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Ok, so I thought I had it worked out - baitcaster for jigs, spinnerbaits, swimbaits (small ones) and top water frogs etc.  

Spinner rod for finesse techniques, all soft plastics weightless etc.  

I see however, some people using jigs on spinner rods - thus I am now confused again.  

Do I need a heavy rig baitcaster and a light spinner setup or can you use a spinner setup for jigs etc  If so are they only light ones?

I simply want to focus on a few techniques and have the best setup I can for them.

Thanks.

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It's all personal preferance. Some people use spinning gear exclusively, some use both, and some fish only baitcasters. Just use what you feel comfortable with.

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I prefer BC for worms and heavier lures. I use spinner for weightless worms or small lures and jerkbaits. I use a BC 95% of the time.

I suggest that you use whatever is the most comfortable for you and you get the highest hook set ratio.

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It all started to get confusing for me when I realized I can't cover a day of fishing with 1 rod and 1 type of lure.  So, I figured I need a minimum of 2 rods to cover the need for heavy stuff and another for light stuff.  I figured, well sure I can put 20lb test on my spinner but its probably better  on a dedicated heavy b/c which gives me experience with both.  I really love the b/c but I utterly HATE 20lb line (its the yo-zuri line).  My tackle store told me I NEED 20lb test for jigs, which I wanted to try.  I think a b/c caster is superior for pitching etc into fall downs, heavy cover, over hanging tree cover etc.  I also find the 20lb test and the b/c pull through heavy snags superbly.  My comfort though, is with finesse plastics and smaller lures, cranking etc.  

All that being said, if I could trade both rods and reels in for 1 g-loomis drop shot spinner I would probably do it in a second.  I find it hard to believe a well fed bass (stocked trout in Cali reservoirs) will hit a large lure often.  

I'm sure experience will prove me wrong there.  

So, how can I setup a single spinning rod rig to cover the options - seems to me I can't?  

Thoughts?

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the more variety you have the more you realize you need another rod for each technique!  ;D Eventually until you get to the point where you are dead broke and you have one rod and reel setup for each lure and technique possible. As of right now, i have 1 bc and 2 spin. bc for heavier stuff and 1 spinner for medium stuff, and the last spinner for finesse and light lures. I really like bc's so i am saving up for another one that casts like the spinner for the medium stuff.

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Keep in mind the term "jig" is pretty universal.  It could mean anything from a 1/6th ounce finesse jig to a 1-ounce flipping jig.  A spinning rod is for the former, a baitcaster for the latter.

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Do I need a heavy rig baitcaster and a light spinner setup or can you use a spinner setup for jigs etc If so are they only light ones?

Thanks.

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I use both for both, following the principle Glenn explained.  

1/4oz and less=spinning      1/4oz + = b/c

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To fish slow, I use spinning. But for faster retrieves, I use a bait caster. I have caught nothing on my baitcaster, but I just switched to a spinning, and killed them that time. To me it is usually about line weight too. For lighter line a spinning is preferred. For heavier line I use a baitcaster.

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As a 15 year old kid I taught myself to throws a very old Pflueger baitcaster (from my great grandfather's garage back in the mid 70's) with braided fishing line throwing at an empty coffee can in the back yard.  A baitcaster  is what I feel most comfortable with.  I have used spinning reels and I find that I am not as accurate with the spinner as I am with the baitcaster.  I have three rods that are 6'6" medium-heavy rods which all have the same brand of reel with different retrieval speeds.  I feel I am more accurate with different types of lures because I have the same size rod and reel combo.  I just have a minimal adjustment to the lure weight and not the rod and reel difference.  I do using different line sizes on each reel. Does this make any sense?  Just stick with what you feel comfortable with and throw the the most accurate and and don't keep swapping from spinning to baitcasting to spinning. My 2-cents worth.

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