BaitCasting Reels vs Spinning Reels, which do you prefer for Catfishing

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by beaneye46, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. beaneye46

    beaneye46 New Member

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    what does everyone prefer when it comes to your reel. I have a baitcast w/ clicker which is pretty sweet. but i was looking at the spinners w/ baitrunners. what does everybody prefer?
     
  2. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    Personally I love Baitcasters. "Clickers" to be exact. Although they all have their uses. Just like all other gear does.
     

  3. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    i have spinning and baitcasting. i use spinning mainly in lakes with long "euro-stlye" carp poles when banking for channels. also have some 8 footers when boating for channels in lakes. rest of my fishing is with baitcasters.
     
  4. brad kilpatrick

    brad kilpatrick New Member

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    I prefer to catfish with baitcasters. i'm just more comfortable with a bait caster then with a spinning reel
     
  5. SilverCross

    SilverCross New Member

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    It's to each his own opinion and what your use to using. I have some closed face spinning reels and my baitcasters. I grew up using baitcasters from the beginning so feel right at home with them. So for me, if I could only have one kind it would have to be my abu's, love em. They have came along way in the last fifty years, can't believe how much all reels have inproved.
     
  6. dafin

    dafin New Member

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    I have both bait casters and spinning bait runners . I seldom use the bait casters.I have my spinning reels on rods from 7ft to 15ft.
     
  7. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    I dont have any of the baitrunners so I cant comment on them. But generally I like my baitcasters with clickers for catfish. Spinning reels for bait and maybe smaller cats like channels. If you get the right setup I dont think it matters between them. I like to use my spinning reels for finesse fishing and the baitcasters for ripping lips.
     
  8. Cattoo

    Cattoo New Member

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    i use both. some say the drag is more reliable on baitcasters than it is on spinning gear but i dont know about that. i have caught some massive fish on my okuma bait runner spinning reel with no problems. i will have to say i use bait casters catfishing most of the time but i am going to buy a couple big spinning reels and put them on some 12 foot rods so i can get more distance shore fishing. spinning reels will outcast bait casters.
     
  9. bearcat

    bearcat Member

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    I use both. Depends on how I am fishing. Spinning for smaller cats and bait caster for bigger cats. No reason just like it that way.
     
  10. SilverCross

    SilverCross New Member

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    Hey Dafin, want to get rid of those idle baitcasters??
     
  11. BAM

    BAM New Member

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    I am comfortable with both, and use both. I prefer baitcasters for drifting and use both when anchored.
     
  12. dafin

    dafin New Member

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    Being a packrat I never was much for getting rid of anything. The bait casters are all over 30yrs old. they are mostly abus .
     
  13. SilverCross

    SilverCross New Member

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    Same here Dafin, I'm also a packrat...lol
     
  14. Desperado

    Desperado Active Member

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    I love using baitcasters for cats and spinning reels for my crappie and bluegill on my ultra light.
     
  15. three_rivers

    three_rivers New Member

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    As far as loosing a big fish with spinning reels i think it would be because of operators error. The ark. record was caught on a spinning reel and wieghed in at 116 pounds. Its more personal preference i think.

    Mine is baitcasters. As i've used them about all my life. Every baitcaster i've had has its own good features. The 6000's and 6500's will wrestle anything out there i think. I recently aquired a penn 209 and am absolutely impressed with it so far. The big game handle don't wear you out reelin in those 12 or 16 ounce sinkers all day. It made a 16 pounder feel like a two or three pounder reelin it in heavy current. Also aquired a 7000 but have yet to put that bad boy through the ringer, but its a comin. LOL
     
  16. wpsatisfide

    wpsatisfide New Member

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    I have both and still use both. Never had a problem using either, except when i was learning to throw the baitcasters
     
  17. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I have caught alot of nice flatheads on spinning reels in years past..For some reason appx 6 years ago I felt the need to start using baitcasters..I love the looks and the smoothness of the ABU baitcasters, and the shear power of the penn baitcasters...All I use for cats now is baitcasters, but I am sure I could catch just as many fish with quality spinning tackle.
     
  18. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    Flathunter,

    Go buy a bunch of Shimano Baitrunners & Give Me All Of Your Abu's then!!!!!! :)
     
  19. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Mellon it would not help, you would still get skunked!
     
  20. HOPPY4

    HOPPY4 New Member

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    I have both as well! I will mostly use Spinning for Freshwater and Baitcasters for Saltwater situations. It is not a matter of which is better, but what works best for you. I have caught all of my Wels catfish on Spinning reels and have seen others do the same with Baitcasters and we landed our fish without problems.

    HOPPY4