Baitcasting VS. Spinning Reels [What’s The Better Inshore Option?]
What’s the better inshore option: Baitcasting VS. Spinning Reels?
More importantly, what’s best for YOU?
Let’s talk about the pros and cons of both!!
Check it all out below!
Baitcasting VS. Spinning Reels [VIDEO]
Pros Of Spinning Reels
Spinning reels are a popular choice and it is often the first reel people use when first starting to fish.
It is an easy reel to use, easy to teach others to use, and it works very well.
Another reason to get a spinning reel is the cost.
It is definitely cheaper to go with a spinning reel rather than a baitcaster.
Additionally, the typical spinning reel has more line capacity than a baitcaster.
Spinning reels are also interchangeable for either hand.
You can switch the handle to either side you’re most comfortable with.
Baitcasting reels come either left-handed or right-handed.
Another pro to spinning reels is casting distance.
They simply cast farther than baitcasting reels.
This may sound silly but spinning reels also give off a cool sound when fish are peeling off drag.
There is something special about that click as a fish pulls the line off the spool.
Cons Of Spinning Reels
Now for the cons.
The biggest con is wind knots.
There are ways to mitigate wind knots but you’ll inevitably run into them here and there.
Especially when fishing braided line on spinning reels, wind knots are an issue.
Another con to spinning reels is weight.
They are a bit heavier than baitcasting reels.
Pros Of Baitcasting Reels
Right off the bat, you can tell baitcasting reels are more compact and streamlined.
These reels fit nicely in the palm of your hand.
For topwater lures and other hard-body lures where you need contact to the plug, baitcasting reels are a great choice.
You have contact with the plug and more control.
Another pro is less fatigue on you because they are lightweight when working lures.
Moreover, baitcasting reels are overall more accurate than spinning reels.
The reel acts as an extension of your hand giving you more accuracy when casting.
Furthermore, you can present your lures much softer than spinning gear with a baitcaster.
Because you can feather the line off the spool, you can have your bait land much softer than spinning reels.
This makes baitcasting reels an excellent sight fishing choice.
Cons Of Baitcasting Reels
The #1 con to baitcasting reels is backlash.
If you are new to baitcasting reels, backlash is inevitable.
As I mentioned earlier with spinning reels, line capacity is a con to baitcasting reels.
Baitcasting reels typically do not hold as much line as spinning reels.
Additionally, the drag systems on baitcasting reels are not ideal.
I find the drag systems in spinning reels to be a bit smoother than baitcasters.
Another con to baitcasting reels is the cost.
In my experience, cheaper baitcasting reels do not last very long while inshore fishing.
Getting a quality baitcasting reel is important and those can cost upward of $150+.
Due to the lack of sealing on baitcasting reels, maintenance and upkeep is a con.
Water and debris can get into the reel more easily than spinning gear.
You’ll have to take the reel apart and clean them more often.
What’s Better For YOU?
I personally use whichever reel the situation calls for.
If I’m throwing lighter lures trying to get as much casting distance as possible, I’ll go with a spinning reel.
But if I am fishing a hard-body or topwater lure, I’ll go with a baitcasting reel.
Lately, I’ve relied heavily on the baitcasting reel for accurate sight fishing.
It all depends on the style of fishing you do.
Also, it can’t hurt to have both types of setups available and at the ready.
There is no RIGHT answer.
It depends on what fits the bill for you and the application you need your gear to fulfill.
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