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Am I the only one who hates spinning reels?

Old 06-10-2019, 09:09 AM
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I caught this guy on a spinning rod & reel to toss a Yo-Zuri pulg.
It took a lot more time to get him to the boat than it would have with a conventional setup.
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Old 06-10-2019, 09:12 AM
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I don't hate them. I just realize they work better for certain situations.

For example: Try pitching small pieces of cut bait to big mahi with a conventional reel. I prefer them for vertical jigging tuna.

For me, reeling left handed with a spinning reel and right handed for conventional is just what I know. Just have to spend enough time using both.
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post

For me, reeling left handed with a spinning reel and right handed for conventional is just what I know. Just have to spend enough time using both.
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Old 06-10-2019, 12:04 PM
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I agree with you. I don’t own a spinning reel. They are clunky and awkward. A conventional setup is like an extension of my arm. A spinning rig can be “flung” without using good technique to properly load the rod, which is probably why most people use them. A conventional rig in skilled hands is deadly accurate and is incredibly efficient mechanically. With today’s reels, throwing light weight lures on conventional gear is a non issue with a skilled user.
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Old 06-10-2019, 12:22 PM
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Don't get me wrong, I love conventionals and baitcasters, but they have their limitations and liabilities. I wouldn't expect to pick up a conventional designed for bottom fishing and expect to sling a topwater plug 75 yards. I also wouldn't pick up a Stradic and try to bottom fish for grouper with it either. There is some overlap and if you choose the right reel for the job it really doesn't matter too much which you prefer, they make spinning reels and conventional reels for every purpose.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:27 PM
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Thanks! I appreciate all the input. I believe I have a feel for what spinning reels are preferred for now. Maybe I'll hold on to a couple of them for those times I need them. But I'm still putting the handle over on the right. Lol.
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:14 PM
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I love spinning reels. I usually bring 2-4 of them with me to 1-2 conventionals most days.

I prefer Sustains.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:05 AM
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Jake, If it's the the left hand retrieve that has you tripped up, you can swap the handle over to the other side. If you still can't deal with them, you know I will take them off your hands!
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:53 AM
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Conventional / Bait caster / lo-profiles / whatever ya want to call them, I'll take the lot of them over any spinning tackle personally. I've NEVER had a wind knot on casting gear
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:09 PM
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Nothing beats a spinning real for casting light baits.
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Old 06-16-2019, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Humbucker427 View Post
That makes sense. I've really only done bottom fishing and trolling. But for casting, would there be a reason someone would want a spinning reel over a conventional casting reel, like the Penn Torque, or an Avet Casting reel, for instance? Do the spinning reels cast better?

Just trying to learn something here...
Try casting a light weight bait or lure with a conventional, and you'll understand.
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:05 AM
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Easier to dropback yes and a lot of fun we even fish small Blues with spinners

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Old 06-17-2019, 02:50 AM
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I actually prefer spinning reels
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Old 06-19-2019, 09:31 PM
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I use both, and both have their place.
You can cast a conventional a lond ways, but try not burning your thumb when you use braid. But the spinner will produce more wind knots than the convetional
The spinner guides the line onto the spool, which is a help for beginners.
Switching the handle for left or right handers is a good option.
Spinners an pruce a lot of drag.
When jigging, the spinner gets down to the bottom faster, and usually the first one down gets more hits.
They are cheaper in price than conventional of the same drag capacity.
They are also more sand and water resistant around water and sand, surf casting or on the rail of a boat on a windy day
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:23 AM
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A big mistake people made with their spinners is not hooking their bait or lure correctly and reeling against the drag. If the bait is spinning in the water with the combined action of winding you will get nasty backlash and twists. For example if trolling a spoon, use a quality ball bearing swivel so the twist is absorbed at the swivel and not transmitted to the line. Also reeling in when the fish is pulling drag will do the same. This is very basic but beginners don't know.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:57 PM
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I found both conventional and spinners ackward when I first started using them. Practice and you’ll develop muscle memory and accuracy.
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by ondarvr1 View Post
Maybe you just don’t have skill sets to use all the tools available. Hang in there, you’ll eventually figure out how they work and when to use them.

BS. Use them frequently. Especially from a beach/island setting. Great casting but conventional all the way.

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Old 06-21-2019, 07:17 AM
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BS. Use them frequently. Especially from a beach/island setting. Great casting but conventional all the way.

They are all just tools, there are correct ways to use them......and well, let’s say, sometimes not the best techniques are used.

And yes, they each have situations where they are the best tool, where they are the least effective tool, and then other times it may be a toss up and personal preference comes into play.

Some people fish with one method and think because one style of reel works better in that application the other style of reel must be crap for everything. Plus their skills with the other style of reel tend to be lacking.

Learn to use the tools correctly and all of life becomes easier and more enjoyable.
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Old 06-21-2019, 08:24 AM
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If I had to choose one I would chose a spinner over conventional all day. You can do anything with a spinner that you can do with conventional - albeit the conventional is much better on the troll. But you cant cast a conventional at Cobia, Tuna, Mahi, etc... Ergo spinner wins.

I use both because I'm not retarded. I prefer conventional for bottom fishing and trolling, spinning for everything else.
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Old 06-21-2019, 04:48 PM
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First problem is you bought penn spinning reels. Penn is trash for spinners
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