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Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: Cast] #13385071 12/23/18
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Originally Posted by Cast
An old Swedish Abu.


Great reels, have a bunch, not the easiest to learn with and not for small hands unless you find old 1500/2500 models

300 BP

Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: Cruiser1] #13385337 12/23/18
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Originally Posted by Cruiser1
Originally Posted by Cast
An old Swedish Abu.


Great reels, have a bunch, not the easiest to learn with and not for small hands unless you find old 1500/2500 models



The Abu "REVO" series is small framed which my son learned to use for his first baitcasting reel. Can be bought on EBay for reduced $$.

Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: dpd] #13385721 12/23/18
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Check out Kast King reels, they are very well made and inexpensive. I haven't really found any baitcaster that doesn't backlash so a cheaper one might be the way to go. I like them for trolling and catfishing tho.

Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: dpd] #13386541 12/23/18
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The Lew's is one of the easiest reels there is to learn bait casting. powdr

Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: dpd] #13587874 02/21/19
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A bit late, but if you're still in the market for a reel - or if you just want a heck of a deal on a spare - check out this one from Bass Pro Shop Spring Sale...

$50 REEL


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Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: R_H_Clark] #13592513 02/22/19
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Originally Posted by R_H_Clark
Shimano Curado,forget the rest!

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Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: RockyRaab] #13625909 03/04/19
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Originally Posted by RockyRaab
A bit late, but if you're still in the market for a reel - or if you just want a heck of a deal on a spare - check out this one from Bass Pro Shop Spring Sale...

$50 REEL


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Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: dpd] #13644134 03/10/19
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Reel Question:(Get it?) Why do you guys use baitcasters? I would consider myself a High Journeyman, not yet Master, fisherman and do everything from fly fishing small water, bass in ponds and rivers, to bait fishing for trout and cats on occasion.( I like to sit on my ass once in a while) I generally get out 40 times a year.

All that said, I never use baitcasting reels. All spin and fly.

Please educate me on their advantages.

Thanks,


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Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: dpd] #13644972 03/10/19
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I grew up using baitcasters and still do but now that braid lets you use heavier line with spinning reels that's a good question. I like using a baitcaster with mono for topwater but could get by with spinning gear for that too. Probably the only real reason I use them is I like casting a baitcaster. Seems right for bass fishng with surface lures. YMMV.

Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: nemotheangler] #13645346 03/11/19
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Originally Posted by nemotheangler
Reel Question:(Get it?) Why do you guys use baitcasters? I would consider myself a High Journeyman, not yet Master, fisherman and do everything from fly fishing small water, bass in ponds and rivers, to bait fishing for trout and cats on occasion.( I like to sit on my ass once in a while) I generally get out 40 times a year.

All that said, I never use baitcasting reels. All spin and fly.

Please educate me on their advantages.

Thanks,


FWIW I have and use a couple of fly reels, several spin reels, the odd couple of spincasters, a sidecaster and a few baitcasters. Each has their place. I particularly like a baitcaster for accuracy: putting spinnerbaits and poppers in among snags where fish like to wait in ambush. You can flick them in, stopping the line just where you want to drop the lure - right up against a snag.

Bravo

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The areas where casting reels shine are vertical jigging and fishing in heavy cover. You have total control of the drop when jigging, and if a fish hits on the drop, you only have to thumb the spool to get an instant hookset - something not possible with a spinning reel. And in heavy cover, such as pitching a heavy jig, a casting reel is more like a winch when it comes to horsing a fish out of the cover. Also...some casting reels have a faster retrieve than spinning reels. So if you are burning a buzzbait or crankbait, it takes less effort and fewer handle turns.

Lastly, there is almost no line twist with a casting reel, even if you manage to reel against the drag.


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Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: RockyRaab] #13647658 03/11/19
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Originally Posted by RockyRaab
The areas where casting reels shine are vertical jigging and fishing in heavy cover. You have total control of the drop when jigging, and if a fish hits on the drop, you only have to thumb the spool to get an instant hookset - something not possible with a spinning reel. And in heavy cover, such as pitching a heavy jig, a casting reel is more like a winch when it comes to horsing a fish out of the cover. Also...some casting reels have a faster retrieve than spinning reels. So if you are burning a buzzbait or crankbait, it takes less effort and fewer handle turns.

Lastly, there is almost no line twist with a casting reel, even if you manage to reel against the drag.

Thanks Rocky, that is what I was looking for.

After asking the question I googled it and everyone spoke of accuracy. Enough practice on a spinner(my entire life) leaves me feeling that was not enough as I can drop a popper right where I want it in the cattails I occasionally fish big bass in. And I am no stranger to accuracy, hitting opposite shore banks, putting a dry fly right on a cutthroats nose.

With your answer however, I feel like buying one for a reason rather than a curiosity.

And thanks to everyone else who responded.

These threads are the reason I am on the 'fire to begin with. Sometimes I almost forget that with too much time spent on the "freakshow"

Sorry to hijack the thread.

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Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: dpd] #13648433 03/12/19
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I agree on the accuracy possible with a spinning reel, nemo. By "feathering" the outgoing line with your index finger, it is possible to put a lure dead smack where you want it. It's no different than "thumbing" the spool of a casting reel, really. It takes practice and superb distance perception, but one can drop a lure within an inch or two with either type of gear.


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Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: dpd] #13654214 03/14/19
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I use spinning and casting both. A spinning reel big enough to handle larger bass lures will be heavier and more tiring to fish than a baitcaster. Plus line twist.

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Re: Bait casting reel suggestions ??? [Re: tedthorn] #13813157 05/11/19
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Originally Posted by MOGC
Lew's are good.

Originally Posted by powdr
The Lew's is one of the easiest reels there is to learn bait casting. powdr

Originally Posted by tedthorn
Lews


I like lews. Have several.

They make reels in all price ranges. Get good reviews.


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