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I am not a spinning reel guy. I am just wondering if some of you spinning reel guys talk enlighten me on some things. Other than easily slingshotting baits under docks, what is the benefit of a spinning reel? What can they do that I can't do with a BC? And yes I can skip,flip, and pitch craws and creatures under docks with my BC's just fine. I can drop shot and cast light lures without a problem.

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Go with what you like, my preference is spinning and one of the main reasons is I like the reel sitting under the rod, I feel it's better balanced. I also like the way I can play a fish with spinning.  No question conventional reels and rods handle larger fish better, but we may differ on what we think larger is. With that said I'm a light tackle fisherman.

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Burley ( Urley, burley or whatever screen name he got this week ) has a point here: even the most sophisticated spinning reels create line twist, some less some more but still, they twist the line and some baits on a spinning reel are the worse line twisters, in-line spinners and tubes with an internal jighead, man after a while you are fishing with a slinky instead of fishing line, so that 's a con.

Some of the pros include:

1.- Price, you can get a really nice spinning reel for little money, you won 't get a so-so BC reel with the same money.

2.- Spinning reels because of the line delivery system can cast practically anything.

3.- Spinning reels depending upon model and size can be a lot faster than the fastest bc reels, for little money.

Some say spinning reels lack of power, not true, 2000ish size spinning reels are very powerful machines.

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When did line twist become an advantage?

That's a BURLEYism ;)

He has his own dictionary.

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For my normal fishing, there are two instances where I prefer spinning reels.  The first is river fishing from my kayak.  I'm sometimes using lures as light as 1/16 oz, and often casting in tight quarters, or in all directions.  A spinning reel is much easier to cast in those situations.

The second situation is a little more rare, but any time I know the drag will be used a lot (usually brown trout or carp fishing with 4lb test).  The drag washers in my spinning reels are much larger, and create a smoother and more consistant drag at light settings.

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When drop shotting, I dislike that I have to pull line off the spool with a casting reel. More a peeve than anything else, but with a spinning reel, you get an effortless (on your part) vertical drop when you need it. The point is moot drop shotting with heavier weights.

As Raul already mentioned, you can get a lot of reel for your money with a spinning reel.

Also, if you need a burner reel, go with a spinning reel.

A casting burner reel with a gear ratio of 7.x:1 typically brings in 30" of line or so.  A bass sized spinning reel (2500-4000) with a lower gear ratio, like 6.x:1 or even lower will bring in about 34" of line.

Maybe burner casting reels ought to be called back burner reels compared to the their spinning counterparts. ;D

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I prefer spinning reels when I'm fishing at night. I can just open the bail and cast without worrying about backlash.

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#1 No backlash when a Senko goes airborne! I fish all      

     weightless soft plastics on spinning tackle.

#2 Better drag release when a big brown fish takes off!

#3 Generally handles lighter line better.

#4 Much faster line retrieve.

#5 Greater casting distance and better accuracy for me.

And #6 Raul,

You can spend as much as you like on spinning reels, too!

Note: The new Shimano spinning reels may not have "eliminated" line twist, but it has been dramatically reduced.

8-)

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I personally love a good spinning rod.  My baitcasters outnumber my lonely spinning rod 9:1 but that one spinning rod goes everywhere I go, some baitcasters get traded or left behind but not my spinning rod.  I feel that they are way more versatile than a baitcaster and way easier to operate.  Some say casting accuracy is lost but I find I am more accurate with my spinning rod.  Some guys don't like them and I cant understand why, it's like some people get the idea that a spinning rod is just for UL applications or nothing at all.

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spare spool.

Unfortunately the 2009 Shimano spinning reels don't provide any spare spool. >;) >:) >:) >:)

The lower priced reels do not include a spare spool.  That change was made to keep the initial cost of ownership lower.

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The lower priced reels do not include a spare spool. That change was made to keep the initial cost of ownership lower.

That was not the case for the very popular Symetre. The previous version Symetre FI was listed at $79.99 and it came with a high quality spare spool. The current Symetre FJ is listed at much higher price $99.99 and no spare spool at all. ;)

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Yes, but how much value was added to the Symetre FJ with the upgrade?

Each of the lower priced Shimano spinning reels now offer features that were only offered in the Stradic, Sustain or Stella before.

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for serious Bigmouth fishing a bait-caster is a must.. i would love to see video of a person making a 50 foot pitch with out a splash on a spinning reel...

Spinning reels are good for one thing... finesse fishing.. and by that i mean super light baits.. but even that is becoming a moot point with reels like the 50mg

but to each his own

I have a friend who is an avid fisherman and wont fish anything but spin casting reels... it's pretty funny gloomis rods with zebco 33's

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A spare spool costs $25 from Shimano. It's actually 56% price hike from fi to fj.

(99.99+25)/79.99= 156%

the upgrade costs way too much.

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Yes, but how much value was added to the Symetre FJ with the upgrade?

Each of the lower priced Shimano spinning reels now offer features that were only offered in the Stradic, Sustain or Stella before.

Not to hijack anything but what features are you talking about? I am gonig to be picking up a spinning outfit most likely tommarow and looking at all the differences and what not. If the lower priced shimano's are a real steal now and are better bang for the buck than the abu or pfluegur gets me thinking.

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A spare spool costs $25 from Shimano. It's actually 56% price hike from fi to fj.

(99.99+25)/79.99= 156%

the upgrade costs way too much.

Take that up with Shimano.

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Yes, but how much value was added to the Symetre FJ with the upgrade?

Each of the lower priced Shimano spinning reels now offer features that were only offered in the Stradic, Sustain or Stella before.

Not to hijack anything but what features are you talking about? I am gonig to be picking up a spinning outfit most likely tommarow and looking at all the differences and what not. If the lower priced shimano's are a real steal now and are better bang for the buck than the abu or pfluegur gets me thinking.

Post the question in the Shimano Support Forum.

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