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Difference Between Baitcast and Spinning

Baitcast vs Spinning

Two of the most commonly used kinds of reels are spinning the baitcast reels. They are specialized base on the fishing factors such as casting distance, line capacity, lure weight or the combined mass and speed of the catch, wind intensity and so on. More importantly, the main difference between spinning and baitcast is in the technicalities and structure of the line and how the said reels manage it. For instance, in a spinning reel, the line declines to the end of the spool, requiring the user minimal force to start the line coming off the spool. This is the same reason why spinning reels are most suited at casting especially light lures. This low pull-requirement to get line off the spool essentially increases as the line extends out and the spool gets emptier. In effect, it can increase lure-tumble during casting.

Spinning reels are also easier to prepare for use as they don’t require setting for spool spin and lure weight. These are generally easier to hold as the spinning reel’s weight is under the rod instead of on top of it. The downside, though, would be that friction is constant throughout the cast. This limits it to accommodate casting distance effectively. Add to that limitation the line’s stiffness as it goes up with heavier lines. It practically twists the line when interrupted during the actual drag. Conversely with a baitcast reel, the spool turns as the line sets off. This means that it requires more force and repetition to get the spool spinning at the beginning of the cast. But, once it begins spinning, it acquires its own angular inertia, rendering the line to call for nominal force to keep it spinning. And since the line unrolls off the spool, it goes straight out through the guides, with less friction, allowing baitcasting rods to have small guides. The drag produced is both controlled and adjustable.

Used accurately, a baitcast can set the brakes at a minimum setting and easily cast much farther than with a spinning reel. Furthermore, baitcast specializes in strength and line-to-lure capacity. It allows the lure to cast more accurately with fewer chances of tumbles, giving anglers more control over lure placement than other types of reels, allowing the user to place lures on critical spots like beside logs, within inches of the shoreline, or right in the middle of a heavy cover. Baitcast reels don’t twist during an interruption on the drag; instead, it goes out linearly and returns as it was. This makes it ideal for bigger fish.

However, baitcast reels also have a reputation for being more difficult to use than other types and require accurate thumb pressure and high familiarity with the reel’s brake system, the weight of the lure, and spool friction. It requires its user to adjust the spool friction, depending on each bait to be casted. Plus, it’s not very easy to prepare as it doesn’t sit well on the floor, instead, has to be situated upside down.


1. Spinning and baitcast reels differ primarily in the mechanics of the line and how they control it.

2. Spinning reels are easier to set, given their simpler structure. They are also easier to hold and use as they don’t require readjustment base on spool spin and lure weight. It’s more likely to twist the line when caught up during the actual drag, thus limiting it from farther casting.

3. Baitcast reels are ideal for aiming heavier catch but require spool resetting with every change in lure’s weight. They entail a great deal of familiarity with the lure’s weight, the casting distance and the spool friction.

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  1. There are many expert fishermen that choose spinning tackle to baitcasting tackle, but it seems to be a personal choice because some people think baitcasting tackle is less prone to tangling and the line is more evenly wound on the reel.

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  3. A spinning reel is typically used by amateur anglers. A baitcast reel is mostly used by more experienced anglers since they require more skill to use.

    Bait-casting rods are longer than spinning rods with typically heavier gauge line. This makes them ideal for casting long distances.

    The spooling system of spinning reels prevents the line from getting tangled in the reel whereas this is not the case with baitcast.

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