Which is better for big catfish - Baitcast or Spinning Combos?

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by flathead_ky, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. flathead_ky

    flathead_ky New Member

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    What do you prefer to use when fishing for big cats? A spinning or baitcaster combo?
     
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  2. Fatkat

    Fatkat New Member

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    Baitcasters all the way. :)
     
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  3. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    I definitely prefer baitcasting for BIG cats, but I think that spinning is fine for fish up to 20#-25# or so, even larger in open water. I just think that the drag systems on large revolving spool reels are better than the ones on large spinning reels. That's just my feeling; I don't have any proof to back it up, so if anyone has proof to prove me wrong (or right), please post it.
     
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  4. truck

    truck New Member

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    Few yrs ago I would have said spinning,now baitcasters.
     
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  5. FlatGetter

    FlatGetter New Member

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    Mabe spinning for longer casts. But for doing battels with big cats casting has way more advantages over spinning.
     
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  6. sairving

    sairving New Member

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    :grin-big: :006: I have several of each and I enjoy both them. Whatever catches the fish is what I like. LOL

    Here fishy, fishy
     
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  7. Drum Andersen

    Drum Andersen New Member

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    I would go w/ the baitcaster for bigger fish.
     
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  8. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    I vote with jtrew.
     
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  9. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    I will put my Shimano Baitrunner 6500B up against any Casting reel of similar size, cant beat the baitrunner.
     
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  10. fishnhut

    fishnhut New Member

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    I've used both but am far more comfortable with the spinning.
     
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  11. Ducain

    Ducain New Member

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    Definitely baitcasters for pure cranking power.

    If you're a boat guy, you really don't have to worry about long casting, and if you're a bank guy, the baitcaster is still your friend if used properly.

    The first time I saw BigFish fling a 2oz sinker and half a shad WAY out into the Kanawha river from the bank, I was sold. You can make em zing if you draw back and give it some muscle. ;)
     
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  12. Chief

    Chief New Member

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    i like my penn spinning reel. i'm way more accurate with a spinning since i use them for ba$$ fishing. i have a hard time getting the same accuracy with a baitcaster. i'm sure if i spent the day just casting a weight into the water i could get fairly decent at it, but who has time for that. baitcasters are nice in the sense that they have baitclickers and are generally more rugged. on the downside there always the chance of getting a "birds nest" in the spool. it happens to everyone and it sucks sitting there picking it apart while your baits in the water. spinning reels on the other hand cast easier and there backlash proof. another nice feature of a spinning reel is having the option of changing spools out with different types/wieght line. light salt water spinning reels will do the job on pretty much any catfish while the smaller ba$$ fishing types will catch channel cats and medium blues and flatties. whatever fits your style of fishing, needs and budget:)
     
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  13. Catmeister

    Catmeister New Member

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    I like baitcasters personally. I use spincasters for most other things but for catfishing I like baitcasters.
     
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  14. jim

    jim New Member

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    On a friendly note I would be interested in seeing a list of the "way more advantages" of the baitcasters over spinning.I would also be interested in seeing a post from someone that actually has tested the "Cranking"Power of both side by side with the same weights and conditions.I'm not sure what cranking power really is because unless you mount one of each reel in a static position without a rod and attach a weight to each it will be hard to quantify.I have "Cranked" up a number of cats in the +50 range with a PENN 7500 spinner without the slightest problem.With the "Lift,Drop and Reel technique commonly used on big fish the "Power" factor is centered more in the rod than the reel.Spinning reels are used in the surf ,from ocean piers and boats to subdue the largest of fish like tarpon,kings,reds,stripers,sharks etc every single day.I doubt if either group would be seriously handicapped if they HAD to switch today as part of an experiment.I routinely go back and forth without even thinking about it.If you drift fish from a boat with 100 yds of line out and use 6 outfits or more you will notice one advantage of spinning right away when you go to reel those babies up.:) :p :rolleyes: ;)
     
  15. Tom Morris

    Tom Morris New Member

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    BIGFISH?
     
  16. Fate

    Fate Well-Known Member

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    Depends on where I'm fishing and what I'm fishing for.

    But for "Big Cat's"... Baitcast.
     
  17. D schuerenberg

    D schuerenberg Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Bait casters the line goes straight on spool
    Spinning line makes 90 degree turn
     
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  18. Panfish Bill

    Panfish Bill Active Member

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    Spinning reels will wear out on large fish (even expensive ones, spinning reels have a "transmission" in them as I call it). However they can be a tactical advantage when casting small chunks of bait. In the winter when it's 20 degrees outside using tiny chunks of gizzard shad could net a monster. It's much easier to cast that tiny piece of bait really far with a large spinning reel than a baitcaster.

    Baitcasters are for the heaviest and biggest pieces of baits you can chuck out there. Sure they can wear out too (I had a Mr Catfish go bad on one big fish) but cheap ones that are not junk can actually last longer than some expensive spinning reels (Okuma Classics as an example).

    I've had an astronomical amount of spinning reels go bad on me so I may be a little bias. I only use them as fitness and bait reels. My one big spinning rod on a 12 foot rod has it days numbered...
     
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  19. Ridgerunner665

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    I prefer spinning reels...

    The good ones made for saltwater fishing, they're well made, have plenty of drag, hold plenty of line.

    I find them more comfortable to fish with and if I'm bass fishing I can get a lure anywhere I need one just as accurately as I can with a baitcaster.

    I'm not convinced baitcasters are any "tougher" overall than a well made spinner at similar price points.

    Its mostly just what I've gotten used to.... I prefer the balance of the underslung spinning reels.... And prefer reeling with my left hand and fighting with my right.

    The 2 baitcasters I have are both left hand models even though I am right handed.
     
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  20. Beastly Backlash

    Beastly Backlash Well-Known Member

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    I like both myself, but for different reasons as both reels have their place.

    Modern SW spinners are completely different beasts from their predecessors of just a decade ago, you definitely can't sleep on them any more.

    I still think that baitcasters have better long term durability, then spinners, for the price. But, that is slowly changing.
     
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