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I want to understand the differences between spinning reels and bait casting reels and what situations you'd use one over the other. I guess the question extends to rods as well. if there are articles or forums already posted please supply a link.

I usually fish largemouth with a Shimano Stradic 2500 with a St Croix Avid Med/Fast. Do I need want a baitcasting rig to compliment it, if so which and why?

TR

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Here's my 2¢, which is what it's probably worth. I use spinning only, generally with 15# braid. Some years ago I used a baitcaster as well, but stopped because it didn't have the versatility that I wanted.

For many, if not most, types of fishing there is overlap, i.e., the techniques can be used effectively with each, so personal preference is a factor. It is said that skipping lures is easier with spinning and casting accuracy might be better with baitcasting.

One thing that probably most people agree on is that baitcasting is better for heavier lines. Not counting braid, many anglers don't use more than 10-12# line on spinning reels.

Of course, there's a reason you're asking. Do you want to do things that you can't do with your spinning or are you asking because you know many many people use baitcasting and you're wondering if you should too?

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Spinning for light stuff, baitcasting for heavier stuff.

I prefer casting, but ai do a lot of flipping and pitching with jigs.

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Welcome to the forum. I always used spinning gear before last year. I switched after fishing for bass in Florida with a relative. I felt the reel size needed for 14 lb test line was bigger than I liked. Heavier and too long a reach to the line for my medium sized hand.

As stated, heavier lines are better on baitcasting reels. However, I'm using 8 lb. on my Alphas ito, and am enjoying the experience of really whipping out a 3/8 oz. lure with it on a medium rod.

You didn't mention the type of cover you fish. There's no reason you couldn't stick with another spinning outfit if you'd rather not try baitcasting. However, I personally feel you would be missing out. I really enjoy using a baitcasting outfit.

You didn't mention a price range. Since you are using a Stradic, I assume you would be willing to spring for a medium priced reel at minimum. I bought an STX strictly for its drag to be used in nasty stuff. The 2010 and newer Premiers get rave reviews, and have plenty of drag. I love my Zillion. Seems the Patriarch is an excellent reel that often gets overlooked.

Then there's the Shimanos. I'm personally hoping one day to pick up an older Chronarch since new ones are out of my range. Lewes new reels are getting good reviews. Many like BPS and Quantum reels if you'd rather spend less.

As for a rod, I'd go with a MH. That is what the majority of people suggested when I asked for an all-around rod. I have no problem casting a 3/8 oz. lure with any of mine, or a 3/4 oz. which is the heaviest lure I currently have. Pick a brand you like. Seems to me we fishermen never had it so good. There are plenty of excellent choices in any price range. Actually that will be the biggest problem you will face. Trying to narrow your choice to just one! :lol: :lol:

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Read the fishing articles on top left hand corner of page , this will give you some interesting reading on how , what , when.

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Never let go of your spinig reels, they are good for so many applications. If you have'nt used BC's before and want to try one on for size I would suggest that you not spend $250 or more on a combo that you won't like. I have friends that never could get used to a BC and theirs are in the basement or garage collecting dust. I would suggest that you buy something like the Quantum Accurist 501 at @< $99, they are a good reel, easy to use, dependable and look good. When you learn to use a BC and realize that that is the only way to go for Bass then you can upgrade if you like.

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My friend Rigo fishes exclusively with spinning gear, haven´t seen him suffering in any way, I fish with both and can get away exclusively with spinning gear without any problems. Fish Chris fishes exclusively with spinning gear and nobody here can brag about so many big momma size bass caught more than him so, to make the story short, spinning gear is a s good for fishing as baitcasting is.

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I only use spinning gear and braided line for all my fishing that requires me to cast lures, sometimes when I'm offshore drift fishing as well.

I can do just about anything I can think of with spinning gear, pull fish out of heavy cover,flip under docks, fight larger fish in open water. Personally, I would't own a b/c.

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I want to understand the differences between spinning reels and bait casting reels and what situations you'd use one over the other. I guess the question extends to rods as well. if there are articles or forums already posted please supply a link.

I usually fish largemouth with a Shimano Stradic 2500 with a St Croix Avid Med/Fast. Do I need want a baitcasting rig to compliment it, if so which and why?

TR

I carry two spinning outfits and three baitcasters (BCs) when I go out. Fishing here in Missouri winds the BCs with heavier lures are the way to go; however, when the winds are quiet, when fishing behind docks or for drop shot the spinning rigs are my preference.

PS - I just got the 7 ft St Croix Avid Med/Fast and teamed it with one of my two Curado E7s and I love it!

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