Spinning Reel vs Baitcasting Reel


With so many fishing reels stocked at your local fishing tackle you can get easily overwhelmed when choosing one for your type of fishing style. In this article I am going to cover the main differences between two very popular types which are the conventional spinning reel and baitcasting reel.

The main features of a Spinning Reel

In fact the spinning reel is the most popular reel used by anglers who target predatory type of fish such as pike, trout and bass.

The spinning reel comes with a fixed spool and is attached underneath the rod. The line is pulled out by the wight of the casting lure. The bail arm can be opened and closed to free or stop the line from spooling off.  The handle on the side of the reel can be normally changed to accommodate either the left or right handed angler.

What are the main benefits of a Spinning Reel?

Spinning reels can be used in many different situations from river, to lake and even sea fishing.  You can use them to cast many different type of fishing lures from small rubbery types to large live baits.  At your local fishing tackle shop you will find many different sizes of spinning reels.  The general rule is that the smaller spinning reels are designed for lighter lures while bigger ones can handle bigger weighted lures and live baits.

I personally prefer the smaller and lighter spinning reels as most of my lure fishing is done on the local canals. As canals around my area a very narrow, I don’t require heavy lures which normally allow longer casting distance. Also, I like to keep moving so, a lighter and smaller spinning reel is much easier to carry around.

What are the downside to a Spinning Reel?

As explained earlier the spinning reels are great for casting almost every type of lure or live bait. However, they are known to let you down when it comes to casting accuracy or pulling back heavier lures.  It’s for this reason many experienced anglers use the baitcasting reel instead.

To conclude the spinning reel is great if you are new to fishing as it’s simple to use and is very versatile.

What are the main features of a Baitcasting Reel?

The baitcasting reel can cast further and with much greater precision then most spinning reels on the market today.

However, they are slightly more complex to use and therefore you will need to practice in order to get the best out of one.

Personally I have managed to use my best baitcasting reel to cast my heavy lure into a 15cm square just under a low hanging tree from over 35 meters away. I have tried to achieve this with a spinning reel and it was near impossible.

To conclude the baitcasting reel is without doubt for more experienced and dedicated anglers. Before heading to your local fishing tackle shop to purchase one, I recommend you perfect your casting skills with a spinning reel first. As you might find the baitcasting reel way too complicated especially if you are new to fishing.

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