Spinning Reel vs Baitcaster Reel


For years, fierce debate has raged between anglers about the relative merits of baitcaster reels and spinning reels. Many anglers will swear by the type of reel which they most commonly use and will be willing to champion that reel against all possible challengers. However, both types of reel have their own pros and cons attached to them.

Spinning Reels

Spinning reels are a great choice for those who want to fish with finesse or those who need to downsize their bait because the bite is tough. Spinning reel users usually choose to use spinners, spoons or lightweight lures to fish for pan fish, trout and warm water species. Many new anglers will learn using a spinning reel, because they do not require the same level of attentiveness as baitcasters do. Over-runs and backlashes are less common; however it is still possible for twists and knots to occur on the line when new lines are put on the reel, especially if the spool is overfilled.  It is also easier to learn how to cast using spinning reels as features are incorporated into these devices to help users to manage their lines. For example, many spinning reels have an incorporated clicking noise to let the user know about the resistance on the reel and to show that the line is being pulled off of the reel. Whilst it is easy to bring in smaller fish using spinning reel techniques, some anglers may struggle if they have caught a larger fish.

Baitcaster Reels

Using baitcaster reels requires a little more patience from anglers than using spinning reels do, however the latest advancements in baitcaster technology now mean that these reels are easier than ever to use. People rarely learn how to fish using baitcaster reels, although those who began their angling career by fishing for bass may well have encountered the equipment very early on. In order to learn how to use baitcaster reels, an angler must master variable thumbing techniques. Without previous practice of these thumbing techniques, it is very easy for backlashes or over-runs to occur, which can result in serious (and irreparable) tangling of the line. Inexperienced baitcasters should avoid using these types of reels in windy conditions or they will almost certainly get into trouble. On the plus side, there is no line twist at all during drag release, even when cranking, although it is impossible to hear the drag engaging, as the mechanism stays silent.

To Conclude

If you are an inexperienced angler who is fishing for smaller fish, then spinning reels may be better for you, however those who are after big fish may find it easier to use baitcaster reels (once they have had a little practice), as it is much easier to reel in a catch with these level wind operations. However, it is possible to catch various sized fish on both types of reel. In general, anglers should choose to fish using the equipment that they feel most comfortable with, as this will help to improve their overall angling experience.