What will it be: a spinning or a baitcasting reel?


This is a dilemma that has troubled anglers from all over the world for too long. It is one of those issues that have been there from the beginning of time, and to which nobody has ever managed to give a proper answer that could satisfy all parties. Of course, it is obvious why nobody has managed to find the right solution to it: because there isn’t one.  You can use both of them, and the choice solely depends on your personal taste and experience.

The only two questions you should bear in mind when you go for one of the two main types of fishing equipment is: which one is the most suitable for the fishing conditions in which I find myself and which one do I handle with ease.

Most anglers will tell you that the baitcasting reel is the more versatile of the two, which is probably true, but it doesn’t mean you can’t very well land bass with a spinning reel. What differentiates them is the casting technique that is influenced by the setting of the reel and the way the spool moves when attached to the matching rod.

In a baitcasting rod, the reel attaches to the top, while in a spinning rod, it attaches to the bottom. However, this is not what makes the spinning rod easy to use and handle, but the spool. Baitcasting rods are equipped with spinning spools that help an angler cast. Spinning rods, on the other hand, are fitted with fixed spools that make casting a whole lot easier, because you will be dealing with tangled line a lot less, which is a commonly encountered problem for beginners using a baitcasting rod, and it is also quite difficult to solve on the spot.

The first category, the baitcasting rod, is typically used for larger lures and heavier lines. That is why, you can use this setup to land bigger fish species. However, this is not the case for bass, a medium-sized one. There are certain circumstances in which some specimens, essentially those belonging to the largemouth bass subcategory, can reach considerable sizes, thus weighing a lot and being hard to manage with a low-profile spinning rod, the typical gear used for medium-sized species.

Nevertheless, if you’re new to fishing, you might want to start your experience as an angler using a spinning rod that you will handle with less effort even if you don’t master the casting technique well. As you gather experience and become more and more skilled in mastering this fishing technique, you can give the baitcasting rod a try and decide which one of them best fits your fishing style.

Even so, remember that, regardless of the equipment you choose, you must always find a perfect balance between the rod and the reel so that you land a few fish.