Baitcasting or spincasting ?

Are baitcasting rods better for Bass fishing than spinning rods?

When you pose this question I am assuming you are referring to the rod/reel combo. Other than butt design and a few other minor factors I do not see any significant difference between a baitcasting rod and a spinning rod. They key difference in the combo comes with the reel. Spinning reels are easier to cast but generally do not have as good a drag system or as much power as a baitcasting reel. For the beginner fisherman the spinning reel is the place to start. With baitcasting reels you have to be concerned with backlash issues when not cast properly. At some point you will want to experiment with a baitcasting reel. Once you master casting you will find this reel to be much more accurate than a spinning reel. When fishing in heavy cover or other situations where you must horse a fish the added power of a baitcasting reel will prove very valuable. If you do happen to hook a trophy the smoother drag system will also prove to be a big advantage. I have found that spinning reels however are much better with light line. When I am fishing 4-6 pound line in clear water conditions targeting wary Largemouth bass I choose small spinning reel with a rear drag. Baitcasting reels in my opinion do not do well when fishing in these kinds of light line situations. In conclusion I think you should always consider what reel makes your experience more enjoyable. Each fisherman has their own preferences. Use the reel that makes the experience best for you.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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