So which is it, bait casting or spinning? What's the difference and if there is a difference, is one better than the other?
Well there is a difference, but assessing the superiority of one technique over the other is more difficult to quantify as much of it comes down to personal preference.
But which ever technique you prefer, the objective is the same; to cast a lure and manipulate it such a way that it will fool a hungry fish into thinking it's the real thing.
But if we'd asked 'Is the the equipment used for bait casting or spinning the same?' then the answer would have been easy...
'No, completely different!'. Let's see how different.
That's pretty much what it comes down to - the reel.
But it doesn't stop there; the rods and reels must be properly matched, as a rod designed for use with a baitcaster reel is quite different to that for use with a spinning reel.
We'll take a look at the two outfits...
At the heart of this set-up is the baitcaster reel, a form of traditional or 'round' reel.
Rods designed for use with these reels have a couple of distinctive features:~
One way of making sure of having a perfectly matched baitcasting outfit is to by it as a combo, like the one shown above...
In this set up, with the reel slung below the rod, there's no need for the rod rings to be so closely spaced as on the baitcasting rod.
But they do have to be much larger to accommodate the coils of line as they spill over the edge of the non-rotating spool of the spinning reel.
The rod ring closest to the spinning reel clearly must be the largest, with those beyond it decreasing in size until the tip ring which will then be a similar size to that of the baitcasting rod.
The highly regarded Penn Spinfisher Rod and Reel Spinning Combo is shown above...
As we mentioned earlier it's largely a matter of personal choice, but here are a few points which may help you decide which way to go...
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