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Another question that I don't know if it is just lack of experience or what, but I have a really hard time with my accuracy with a spinning reel, but it is pretty good with a baitcaster.  Is this normal or do I just need more practice?

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Folks will respond "practice".  I surely don't practice enough with my spin outfits so, I suffer accuracy.  To somewhat remedy this I try and keep my casts short when using spinning eq.  I've used the stuff +20 years and mostly suck at casts beyond 35 feet.  The baitcaster accuracy is much better.  I think its because I have better control at the release and can thumb the spool to maintain distance.

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I exclusively use spinning reels.

When trying to make pin-point casts, I tend to intentionally cast a little too far and then I'll use my left hand to gently touch the line around the bail to drop the bait.

I s'pose it's sort of the same idea as using your thumb on a bait caster to drop the bait.

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If I were you I would get out in my backyard or somewhere you have a lot of room at tie on a washer different weight types and cast to a certain target I got good at this and it has helped me a lot in the long run...

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Years ago I used spinning reels alot and controlled the line with my index finger.  Useing your left hand may be easier like Gobbledog said.  I have gotten where my casting stinks anymore with spinning reel.   But I rarely use them, and I think most of it is just not used to the rods.

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I do the same thing as gobbledog. I use my left hand to put pressure on the line to slow the bait down. The other thing is just pratice. Hope this helps and good luck.

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Thanks to everyone for the input.  I think some practice is in order, but I also think that I am leaning toward using my baitcast set up more as well, and keeping the spinning set up for really light stuff, like grubs and such or when fishing with out a lot of surface cover, like exposed trees.

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Spinning reels do have their place.  I know I have been trying to use them more than I did.  That's how I found out how bad I have gotten.  Of course most of my "good" spinning tackle is all light.  So I know it is time to upgrade the larger ones.

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Thanks to everyone for the input. I think some practice is in order, but I also think that I am leaning toward using my baitcast set up more as well, and keeping the spinning set up for really light stuff, like grubs and such or when fishing with out a lot of surface cover, like exposed trees.

But no matter for what you use your spinning gear you still need to cast your offerings accurately so the only way is by practicing with both. If you have enough room in your backyard get a 5 gal bucket and practice casting into it, 10 min a day do wonders.

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Of course most of my "good" spinning tackle is all light. So I know it is time to upgrade the larger ones.

The first spinning reels I bought for bass fishing were those dinky 1500 and 2000 models.

At this point, I ONLY buy the 2500 models for freshwater fishing. Bigger gears = stronger reel. And it feels a lot more solid than those fragile little 2000 reels.

In my opinion, the best spinning reel money can buy at a reasonable price is: the Daiwa Capricorn 2500-A. - $115.00.

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