The Following Tips are
Ron Crandall of Ron's
Spinning and Casting
Reels: they both have their place
In response to questions
on the subject, the following will give the situations where spinning
or casting reels shine. These are of course our opinions, gleaned from
personnel experience, and are not governed by any sales rep, who has probably
never used the product he is pushing.
This is by far the most
common method. The places that it shines are:
- You are fishing with
very small lures or bait and are casting a reasonable distance.
- The wind is blowing
35 MPH and you are surrounded by other people.
- If you are new to the
fishing world or only fish once or twice a year.
- You are fishing on
a pier that only allows an underhand cast.
- You are float fishing
for jacksmelt or striped seaperch (my favorite), and the total terminal
end only weighs 2 oz. (I use Fuji film cans for floats)
We will be discussing
bait casting reels. Conventional reels, like a Penn Senator, rarely
apply to piers. Bait Casting reels shine when:
- When you are using
the new Super Lines, bait casting give you a lot of control. (No matter
what the rep. says, Super Lines don't really work with spinning gear).
- When you are fishing
for fish that do a long run, i.e., salmon at Pacifica, you have the
capability of adding extra drag control with your thumb.
- If you have a lot of
experience casting. The people who are good can hit a one foot circle
at fifty yards.
- The whole outfit is
light in weight. As a comparison, a casting reel that holds 200 yards
of 12# line might weigh 10 oz. The equivalent spinning reel might weigh
Other things to consider:
- Modern spinning reels
(under $20.00 reels excluded) and casting reels' drags are equal. (You
cannot compare a 35-year-old French spinning reel with a new Shimano
- Check for anodizing.
This will help ensure you have a long life reel. Check warrantee and
parts availability. If you can't get parts your reel can be worthless.
Some companies have parts for reels going back 50 years, others only
go back 5 years)
- We did not include
spin-cast reels in our comparison for the simple reason that the majority
of those in production are not designed for saltwater use and would
not last one season.
This is a side bit:
Yesterday, I fished
the surf with a Penn 180 baitcaster then when it started to rain I switched
to a Penn 712 spinning outfit. Both systems caught fish. Each outfit
worked best under the particular conditions. Comfort was the most important
thing, this is supposed to be fun and not work.