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Finesse Fishing, Why spinning gear?

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Why when finesse fishing do you use spinning tackle and not baitcasters? Ive used a little of both, most people I know use spinning tackle, I just cant see the advantage of a spinning reel over the baitcaster. To me finesse is mainly the type of bait you're using, the line and presentation. So what's you guys opinion on this?

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Much easier to throw lite baits on spinning gear.

Spinning gear also handles small diameter line, which when matched with a smaller hook increases the action of your bait.

Spinning reels in my opinion have better drag systems which gives you a better chance when fighting big fish on small diameter line.

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I really don't use spinning tackle at all, even when finesse fishing. I use my 6'6" MH Loomis GL2's for most finesse tactics, the only time I break out the "fairy stick" is when I'm throwing extremely light baits with really light line.

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NYTEX hit it on the head with that one, those are the three big reasons why I use spinning gear when finesse fishing. The other big reason is for when I'am finesse fishing around docks or shallow cover, I can skip the bait up underneither the target, whether I'm fishing a tube, finesse worm, small stickbait, finesse jig or a floating worm. Also by skipping the bait you are giving the fish a presentation they really dont see much which I also think as an influence on whether not the fish is attracted or tricked into biting.

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Todays high quality bait casting reels have extremely good drag systems and handle 6 lb mono well. You can locate a 6'6" to 7' medium/light very fast action bait casting rod and easily cast lures weighing 1/8 oz. The issue is spinning reels can cast lures down to 1/32 oz and handle 2 lb line, so when you are bass fishing with 5 to 8 lb line and lures under 1/8 oz, spinning tackle is a better choice due to lower cost rods and reels availble that perform very well casting into the wind.

For light weight 1/8 oz lures like; jigs, drop shot and slip shot presentaions, both casting and spinning becomes a matter of choice.

WRB

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I llike spinning gear fro throwing smaller Rapalas, and some of the lighter worms , mostly on my pond fishing trips.

I have a Cabela's 2 piece med action Gold Label rod, with a Pflueger Trion (35) reel on and I keep it behind the seat in my pickup, with a small old time metal tackel box. This has brought me countless Bass and many hours of trouble free pond hopping 8-)

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Finesse fishing, why spinning gear?

The sequel to: "Power fishing, why not spinning gear?"

Roger

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I only use spinning reels. Having the reel under the rod is more comfortable and easier to move the rod tip then having the reel on top.  To me the Spinning reels are more of the medium reels.  You can catch big and small on it and can use it in different ways.  Baitcasters seem to be the heavier reels for bigger lines, lures, and more pulling.  They are like the 4x4 of the fishing.  Then you have the Spincast that are more like the compact car or the bunch.  Used mainly for light tackle, lines, and easy to use.  Mainly the beginners reel.

But I think a lot of people, like me, you can control the rod tip and the action of the bait easier with the spinning gear vs the baitcaster.  But the baitcaster might be better going through weeds and heavy cover.

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Fortunately, there is no law that stipulates that spinning gear must be used for finesse fishing, so I don't see why you feel the need to have to use spinning gear because "everyone else" is using it.

For me, I prefer spinning rigs for finesse applications because in general, bc reels have difficulty (for most folks, anyway) handling (tossing) the weight range of finesse class baits, which for me is 3/16 oz and less.

Bottom line is that both reel types are tools and each will excel in certain areas where the other is lacking.

My curados can definitely toss 1/8 oz lures with out backlashes, no doubt, BUT it takes more effort to dial in the reel, and strong winds make this even more challenging. With a spinning reel, a strong wind might curb casting distance but it won't end in a bird's nest and the casting takes far less effort to make the same if not farther casts, AND with no need to dial in the reel.

In addition, for this light of a weight range, I just like the more vertical fall I get with a spinning reel. When I use casting gear, I dislike the fact that I have to strip line off just to get a vertical fall when dealing with lighter weights. It's just a peeve of mine.

Now if I had a Pixy, shoot, I'd probably use it as much as my spinning gear. This indeed is a reel capable of tossing those light weights with ease.

My preference for spinning gear is more a function of the convenience a spinning set up offers for these lighter weight presentation. Less time spent dealing with hassles means more time spent fishing.

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I throw Wacky Worms with my Calcutta® 50 or Chronarch® 50Mg; your reel does not cast your bait, your rod does.

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I throw Wacky Worms with my Calcutta® 50 or Chronarch® 50Mg; your reel does not cast your bait, your rod does.

very good point catt, i really like throwing a baitcaster alot more and can easily throw light line and lures with them so thats probably what Ill be doing most of finesse fishing with

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Something to consider is where you are fsihing and what for. If you are fishing in a Northern gin clear river, for good sized bronzefish(Smallies) and they are hitting #7 Rapalas, on 4 to 6 lb. Mono( THIS IS THE CASE FREQUENTLY)  the rod to use is a good ML Spinning rod. While I am new to baitcasting , spinning in a situation like this is very practical, and from years of spinning I have learned in Clear Water situations how to be Sneaky,Accurate and Efficient with a spinning rod when called for.This includes Mepps Spinners, 4 inch Alurring *** , live baits like Hellgamites etc,,, and smaller minnow like plugs.

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Much easier to throw lite baits on spinning gear.

Spinning gear also handles small diameter line, which when matched with a smaller hook increases the action of your bait.

Spinning reels in my opinion have better drag systems which gives you a better chance when fighting big fish on small diameter line.

+1

8-)

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For the longest time, I was in the "baitcaster only" camp.

I too used a Loomis 722 or even a 721 with a TD-Z and it worked.

But now I have "seen the light"

My BSR852GLX is like a magic wand. Team it up with my Daiwa Steez spinning reel.

And well. If there is a more satisfying way to finesse fish, I've yet to find it.

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For the longest time, I was in the "baitcaster only" camp.

I too used a Loomis 722 or even a 721 with a TD-Z and it worked.

But now I have "seen the light"

My BSR852GLX is like a magic wand. Team it up with my Daiwa Steez spinning reel.

And well. If there is a more satisfying way to finesse fish, I've yet to find it.

GLX PR844S saddled up with a Shimano Stella 2500FB!    ::)

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Why when finesse fishing do you use spinning tackle and not baitcasters?  

Not all baitcasters can cast light baits with ease and at a decent distance, not all rods load up with light weight baits. If you want to cast light lures with baitcaster you have to have both, the rod & the reel for that application.

You CAN cast 1/16 - 1/32 oz at a good distance with the right setup:

A Chronarch Mg, Sol, TDZ105H can cast those weights, now if you want something a little bit more specialized a Pixy or Presso will do the job better than any of them. A ML / L rod paired to any of those reels can cast those weights also but you also have to have the right line those reels can handle 8-6 pound test extremely well.

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For finesse applications I strictly use spinning reels spooled with either 8 or 8 lb test line, and M or ML rods 6'6" rods.

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