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Old 05-14-2014, 02:33 PM   #1
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Default Baitcasting vs. Spinning Reels for Inshore Applications

It seems to me that MOST (not all) inshore anglers use spinning over bait casting tackle. Why would one prefer spinning tackle for inshore applications?

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For me it's for three reasons: 1-feel. I feel like I can feel what I'm feeling better with a spinner. 2-ease of use. Them birds nest backlashes make me want to murder and curse and I'm trying to keep the murdering to a minimum. 3-Space savings. I can take 3 reels on my kayak and have one free lined with a live bait, one on the bottom, and another ready to pitch at whatever swims by. And all three reels can do each of those roles, plus trolling and jigging. And they hold more line for less weight.
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DE, I carry both.

I like to sling MR-17's, redfish spinners with my bait caster and can throw as far w/ it as my spinning gear.

In the early days...it was line capacity that made me use spinning gear over bait casting for inshore, pier & gulf fishing.

BUT...I have caught many a pompano & spanish off the OLD wooden pier at Navarre using a Abu Garcia 5000, throwing small jigs.
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Some for personal preference and others because the spinning reel is easier to cast than the baitcasters.
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Some for personal preference and others because the spinning reel is easier to cast than the baitcasters.
^ What he said for the most part. Spinning reels dont usually backlash. Baitcasters are far more accurate. You can be very accurate with either and a lot of practice. If you notice the FLW and Bassmasters, they mostly use baitcasters because of the accuracy of thumbing the spool to make lure placement more precise. But, they will use spinning gear when fishing more open waters where accuracy is not as important and they are fishing a general area.
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^ What he said for the most part. Spinning reels dont usually backlash. Baitcasters are far more accurate. You can be very accurate with either and a lot of practice. If you notice the FLW and Bassmasters, they mostly use baitcasters because of the accuracy of thumbing the spool to make lure placement more precise. But, they will use spinning gear when fishing more open waters where accuracy is not as important and they are fishing a general area.
Correct sir. I can throw a baitcast in a thimble mainly because I started out Bass fishing. However since moving the the Windy/Excessive Rainfall State I have become more comfortable with the spinner. I still throw the baitcast when fishing around docks and such I just love my Chronarchs for that.

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Ease of use, flexibility- but don't get me wrong, as much as I like using my spinning reels... I sure enjoy fighting a red on my Diawa Inshore Coastal! I use the baitcasters mostly fishing around the grass with soft plastics and smaller hard baits.
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Interesting. In recent years, I've moved from spinning to bait casting exclusively for inshore. I still use a spinner for bass fishing simply because I can flip with a spinner w/ light lures better. Backlash: Using braid, I experience more with spinners. Distance: I achieve MUCH greater distance with bait casters. Line volume: More with bait casters. Like Barefoot, I use older bait casting tackle, e.g., Abu Garcia 6000C/USA (gold color), 6500, 6600ABS, and if anyone knows these reels, the line volume is tremendous. I also use some more modern stuff, e.g., Abu Garcia 60 series Revo Toro NaCl - this is a low profile bait casting reel built especially for inshore applications and it holds as much line as any large spool reel. I use 50# Sufix 832 Super Line. Don't laugh - I know that's heavy for inshore but line management is better on the larger braid. If I do get a "bird's nest," it picks out much better than 20# braid. 50# braid is equivalent to 12# mono so line volume is about equal. It's interesting, though, that I prefer bait casting tackle for the same reason others use spinners... RODS???
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I use bait casters for throwing jigs and slip corks, but will throw a spinning reel for hard baits. I can throw wayyyyy further with a baitcaster, and I like to use ambassadeurs as well.


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I fish from a pier and usually have to throw into the wind with topwaters....baitcasters are useless for me in this scenario,while spinning gear do well here....
For flippin soft baits downwind from a boat ,baitcasters work well and doesn't impart twist in the line as a spinning reel will do.....For fighting a fish ,baitcasters can definitely put more pressure on a fish than spinners......IMO each has its own function and different situations call for different techniques and gear.....
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