Baitrunner - A really stupid question

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by yotetrapper, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper New Member

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    Been reading about Shimano Baitrunnners, which I see are a spinning reel. What exactly IS a baitrunner? How is it different from a regular spinning reel? Also, is the Penn Live Liner a type of baitrunner? Thanks
     
  2. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    the bait runner has a double drag system.on the back of the reel there is a flipper type lever or button.you flip this all the way up.you then set your normal drag.then when you throw out your bait and set your rod in its holder all you haft to do is flip your bait runner switch on an your drag is set.saves having to set your drag everytime you handle your reel.hope this helps johnnie
     

  3. SkiMax

    SkiMax New Member

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    johnnie was dead on! Another thing i would add though is why i like it. I set my regular drag pretty tight. Then when i cast my bait out I flip this 'bait runner' on. I then set this drag as loose as i can without the current taking my line out. this way the littlest bite will take like out. They can run with your bait without any resistance. Then when you are ready to set the hook, just flip that lever and BAM! you got them!!
     
  4. tspergin

    tspergin New Member

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    the bait runner acts like the same as a clicker on a baitcaster but not as loud it lets the fish take line without resistance and as soon as you turn the handle it switches to the main drag which you pre set for the amount of drag you want when reeling in the fish,,hope this helps,, you can adjust the baitrunner feature to the resistance you want to for different currents so the line wont come off unless a fish pulls it
     
  5. CoonX

    CoonX Member

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    The baitrunner/baitfeeder feature is a secondary drag system. It's basically a controlled freespool system for a spinning reels.
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  6. jim

    jim New Member

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    Yes the PENN liveliner works the same way.:smile2:
     
  7. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    Angela,
    There are no stupid questions.
    Feel free to ask whatever you need to know...W
     
  8. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    No,that was not a stupid question at all.I didn't even know the answer to that.Thank You yotetrapper for asking what I was too scared to ask :embarassed: and Thank you all for the great explanations :big_smile: .I only use regular spinning rods/reels for Ba$$,crappie,bluegill,Gar,and any other bait.I love my spinning reels for some fish but I LOVE my Abu's for cattin' :cool2: !!!
     
  9. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper New Member

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    Thanks for all the great advice guys. This is the friendliest forum I've ever seen. Can learn everything I ever wanted to know about catfish and more. I think I like the sounds of this reel... now to decide between Shimano and Penn. I probably shouldnt even ask this, but does Okuma make one too?

    Ang
     
  10. CoonX

    CoonX Member

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    Yeah, Okuma makes several models of the baitfeeders.
    Epixor BF, Coronado and Avenger is the models available in the states.
    I have the 4 of the Epixor BF and would recommend them.
    From what I've heard, the Coronado and Avenger is also good quality reels.
    Will
     
  11. SkiMax

    SkiMax New Member

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    yeah, okuma does. I have several Okuma Coronado CD90's. Really like them but they might be what u consider a 'big reel' and I know u said in another post u didn't want that though, but it will handle any fish u can shake the ugly stik it is mounted on at!:lol:
     
  12. Snake Charmer

    Snake Charmer New Member

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    I'm Sold on Okuma!....Got one of each!...Both are Very smooth! :big_smile:
     

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  13. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper New Member

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    Think I made up my mind, as I said on another post. Gonna go with a Penn Captiva Live Liner to see if I like the feature and size and all, and then if I do, will graduate to a better model. Gonna put it on a 7 or 8' Ugly Stick Catfish rod. Oughta work? Thanks for all the great replies guys.

    Angela
     
  14. PeZ

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    :0a31: Good question I didnt know either.

    Like my 3rd grade teacher allways used to say there are no stupid questions only stupid people.
     
  15. rushing

    rushing New Member

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    Tica makes some great baitfeeder reels. Been using a Tica Sportera for the past two seasons and love it!
     
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  17. Whiskerwhacker

    Whiskerwhacker New Member

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    The cabelas salt strikers are made by okuma and if you notice they are basically a 45 freshwater. I have 2 of them and they are great. Although, they are not an Abu....The separate drag for the clicker is sweet though. You can fine tune it to weed out "ghost" bites.
     
  18. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    The other guys have answer the question very well.
     
  19. BassMassey

    BassMassey Well-Known Member

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    I am strongly considering buying a shimano 6500 baitrunner next week as soon as i get my taxes back. Im not too familiar with big spinning reels, although i do like the baitrunner feature on this reel. Does anyone here recommend another reel near the same price and size......please let me know what reel and why you would recommend it.......or why the shimano is the right reel..........all input will be appreciated........
     
  20. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    Aaron, Shimano is considered by many to be the best baitrunner. Penn also makes one in its higher end spinning reels and, as you've seen here, Okuma makes several models. I believe even Daiwa now has one. Usually, there are two things I look at on a spinning rig, the drag and the bail. Of the two, the bail is the one that has always given me the most problems. For the most part, Shimano's and Penn's have given me the best service, so I've tended to stick with them.