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I have done both, and am about to invest in a better setup. Any suggestions? Any reasoning for one or the other?

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I prefer baitcasting gear. Better control on the drop by thumbing the spool & a quicker hook set if bit on the drop. You can set the hook without engaging the reel by thumb pressure. Most of my dropshotting is at 20 feet or deeper. Line tension knob also allows fine tuning the rate of descent.

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I prefer baitcasting gear. Better control on the drop by thumbing the spool & a quicker hook set if bit on the drop. You can set the hook without engaging the reel by thumb pressure. Most of my dropshotting is at 20 feet or deeper. Line tension knob also allows fine tuning the rate of descent.

This makes sense. What's your favorite dropshot combo?

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Depends on how much weight you'll be using. I use as little as 1/8th pretty frequently, so I always use spinning gear (G. Loomis DSR822S). If you always use 1/4 oz or more, you may be happy with a casting DS rig. I struggle with BC's below 1/4 oz, so it was an easy choice for me. Good luck!

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For me it is a weight and depth thing. 

   If I am casting lighter weights(1/8) or going deep(15ft+) then I prefer the spinning.  I think the feel is a little better with spinning gear and the more vertical presentation.  For my spinning rig I have a Pflueger Supreme matched up with a Carrot Stix drop shot rod (CLTX721MHDS).

   I usually go with the bc if am going heavier than 1/8 and looking to do a more horizontal presentation in shallow water.  For me I like being able to have a little more pinpoint casting control from the bc to get that worm right up against a brush edge, or whatever else I may be casting at. I also agree with Dwight about being able to set the hook quicker on the drop, which is even more relevant in shallow water.  For my bait casting set up I have a Pflueger Patriarch matched up with a Daiwa Cielo (TDCEL661WJ).

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i started out dropshotting with casting gear because i try to avoid spinning gear whenever i can. i got both of the shimano crucial technique-specific dropshot rods in 6'6" (CRC-D66M) and 7'0" (CRC-D70M) and, man, are they sweet rods. paired with a daiwa sol or shimano chronarch 50MG and they feel great.

however, the more i dropshotted, the more i found that i actually preferred spinning gear for that technique. since pinpoint accuracy is often NOT an issue, i could get away with spinning gear. plus, working the bait is easier on the wrist when the weight of the reel is hanging under the rod. i also liked the quicker drop getting the bait down to the strikezone faster.

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My newly favorite dropshot rig is a NRX 802C JWR with a core50MG7 using 10lb suffix performance braid. I decide to spoil myself.

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I prefer casting unless I have a finger guard because I always get that cut in my finger from casting with spinning.

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Send me your address and I will send you my setup to try. I really can't fish the rest of this year so you can try it out.

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