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so, /out/, sup? anyway,...
Anonymous 02/24/14(Mon)17:52 UTC+1 No.275820 Report

so, /out/, sup? anyway, probably like some of you i love me some fishing. gonna go as soon as i can, trout starts april 12 here. and i wsa looking around just starting to get my stuff ready and i came across a "bait casting" reel at gander mountain. now i've always used normal spin reels since i was like 10 and i have honestly never seen/heard of bait casting reels. what are these for? do they like cast farther or something?
Anonymous 02/24/14(Mon)17:58 UTC+1 No.275821 Report

i'm guessing this means nobody else knows what a bait caster is. good
Anonymous 02/24/14(Mon)19:07 UTC+1 No.275858 Report

I have a nice bait caster on a really nice St. Croix rod. I have yet to use the setup. I don't really go Musky fishing. Got the combo for free, so I'm not out anything.
Anonymous 02/24/14(Mon)19:18 UTC+1 No.275860 Report

Bait casters predate spinning reels by a few decades and were the first reels commonly available with drag control. They won't cast light lures as far as a spinning reel or a spincast reel, but they'll handle a fight better.

They'll also backlash like a mother if you don't know how to use them. Takes a while to get the hang of it, be patient.

This is coming from a guy who uses his old Abu Garcia Ambassadeur and Ambassadeur 5000 reels most of the time at the Gulf Coast and spinning gear most of the time freshwater.
Anonymous 02/24/14(Mon)19:38 UTC+1 No.275872 Report

What kind of trout are you fishing for? Depending on which kind, you might want a different reel.
Anonymous 02/25/14(Tue)02:50 UTC+1 No.276094 Report

It all depends on the rig your using, and the baitcaster you have. If you have a really have Abu Garcia C4 6600, you probably aren't going to be casting a 1/4 ounce rooster tail on 6lb test. Something like a Shimano Core (has a light magnesium frame) can handle something smaller.

You have to learn how to feather the spool with your thumb when casting with a baitcaster. If the spool is still spinning after the lure/bait hits the water, then it will backlash and get tangled. Also can happen if the spool is feed out line quicker than the lure is traveling through the air. The better the quality of the reel, the less backlashes you get.

I strongly recommend not buying a cheap baitcaster.
Anonymous 02/25/14(Tue)02:56 UTC+1 No.276097 Report

In your regular conventional reel, the force of the lure/bait traveling through the air is what pulls out the line. The spool is fixed and doesnt move, while the line is pulled from the reel.

In a baitcaster, the initial force from the lure/bait pulling on the line causes the spool to spin. The spinning spool is feeding the line after that point, instead of the lure constantly pulling the line like a conventional reel. This means there is less resistance on the lure/bait as it is casted, and because of that it can travel at further distances.

It's all about preference, really. Baitcasters are very popular in surf fishing and other types where you need to get a very far or very accurate cast.
Anonymous 02/25/14(Tue)03:00 UTC+1 No.276102 Report

Final thing. Casting against the wind with a baitcaster is a bitch. It can take awhile to properly feather the spool and keep it from backlashing. Good baitcasters like Abu Garcia and Shimano have really good weight and braking systems on their reels that help to tune the resistance for the free spool. Those really help.
Anonymous 02/25/14(Tue)03:40 UTC+1 No.276135 Report

>at the Gulf Coast
mein neger

Just picked up a Black Max a few days ago and have yet to try it out, but it's the smoothest reel I've ever had.

Used bait caster all my life, never used a spinning reel.
Anonymous 02/25/14(Tue)04:17 UTC+1 No.276172 Report

I'm a teacher. I'll be in Corpus for Spring Break (family jointly owns a condo on Padre Island). Here, fishy fishy!

This will be the first time I've been there in March, I have no idea what the fishing will be like.
Anonymous 02/25/14(Tue)04:23 UTC+1 No.276177 Report

>not fly rod

Seriously OP, you're selling yourself short if you don't at least consider a fly rig with these fish!

Also, April 12th. Are you a Minnesotan mah nigga?
Anonymous 02/25/14(Tue)04:37 UTC+1 No.276191 Report


You can cast further with baitcasters but they're harder to use. I tied a sinker to my line and practiced casting in my back yard for a couple days before I felt confident enough to take it out, and I spent most of the time untangling line. Once you get used to them they're really nice.
Anonymous 02/25/14(Tue)07:02 UTC+1 No.276267 Report


The low profile ones like the one in your pic are mostly used for bass fishing. Lets you have better control of you cast and with a bit of skill you can pretty much drop the bait on top of the fish with next to no splash. They're also used for musky/pike fishing and inshore.
Anonymous 02/25/14(Tue)07:08 UTC+1 No.276270 Report

baitcasters are easier to aim with ive found. you can control it a lot better.
Anonymous 02/25/14(Tue)21:33 UTC+1 No.276607 Report

That depends on the kind of trout. I also use small spinning rods and bamboo rods for small stream brook trout fishing, and that's pretty successful
Anonymous 02/25/14(Tue)21:54 UTC+1 No.276615 Report

>i have honestly never seen/heard of bait casting reels. what are these for? do they like cast farther or something?

Think of them as an expert's reel. They are more prone to problems without a lot of practice, require more fine tuning, are more expensive, and deliver slightly better performance in terms of drag range and precision casting.

I use and like both types. The baitcasters are more work.
annon 02/27/14(Thu)22:11 UTC+1 No.278208 Report

I was given a fly rod and a bait caster set up this year. I generally fish for pan fish unless it's saltwater. W would bait cater be easier then a fly rod learning wise?
Anonymous 02/27/14(Thu)23:14 UTC+1 No.278237 Report

>would bait cater be easier then a fly rod learning wise?
Anonymous 02/27/14(Thu)23:17 UTC+1 No.278241 Report

for panfish i wouldn't recommend a baitcaster, its built for heavier stuff than you' probably use.

Fly fishing is a technique you have to learn, an once you get used to it, its amazing and you can pretty well catch anything.
Baitcasting reels are built for accuracy, and experts.
I'd reccomednd try fly fishing before baitcasting, its less frustrating.

A good rod would be a temple fork outfitters pro series, good rod for the price, plus if you break one of the four pieces for any reason, you contact your regional wholesaler and you get a replcement piece for $20 cdn
Anonymous 02/28/14(Fri)02:28 UTC+1 No.278339 Report

Level-wind casting reels are to preferred tool for freshwater bass tournament fishing. I have three I use regularly and a couple more for occasional use. I also have a couple of spinning reels and a couple of spin-casters that I like for light and ultra-light fishing.

Fishing with a spinning reel or spin-casting reel is mostly learning how to aim. The reel takes care of itself.

Fishing with a level-wind is more about controlling the reel first then learning how to aim after you've learned to control the line feed.

I've made great catches on all of them.
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