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Old 06-09-2019, 10:33 AM
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I'm somewhat new to saltwater fishing. I did a little research a couple years ago and decided to buy some Penn Spinfisher V 4500's and a couple 6500's. I also bought some Penn Squall 30 Levelwinds. Truth is, I only use the conventional reels and the spinning reels just collect dust. When I do use them, they seem unwieldy and awkward when compared to the conventional reels. Now, I know I'm very much in the minority, but I'm just wondering why anyone would want to use spinning reels over a conventional or casting reel. Surely there's something I'm missing?

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Old 06-09-2019, 10:41 AM
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I reel with my left hand. I can't stand conventional reels although I do use them for tuna fishing.
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:59 AM
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Spinning reels definitely have their place. Trolling is 100% conventional, bottom fishing & jigging I have a several different setups, some are spinners, some are star drag conventionals (loner setups are level winds), inshore and casting setups are spinners.
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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.

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Old 06-09-2019, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by ReelNauti View Post
I reel with my left hand. I can't stand conventional reels although I do use them for tuna fishing.
I think this is a lot of the reason I don't like them. I grew up fishing freshwater and mostly reeling with my right hand. I use a very lightweight spinning reel for crappie fishing, but other than that, I always used baitcasters. I guess it's really just personal preference.
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Old 06-09-2019, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Heathen86 View Post
Spinning reels definitely have their place. Trolling is 100% conventional, bottom fishing & jigging I have a several different setups, some are spinners, some are star drag conventionals (loner setups are level winds), inshore and casting setups are spinners.
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...
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Old 06-09-2019, 11:28 AM
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In S. Florida 4 of our lines in a 5-6 line spread are spinners.We primarily troll for sails.I find spinners to be much faster for pitching baits,dropping back,line retrieve,ect
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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 they work and when to use them.
Haha... I think me asking the question made it very clear I don't have the "skill sets" you mention. Rather than me eventually figuring it out, why don't you help a brother out and educate me?
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Maybe you just need to turn the rod over so the reel is on top and you can reel right handed LoL

You do know that the handle on a spinning reel can be switched to the other side don't you?
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Originally Posted by Great Outdoors View Post
Maybe you just need to turn the rod over so the reel is on top and you can reel right handed LoL

You do know that the handle on a spinning reel can be switched to the other side don't you?
Haha! Yep, and I have done that already with one of the reels. Lol! I think I just need more time with spinning reels.
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I like the drag sound.
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Spinning reels don't backlash when casting. Ever.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
Spinning reels don't backlash when casting. Ever.
dead wrong- spool the line on one the wrong way and you can get birdsnest city, or let a child use it for a while by their self reeling in slack line and loops and boom
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
Spinning reels don't backlash when casting. Ever.
Just let the line roller bearing fail and have a bunch of light braid lay on there all twisted up....

As far as the OP....I really like to put a nice 6000-8000 Sustain in my hand occasionally when the time is right. The proper set up of rod and reel and I feel like I can raise the dead from the depths....Those Penn Spinfishers have always been a clunky reel.
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Originally Posted by ReelNauti View Post
I reel with my left hand. I can't stand conventional reels although I do use them for tuna fishing.
Me too. I'm right handed, but my fighting method has always been "pull up - reel down". Can't understand why anyone would want to do the hard part with their weaker hand. And I can cast so much farther and more accurately with a spinning reel, but that's probably just from 50 years of using them.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
Spinning reels don't backlash when casting. Ever.
Oh, man. This is 100% incorrect. I have one friend who has thoroughly backlashed the hell out of a few of my spinning reels, even with mono on them. Had to cut all the line out.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:27 PM
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spinning rigs have their place offshore I especially like em for bailing dolfin
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Originally Posted by Humbucker427 View Post
I think this is a lot of the reason I don't like them. I grew up fishing freshwater and mostly reeling with my right hand. I use a very lightweight spinning reel for crappie fishing, but other than that, I always used baitcasters. I guess it's really just personal preference.
Unscrew the handle and put it on the other side
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Old 06-10-2019, 05:12 AM
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Buy literally any other decent reel besides a spinfisher
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