters are more difficult to find it seems.

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[movedhere] General Bass Fishing Forum [move by] Glenn.

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It all comes down to what feels comfortable to you.

Later, :o

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Hmm...

This comes up twice a week. Here's the answer according

to one of the top guides in the country:

George Welcome

Sebastian, Florida

Why is the reel handle on the right hand side.

Aug 22nd 2007

Let's get technical, as there are in fact reasons, not just some lame holdover from days past that put the handles where they are.

What will move the fish during retrieval is placed to the strong hand!

A baitcast is designed to be used as a winch, so it is the reel that retrieves the fish. Hence if you are right handed the handle is in your right hand.

A spinning reel is designed to pick up unloaded or loose line, not retrieve the fish. Hence it is the rod that does the retrieval, so it is the rod that is in your strong hand. If you are right handed then the pole goes to the right hand.

     

George Welcome

Sebastian Florifda

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Just seems kind of silly to cast with my right hand, switch the rod to my left to reel.

youre right, it is silly and it took me about 15 yrs to figure that out. ive converted most of my reels to left hand retrieve and i feel like i have more lure control and feel with plastics/jigs.

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If you are going to palm the reel during retrieve you will probably be better off casting and retrieving with the same hand.

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There is no science behind either - choose which one you are most comfortable with.  Most skateboarders skate with their strong foot in the rear; some prefer the other way (this style is called "goofy foot") and still are as good as the best out there.  The point is there is no right or wrong here, it's all preference and style.

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There is no science behind either...

Well, I certainly don't agree with that statement and have already

posted George Welcome's summary of "The Science". If you think

that only applies to salt water fishing, that's fine, but there is in fact

a reason for designating left or right hand retrieve.

8-)

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Well, I certainly don't agree with that statement and have already

posted George Welcome's summary of "The Science". If you think

that only applies to salt water fishing, that's fine, but there is in fact

a reason for designating left or right hand retrieve.

8-)

George Welcome's summary is "a" reason to use one side or the other.  And it is based on assumptions both in fishing style (I personally don't winch my fish, so the science is invalid for me) and also that one can't winch with a spinning reel.

So I will have to respectfully disagree with Mr. Welcome.

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Most skateboarders skate with their strong foot in the rear; some prefer the other way (this style is called "goofy foot") and still are as good as the best out there.
Actually, 'goofy" or "regular" foot has NOTHING to do with "strong foot" in back or front. Regular is is left foot forward, and goofy is right foot forward. It derives from surfing.

I'm right handed, right footed, skate goofy, throw right, bat left, golf left, and reel using both left and right handed baitcasters, depending on the app.

:o

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