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Bottom fishing...spinner or conventional?

Old 07-07-2020, 08:59 PM
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Default Bottom fishing...spinner or conventional?

Let's say 70-100' of water usually. Occasionally to 200'. Usually cut bait or occasionally live bait, rarely but sometimes jig.

Ive always been partial to spinning reels. I just like the feel better for tons of repeat quick reeling. I like the power generated from rod under right arm better than crotch or belt. I will say my spinners are heavy and old, I've got exclusively old baitrunners for non inshore spinners. A 6500 baitrunner feels like a tiagra.

I've got plenty of both, though all my conventional reels have mono on them. Am I a dinosaur here or is this the norm? Or is it just personal preference?

Old 07-07-2020, 09:27 PM
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Personal preference and a bit to do with how you fish. I prefer overhead reels for keeping in touch with the line on the drop, but use bait runner type spinners for some types of fishing..
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Like said, its mostly personal preference. I prefer conventional gear 90% of the time, but use spinning gear when fishing shallower areas.
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Conventional doesn’t twist your line if newbies reel against the drag. Spinning can be easier to throw jigs with.
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Personal preference... but I think you're a dinosaur, lol.

I really like spinning reels and use them 95% for inshore. I use them offshore for casting jigs to spanish/bonito. I also keep one rigged with just a hook so I can cast a live bait easily. When I chum the fish up to the surface I will occasionally use spinners to cast and freeline chunks to them.

But my bottom fishing setup is primarily 2-speed lever drags. I like to have the ability to "winch" fish when needed. Plus the reels are very lightweight and have more drag than you can handle without a harness. I will use spinners when fishing dropper loops for beeliners. I like how quickly spinners can get the baits to the bottom.
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Bottom or troll I use conventional. If I am casting at something (inshore: striped bass, bluefish, trout, snook, redfish, tarpon) (Offshore: mahi or triggerfish under a floating object) I use spinning.

The depths you are discussing are what we fish here for wreck fishing for seabass, flounder, tog and I use conventional. You are likely targeting different species, so different size tackle may be needed, but same premise.
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Spinner. More versatile for most people. Maybe it is just me but I can't cast a conventional worth a damn.
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I'm pretty much all spinning for bottom fishing.
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
Spinner. More versatile for most people. Maybe it is just me but I can't cast a conventional worth a damn.
try a takota 600
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
Spinner. More versatile for most people. Maybe it is just me but I can't cast a conventional worth a damn.
Originally Posted by critt77matt View Post
try a takota 600
Or any reel with a magnetic cast control....
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2 speed conventional reels if you’re gonna be in 150’ plus often.

I use the conventional route but I always have a spinner jogging combo handy and it makes a solid backup or guest rig.
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You are not to extreme jigging....go with the most comfortable, I am not conventional use (and there are less options left handle!)...it seems that you do not need something very strong. You can start with a low retrieve as sedona, lethal....and better cabo or spheros 6k/10k.
What good of the conventional ones it is less weight and that at maximum quality they are cheaper than the spinners(catalina,stella,..)

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mostly use tn 30 conventional reels to bottom fish with , i do have two shimano 4500 spinners ive caught amberjack, snapper and grouper on
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Not much of a clear consensus here it seems. Just threw a braid top shot on a marquesa 20 and a fathom 25 (my two smallest modern conventional reels). I'll bring both along with some 4500 baitrunners and see if I can talk myself into liking the conventionals more. All my conventionals reels are lever drag, mostly finnor marquesa and tiagras.

Don't have any "tiny" conventional reels which are the hot new thing for bottom fishing, just that one penn fathom.

You guys bottom fishing on 30s are either catching bigger fish than me or stronger than me. Or both!
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I have and use both. For conventional reel I prefer a spiral or acid wrapped rod. It helps prevent the rod from twisting under load. Also, a narrower conventional is preferred to make it easier to manually level the line as you reel back in a fish or weight.
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I like conventional for bottom fishing but as said above, all my bottom rods are spiral wrapped. I have reels from a 25 Talica to a 30 Saltiga and 30 Trinidad for bait fishing I also have some smaller conventionals for jigging, both high speed and slow pitch.
Inshore I use spinners.
I cannot believe the OP's statement that he gets more leverage with the rod under his arm. Even on the rare occasion I use a spinner offshore, I still put the butt in my belly. It's a matter of physics, you get a lot more leverage with the rod in your belly of rod belt. I've never seen a rod belt for your underarm. That's why fighting belts and fighting chairs are made to center the rod
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As stated, I do think it boils down to personal preference. I'm in NE Florida and bottom fish from 70-150 and occasionally to 200' and I use spinners for the majority of it. Chicken rigs for bees, triggers and whatever else and also can use the spinners for pitching jigs. I use the conventional for targeting big bottom fish such as groupers, big mangos and those rare and extinct genuines.
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Originally Posted by letsfish22 View Post
As stated, I do think it boils down to personal preference. I'm in NE Florida and bottom fish from 70-150 and occasionally to 200' and I use spinners for the majority of it. Chicken rigs for bees, triggers and whatever else and also can use the spinners for pitching jigs. I use the conventional for targeting big bottom fish such as groupers, big mangos and those rare and extinct genuines.
What is bee? Never fished N FL.
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
What is bee? Never fished N FL.
b liner...bucket liner...vermilion snapper.
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I much prefer a narrow star drag reel to a spinner for bottom fishing. I can still put a conventional rod under my arm if I need to.

I feel like I have better feel and control of what's going on down there with a rotating spool than a spinner. With a spinning reel, I have to keep the line running through my fingers for feel and control, then move my hand back to close the bail, then to the handle to start cranking. With a star drag, I'm locked up with the flip of a lever and can start reeling, all in the same general motion of my right hand.

I've seen too many good fish lost when attempting to close the bail on a spinner.

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